Dizzy Swallows

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries & Banana

August 12th, 2011 3 Comments

Breakfast chez nous is typically a dull affair. With both of us working from home, we have our simple morning routine down pat. Coffee is the first priority as we roll out of bed, bleary-eyed and yawning. Promptly after, the whir of computers spooling up fills our make-shift office (which double and triples as the living room and dining room) as teeth are brushed, water splashed on faces, and some semblance of clothes are thrown on. We are creatures of habit, and breakfast has suffered sadly for this. Most days oatmeal is our go to dish – it’s fast, easy, nutritious, and can be spiced up with whatever is on hand. But boy can it get old. Enter the ever ingenious Heidi, and her baked oatmeal.

This wonderful dish is worlds away from the typical gruel most people associate with cooked oats. Golden-topped, crispy-edged, scented with the sweet smell … Continue reading

Turmeric and Raisin Pancakes

April 22nd, 2011

A few weeks ago, Jacob and I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on Ayurvedic cooking. The highlights included: breath deeply to avoid stress, drink more water, eat little to no processed foods, less meat, more plants, and whole grains. Oh, and throw away your non-stick pans in favor of those coated with ceramic. Le Creuset, anyone? One topic I found particularly fascinating, however, was a discussion of the various healing properties of spices.

Though I am generally one to reach for fresh herbs over dried spices, I have held a deep and abiding love of turmeric. A member of the ginger family, I adore the rhizome’s delicate, earthy flavor.

In one form or another, the turmeric plant has been used in cooking for centuries. In the Middle Ages, turmeric was referred to as Indian Saffron, and was used as a substitute for the more expensive spice. Today, … Continue reading