Thursday, 4 August 2011

Rainy Day = Baked Oats

Unlike yesterday's sunshine, this morning we woke up to pouring rain. It was miserable. Of course, a great comfort in life is food (!) & daughter and I both agreed that baked oats would be an appropriate rainy day breakfast, especially if chocolate was involved.

Brownie Baked Oats, with a hint of coconut
(serves 2-3)
  • 80g oats
  • 160ml coconut cream
  • 110ml milk
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 15g desiccated coconut
  • splash coconut extract
  • tsp coconut butter
  • 20g sweet freedom
I split this mix into 3 mini loaf tins and baked for 20 minutes at 190C. Despite all the coconut ingredients, these weren't actually that coconutty. They were chocolatey though! Toby had half one (but was too impatient to wait for a photo!), Izzy had one (but saved half to eat cold mid-morning) & I had one & half (perhaps too much, but i kept eating!!)

At Izzy's request, we topped ours with a vanilla Alpro yoghurt/pudding, and I also put some more desiccated coconut on mine...

This was so delicious - it tasted like chocolate sponge pudding with custard...

The magical powers of breakfast worked too as the rain stopped mid-morning, yey!

Lunch was quite light as we were going out for food at 3pm, so I just ate some more things that needed using before we go away - 3 oatcakes, a tiny bit of Brie, some creme de St Agur and a nectarine...

Random, but really tasty! The nectarine was perfectly ripe so I had another one later this afternoon, I love summer fruits!

As I said, mid-afternoon we were going out for food. Today is my Grandma's birthday (and my sister-in-law....happy birthday both of you!) so we met her for cream tea. No actual photos as I didn't think my Grandma would like me getting the camera out (indeed, she had a go at me for using my phone to take photos hence only one!!) but the scones were delicious nonetheless...

My Grandma wanted me to ask the question, so... jam before clotted cream, or clotted cream before jam?? As you can see, I put the jam on first, but Liam thinks it is more logical to put the clotted cream first (he only eats the clotted cream, no jam, so doesn't bring practical experience to the question!!)

Once we got back from seeing my Grandma, we spent the rest of the afternoon packing. My Mum offered to have both children at her house for an hour (yey, she usually only has Izzy!) so Liam and I were able to get lots done while they were out, and then Izzy packed her own suitcase when she got back...

She was so cute, folding everything neatly and constantly sighing and wiping her forehead as if it was really hard work!!

Going on holiday with the children is so different from going on holiday on our own - most of the car's boot will be filled with Toby's huge pushchair, and then we need to take his travel cot, plus all of our clothes, food etc...I hope we fit everything in!!

No photos of dinner as we haven't eaten yet - the children had leftover curried cauliflower burgers in sandwiches with ketchup (thanks for the suggestion Sarah!!) as we are off out this evening :) We're meeting my sister and her boyfriend again to see a local band play. But first Liam and I are heading to the food vans - our last chance to get some yummy festival food!! :)


  1. Cream Tea, yumm!
    I always put the clotted cream on first, and then the jam on top... (but who knows, I'm a vulgar American! ;)
    I could do with a cup of tea right now, but have no milk at work - gah!

    I hope you have a wonderful trip away with the kiddos!


  2. Haha, some people put cream on first and some jam on first in the UK, it often causes great discussion for some reason - I've never really understood the big fuss - so long as you enjoy it, who cares about the order?? Unless you're like Liam and have your scones with just clotted cream, that's just weird!

    I could do with a cup of tea too - I've run out of skimmed milk & don't want to buy anymore because we're going away. I tried to have a coffee earlier using Liam & the kids' full-fat milk, but it made me feel so ill - I grew up on semi-skimmed so full-fat just tastes too heavy!!

    Thank you :) I'm really looking forward to it! Even if it does rain, the campsite we're staying at has lots of indoor activities like a swimming pool, pottery painting place, ten pin bowling there should be plenty to do! :)

  3. Woo hoo! Sandwiches are genuinely the best invention ever :D haha
    cream tea sounds looooverly, i haven't had one for years!

  4. I always do cream first but having surveyed my friends recently they think I am weird for doing so :)

  5. I am sure Devon does it one way and Cornwall the other. I would have jam first, as I am not sure how you put jam on top of cream, but as I don't like cream I only have jam anyway!


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