I know I have not been posting lately. Alright, its been over a month! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! So much has changed for the good this past summer. I am finally picking up where I left off and carrying on.
One thing that always calms and comforts me is baking and cooking. Doing it for myself and sharing it with the people I love is almost as peaceful as meditation.
If my food tastes awful, we laugh about it. If it is delicious we eat in silence because we are too busy trying not to leave a crumb behind. Regardless, it is always known that it was made with love.
This is something I whipped up for breakfast the other day and shared with my little sister. I find oatmeal is great for this time of year. It is warm, hearty and keeps me going all day long. Perfect for a long day at school…
This September I started school again! Which is a really big deal for me. Last time I tried my hand at university I was expelled. I was miserable there, I was dealing with many physical and phycological set backs that I felt I had no control over. It seemed to be I was getting in my own way. But what was worse, was the feeling that I was getting in other peoples way. And for those who have experienced this you know that it is a horrible feeling.
I promised myself I would never go to school again. That I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough and people would realize this and not bother teaching me. Well, this July I made the decision to prove myself wrong and get back on the saddle. I am updating my math and sciences now but who knows what next year will bring! I no longer feel in the way of anyone including myself.
In fact, the only thing I feel currently is full. You know why? Because this porridge is awesome! What more do you need in life than a big bowl of love with a dash of self-confidence?
One-Pot Pear Porridge
2 bartlett pear, cubed (you can substitute with apple)
1/4 cup apple juice
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp of nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk (or sub for more water)
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 ripe banana, mashed
goji berries, nut butter of choice, shredded coconut, pepitas, cacao nibs
- On medium heat, take a small sauce pan and put in apple juice, maple syrup, and water. Allow to begin to simmer.
- Once ready, add pear. You can peel the skin from the pear if you prefer it this way. Then stir in the spices. Leave on medium-low heat string occasionally. After about 7 minutes you should have a syrup and poached pear. Pour this into a bowl and allow to sit while you make the porridge.
- Using the same pot add water and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats.
- Once liquid has been mostly absorbed, about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in nut butter and mashed banana.
- Divide it into portions and top with pear and the syrup.
- Lastly, add all your favourite toppings. I also added extra cinnamon.