Monday, July 28, 2008

Winter Breakfast

I've found ways around most of the ingredient shortages here in the jungle, but I still haven't found a suitable substitute for my favorite Canadian winter breakfast ... a cooked multi-grain cereal sprinkled with some wholesome whole grain crunchy cereal and topped with vanilla flavored rice milk. If you can eat bananas, they would make an excellent addition.

The cooked cereal part is super easy ... for a one person serving, I boil 1/2 cup cereal with 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring until it thickens up the way I like it. The super crunchy flaked cereal makes a perfect topping and the vanilla flavored rice milk adds just enough sweetness.

(For those who can eat fruit, this dish is improved with your favorite fruit added. Raisins can be added before cooking, and bananas, watermelon, mangoes or others can be added cold to the top of the hot cereal.)

I love this breakfast so much that I ate it almost every morning for the month I stayed with Mom in New Brunswick. I have tried to create a similar 12-grain cereal here in the jungle, but haven't found enough of the right grains here to get a tasty balance. I have tried making a rice milk, but wasn't happy with the result so will have to try that again.


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