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Brown sugar Oatmeal with fruit

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Oatmeal is a very nutritional choice for breakfast. For toddlers and kids, it can make a great meal or afternoon snack. Store bought flavored oatmeal can contain a lot more sugar than you want in yours. Making oatmeal using quick cooking rolled oats only takes minutes.

Brown sugar oatmeal

Kind of food: Breakfast, Snack
How long: 5-10 min
Makes: 2 cups
Pots & Pan: Pot

1/4 cup quick rolled oats – Plain
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp Brown sugar ( or less)
1 pinch of salt (optional)
1/2 cup chopped apples
2 tsp Maple syrup

How to make:
Place oats, water, milk, sugar and salt(optional) in a pot and set it on medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil and cook for about 3-4 min.  While the oats is cooking, chop up the apple. Transfer the cooked oats to a bowl, mix in the apples. Drizzle some maple syrup and serve warm.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tip, tricks and alternatives
The oats will cook faster and creamier when started in cold milk and water. Do not heat the milk and water separately and then add the oats.
The salt in the oatmeal is to bring out the flavors better and add a more dimension
If you want to create more flavor – you can dust some cinnamon or use different types of flavored syrups.

Serving suggestions
Use any other fruit of your choice – berries, bananas, raisins etc. Apples have a good crunch to it and tastes great with maple syrup.


December 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Trifle with innumberable choices

Trifles are layered desert.  There are four basic layers – the bread layer, the cream layer, the fruit layer, the garnish layer and the final fancy insert. This post suggests the basic lay out of trifles and options to use for the four layers.

Trifle dessert

Kind of food: Desert
How long: 15-30 min
12 serving
Pots n pans
: Bowl to mix,  a wide transparent bowl to serve or wide mouthed glasses for individual servings.


Choices for bread layer Choices for cream layer Fruit layer Choices for garnish layer
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
+ one of the following choices
Choices for the final fancy insert
6 cups of angel food cake (available in the bakery section) chopped into 1″ cubes – 5 cups of whipped cream topping mixed with 1 cup of mango pulp

3 cups of chopped fruits like apples, pineapple, mangoes, pears, grapes, strawberry and kiwi. Avoid over ripe fruits that will turn this mixture soggy.
If you will chop ahead of time add 1 Tbsp of honey or 1 tsp lime juice to prevent fruits from browning
1/2 cup of chocolate shavings (grate a hard chocolate block available in the cake mix/desert aisle using a vegetable peeler) 12 pieces of Pirouline cream filled wafers – Cigar like roles available in the cookie/cracker aisle
6 cups of any cake chopped into 1″ cubes 3 Nos (3.4 Oz boxes) of instant pudding mix (any flavor) – available in the cake mix/desert ingredient asile. Prepare as given in the box with milk 1/4 cup of any one fruit chopped 12 wafers
6 cups of Nilla wafers or other soft cookie – available in the cookie/cracker aisle 6 cups mango shrikand or plain shrikand 1/4 cup of maraschino cherry 12 interesting cookies like star, holiday themed or chocolate coated cookies
12 biscotti pieces

How to arrange:
In the serving bowl place your choice of bread in a single layer.  Top with 1/2 of the cream layer.  If using pudding mix prepare as per instructions on the box.  Top with the fruit layer and then the other  half  of the cream layer.  Fill a tea strainer with cocoa powder and tap slightly on the edge of the strainer to form a uniform dusting on top.  Garnish with your choice of garnishes. Trifles can be arranged in a wide transparent bowl or as individual serving in wine or martini glasses. And finally place your choice of fancy insert on individual servings of trifle or on top of the individual trifles in glasses at the time of serving.
Note:  If you are confused with what to choose for each layer, then assess which ingredient choice mentioned for each layer is your most favorite.  Voila! It is that simple.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas
For a very fancy look, layer this trifle in wine glasses or glass tumblers or transparent disposable glasses.
Drizzle chocolate sauce or caramel sauce on top for a contrasting visual effect.

December 3, 2008 at 6:26 am Leave a comment

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