I’m getting ready to tackle two big areas—finances and food—and in the meantime I thought I’d share one of my revelations from the week: making a bowl of oatmeal from scratch takes the same amount of time and produces a better result than making a bowl of flavored oatmeal that comes out of a little packet. The food writer Mark Bittman wrote about this in 2011, and yet I continued to buy those packets. It was only out of necessity (the child needs breakfast and we’re out of Cheerios) and serendipitous availability (rolled oats left over from cookie making) that I tried combining oats and milk in a bowl that went in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. I sprinkled the finished product with brown sugar. And that was it.
You are now shaking your head, waiting for me to mention that oh, yeah, the child has Rickets because we just couldn’t feed him enough ice cream to meet his daily vitamin D and calcium requirements, or something as absurd as not knowing about oatmeal, right?
I know. I hope there will be more revelations like the oatmeal one and that I’ll finally figure out how to juggle time demands with cooking good food.
If food is something that you’re trying to simplify and improve, you may be interested in 100 Days of Real Food. (Thanks for the tip, Mom!)