Feeling Your Oats - Oatmeal, as
Bubby (I) Made
by Yaffa Shepsel
Oats, or `quaker', as the Israelis call it, gets its Hebrew
the round cardboard Quaker Oats container depicting the
pardon me, Puritan Quaker, holding a box of Quaker Oats, with
holding a smaller box with a Quaker holding a smaller box...
Oats are the most healthful grain, being the least processed
and containing the `germ,' or essence, which is often
other grains in the processing, like polished rice and
and even farina. Oats IS the germ. It is chock full of iron,
and fiber, and prepared as oatmeal, is an excellent way to
day if you don't have time to wash for bread.
It has been proven that children perform considerably better
in school, in classroom and in tests, when they have eaten a
breakfast. Mothers, probably, too. And no dry breakfast
Oatmeal comes in pre-cooked tins or in plastic bags, as raw
oats, by far more economical. It can be bought in the open
shuk, and if it is too large, can be quickly milled on the
button of your food processor or in your blender for quicker
Make a huge potful of cereal, during the coming winter
and watch it go! For easy cooking, warm up water in a
add checked oats plus farina and salt. Cooking in water
Plenty of milk can be absorbed after it boils. (This is not a
so you'll have to arrive at your optimum measurements for the
you like.) Farina can be bought cheaply, unprocessed, in
bags, like flour, or smaller packages of 100 grams. This is
kind. Oats do not need extensive checking, but farina does
as well, and it might be better to buy fresh small bags if
have storage space in your freezer.
The farina thickens the oatmeal. Stir in the cereals and
to a boil, then lower the fire to simmering, stirring
At this point, you can add milk, enough to reach your desired
Your cereal should be ready in less than five minutes. Add
butter, if you like, and more milk now to cool it off. Let
pour on sugar themselves, or shake on some cinnamon, pour
or chocolate syrup, even ketchup! Don't laugh until you try
you don't want it sweet, ketchup is a great flavoring!
If you like this cereal, you may want to combine oats, farina
salt in a plastic container, ready for quick breakfast
OATS are an excellent thickener for soups. Add at the final
2-3 tablespoons, and cook another 3-4 minutes.
To your Good Morning health!