This is a winning combination for a healthy and tasty brekkie to get you back into normal meal routine after Christmas. Both will need to be begun the day or night before but this preparation does not take long.

orange infused steel cut oats with peaches, pistachio nuts and honey

Serves 2

¾ cup whole grain steel cut oats

1 ½ cup milk

¾ cup water

2 thin peels of orange rind

+little extra milk or water when cooking

to serve

fruit (this version uses peaches, but you could use any or a combo of stone fruits)

handful of nuts (this version uses pistachio nuts - I bought salted with shells on and removed the shells before roughly chopping. The tiny bit of salt worked well but feel free to just have plain pistachios)

honey

The morning before, soak the steel cut oats with the milk and water in the pot that you plan to cook them in. Cover and leave in the fridge. That night, add the peels of orange rind. Leave the pot covered in the fridge.

Bring the oat mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and stir regularly until liquid is absorbed. About 20-25 minutes (if you haven’t soaked for 24 hours, it will be closer to 30-35 minutes). You will feel the oats but it shouldn’t be too chewy.

Remove from the heat. Remove the orange peel. You can add some extra milk to give a smoother consistency.

Serve into bowls. Quarter your peach (one half per person) and arrange on top. Roughly chop pistachios and scatter on top of the peaches. Drizzle with honey.

 

cold brew coffee

This is a refreshing change, particularly in the summer months when you feel like a coffee but it's over 35 degrees. Click on the link to head over to my blog to see steps with pictures: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/coffee-tv-home-made-cold-brew-coffee/