I almost drove straight out of town, just to go-on and get-gone. Unfortunately, it’s hard to go-on and get-gone without looking dramatic and explaining at least a portion of your crazy brain. Sometimes the long-shower-learn-to-deal is easier to explain than the go-on and get-gone.
I almost drove straight out of town, but instead I took a shower.
I almost drove straight out of town. Just to go-on and get-gone. Instead I drove to Clemence’s house for chocolate croissants, doughnuts, and fig picking with Malcolm, Olivia, baby Xavy in his rocking chair… and a chicken.
Sometimes the get-gone is closer to home than you think. Sometimes you just need a wooden ladder, a fruiting tree, a lovely family, and a chicken in the street.
Let’s talk about oatmeal. Things are most lovely without the fuss.
Ripe figs are my dream.
Topping them with a drizzle of olive oil and brown sugar is just beyond.
They’re roasted in a hot oven while oatmeal is simmered on the stovetop.
Warm oatmeal. Extra almond milk. Extra extra brown sugar. Soft roasted figs. Mix and swoon.
We’re really just talking about the simplest of indulgences. Sweet, warm fruit over hearty , creamy granola. Use this as inspiration. You can really use any in season fruit that suits your fancy. Not long ago I made Roasted Strawberry Rice Pudding that nearly sent me over the edge.
Sometimes it’s just a humble dish that provides just the comfort and momentary escape you need. By ‘you’, I really mean ‘me’… I’m just talking about myself. You’re probably fine and just need oatmeal for oatmeal’s sake.
Brown Sugar Roasted Fig Oatmeal
8 ripe figs, sliced in half
drizzle olive oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cup water
pinch of salt
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 cup almond milk (or cow’s milk or soy milk), plus more for topping
3 tablespoons brown sugar (for topping the granola)
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place halved figs on baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Place in the oven and allow to roast until soft and bubbling, about 8 to 10 minutes. While the figs roast, make the oatmeal.
In medium saucepan, bring water to a simmer. Add oats and salt and stir. As oats begin to absorb water, add the almond milk. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until oats are cooked thought. Remove from heat. Remove figs from the oven.
To serve, place oatmeal in two bowls. Top with more milk, roasted figs, and brown sugar. Serve immediately.