You know you are a true foodie when your Christmas presents from your sister consist of a huge jar of pink sugar crystals, vanilla beans, saffron, and Thai iced tea mix. You know you’re a super nerdy foodie when you jump up and down like a six year old upon receiving all of these delicious yum yums. Well, I wear my nerdy foodie hat proudly! And to say that I was excited to get these gifts would be a complete understatement.
My first creation—this Thai tea oatmeal. But to my surprise, I’ve told two people about this oatmeal and both of them frowned their faces at the sound of it. And I just can’t quite figure out why. I can’t figure out why oatmeal made with plain water or milk would be better than oatmeal made with a flavorful concoction like Thai tea (or chai or soy nog… mmmm). In my mind, it’s like someone preferring to eat tofu straight out of the container, rather than marinated in chili and lime. And actually, one friend doubted whether this oatmeal is even “blog-worthy.” YIKES! Well, foodie friends, it is. And it is, for the following reasons:
1. It tastes good. Dang good, I might add.
2. It’s different, innovative even, and yet super simple.
3. It’s highly adaptable. It can be made with earl grey tea or rooibos tea or chocolate-peppermint rice milk, you name it.
The point is, sometimes convention is great, and a bowl of traditional oatmeal is whatcha crave. But that can get tired, and if it does, I would totally recommend playing around with the cooking liquids that you use to prepare your oatmeal (especially if the alternative is that sugary stuff in a box full of old dry fruit that’s been sitting on the shelf for months). O.K., I am totally off of my soap box. Happy National Oatmeal Month! And thanks again Keyla and family for the wonderful Christmas gifts!!! 😀
Thai Tea Oatmeal
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup almond (or other) milk (+ additional milk for the end)
2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon thai tea mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*Heat water in small sauce pan just until it boils. Add desired amount of Thai tea mix and dissolve. Drop heat to medium.
*Add milk, salt, oats, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Cook over medium for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add to bowl and drizzle with additional milk (if desired).