It might be the most important meal of the day, but it is also the one I have the least enthusiasm for. It isn't that I don't want to eat breakfast. The problem is I don't want to make breakfast. As a consequence I find myself falling into the rut of making the same things over and over. Saying I make the same "things" over and over makes it sound like the menu is full of items. The reality is there is a paltry total of two items in my morning rotation.
First up is oatmeal. Of course, this being me, and me being slightly quirky, even a hot bowl of cereal ends up not being straightforward. No little packets of instant stuff you dump boiling water over and stir until the
chemicals ingredients dissolve. I rotate between using organic large flake oats and rolling my own oats. Yes, you read that right. It is possible to roll your own oats, and the resulting flavour makes it well worth the bit of extra time it takes.
You simply dump the oat groats in the top of the grinder and turn the crank.
The bottom bin fills up with fresh rolled oats.
Keeping with the quirky theme I add a couple spoonfuls of hemp hearts.
My brother has made the tongue-in-cheek observation that Canadians can find more ways to use cannabis than anyone else. To clear up any misconceptions about the ability of this breakfast condiment to add anything other than nutrition to my day here is what the Canada Hemp Foods site has to say about consuming this product.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?Hemp and Marijuana are both in the Cannabis family, but hemp seed does not contain the psychoactive compound, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that Marijuana does. Hemp is grown for industrial purposes; food, fiber and fuel. This is why hemp is legal and marijuana is not. It is similiar to the difference in poppies that are grown to make opium narcotic and the poppys that are grown for the poppy seeds that are used in food products like bagels.
So, now that we have cleared that up I will just add some home dried cranberries and Canadian maple syrup, stir, and enjoy a perfectly legal breakfast.
The other item in my morning line-up is yogurt. Of course, not just any yogurt. If you recall from this previous post, I make my own yogurt. Since that post I have discovered a great source for yogurt cultures and now make my own Bulgarian yogurt, using part whole milk and part cereal cream (half and half for my American readers).
I start by stirring in some homemade blackberry/raspberry jam.
What comes next makes referring to myself as quirky the observational equivalent of the captain of the Titanic saying to his crew and passengers they were just going to stop off the coast of Newfoundland for a wee bit. I am sure you must be thinking, "Holy Crap, what next?" Good question.
This blurb is from the company's website:
the world’s most amazing breakfast cereal
Holy Crap is super packed with Omega-3s, Omega-6s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fibre and antioxidants. Our three main ingredients are some of the oldest perfect foods known to man. Our key ingredient, Chia or Salvia Hispanica L. is a recently revived oil seed crop from the America’s that was once more valuable than gold to the Aztecs. Used by the Tarahumara Indians, the greatest long distance runners on the planet, our Chia has had a long history as a slow burning rocket fuel for both athletes and warriors alike.
The ingredients include organic chia,
Let's see what's in the bag.
It might not be the breakfast of champions, but I think it qualifies as a breakfast for weirdos.