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Oatmeal #134: Rollin’ the Pizza December 15, 2009

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Today’s lunch:

Pizza on homemade pizza dough–with oatmeal–because that’s how I roll πŸ˜€ And I roll good dough, yo.

The bread turned out pretty thick ’cause I added too much water and so it was hard to roll the dough as flat as I wanted. Otherwise I would have had more surface area to play with while making pizza!

I’ve been smellin’ pizza every week when I go grocery shopping and I couldn’t take it any more!

Pizza dough – makes 3 thick pieces
1.25 cups ww flour
0.25 cup quick oats [I used 2 tbsp pancake mix in this ’cause I was curious what it’d be like–made no difference]
enough water to make a dough–0.5 cup – 0.67 cup?
0.25 tsp salt
0.75 tsp EVOO
0.75 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp yeast

Mix and let sit 2 hours.
Knead dough on floured surface after 2 hours and shape into balls. Place onto baking pans or whatever you want [I used aluminum foil] Roll them out however thick you want. Cover and let sit for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Bake for 7 mins.

I was gonna add pepper and oregano to the dough but I forgot! And when I remembered–I didn’t feel like walking all the way to the kitchen πŸ˜›

Don’t know if I can call this “oatmeal” experimenting ’cause there’s only 0.25 cup of oats in there, but I don’t have the funds for gluten free baking and… don’t tell me what to call my pizza! You don’t know me!

I also had a salad on the side:

It’s just the extended version of my pizza topping πŸ˜€ Coleslaw & frozen mixed veg.
And that’s oregano, parsley, and pepper sprinkled on the side. Pepper has become my new favorite condiment/spice–it gives vegetables so much flavor, and the smell reminds me of spicy butter! I’m so tempted to add it to my banana oatmeal. That’s how much I love it.

Final shot:

I think watching Iron Chef America has brought out the inner food stylist in me. They need to do a battle with oatmeal–and I bet someone will make oatmeal ice cream–they use the ice cream maker for the strangest things on that show! I think they made veal sorbet or something like that once?! Mind-blowing.

1 exam down, 1 more to go next Monday!
6 days til I get to go home!


Oatmeal 131: Spiced Sweet Potato Bread November 17, 2009

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This is what I do when I have to stay up all night:

Baking, cooking things, and trying not to set off fire alarms!
I’m a volunteer for the Campus Observation Room this year and I had an on-call shift from 12 – 4 a.m. on Saturday night, so instead of using this extra time to study, I dirty up the kitchen counter!

This is my second attempt at sweet potato bread, and I used a modified version of my Oatmeal Bread recipe, subbing sweet potatoes for the wheat germ and flax!

Spiced Sweet Potato Bread – 12 slices
1 packet or 1 tsp sweetener of choice [I used Sweet&Low]
1.5 cup lukewarm water
1.0 tsp instant yeast
3 cups ww flour
0.75 cup quick oats
1 medium sweet potato, mashed
0.25 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger [I used 0.75 tsp–but the flavor doesn’t show up much with this amount!]
1 tbsp flax for sprinkling

About half an hour before, microwave or cook the sweet potato. I nuked it for 4 minutes, then cubed it.
Once the potato has cooled, mix all ingredients together, except the flax.

Let sit for 1 hour.

Fold dough after 1 hour.
Shape dough and put into bread pan or baking pan. Brush top of the dough with water or milk and sprinkle flax on top.

Let sit for 3-4 hours. [I let it sit for 2 hours, but the addition of sweet potatoes seem to slow the yeast down, so I’d recommend letting it sit longer]

Preheat oven to 350F.
Bake 20-30 minutes.

Yay! I actually got more servings this time because I waited longer before baking. Next time I’m going to wait even longer before popping into the oven!

The bread was slightly sweet and has a chewy center, and crunchy crust! Definitely a bread that tastes good after a good toasting. I think next time I’m going to add more ginger, ’cause I could barely taste it.

School semester is almost over! 2 weeks left! 5 weeks and 6 days til I get to go home!

Oatmeal #130: Bread! November 9, 2009

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Oh what is this, an update 2 days in a row?

Look what I made 2 days ago!

My first loaf of bread everrrr!
This is actually my second attempt at bread baking, but the first time I baked sweet potato buns!

I’m so glad I decided to buy yeast at the grocery store–I think I have enough yeast to last me through the year, which means I never have to buy bread again! And I get to procrastinate bake some more!

This loaf turned out crunchy on the outside, and chewy and soft on the inside. And the smell was nutty and sweet! Too bad I didn’t have a bread pan, because otherwise this could have been sandwich bread!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread
makes 12 thick slices

1 packet sweet & low [or 2 tsp sweetener of choice]
1.75 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp instant yeast
3 cups ww flour
0.75 cup quick oats [or ground rolled oats/oat flour]
0.25 cup flax
0.25 cup wheat germ
0.25 tsp salt

Mix everything together until it forms a dough.
Let sit for about 2 hours.
Fold the dough and let it sit for another hour.
Fold again. Wait another hour.

If you haven’t already, transfer the dough to a baking pan or pour it into a bread pan.
Shape the dough to your liking.

Sprinkle some oats or seeds on top of the loaf if you like. Might be helpful to brush a bit of eggs or water on top to help the toppings stick [I didn’t do that, but I should have!]
Let the dough sit another hour.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Ta da!

Oatmeal #127: Pseudo-Pumpkin October 31, 2008

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I have no Halloween pumpkin, so this is my pumpkin πŸ˜€
To be fair…there is pumpkin in the oatmeal!

  • Β whole wheat bread “pumpkin”, Tomato pretz “stem”
  • pumpkin, oats, flax, milk, cinnamon, ground ginger
  • strawberries and walnuts for fun! :mrgeen:

I was going to use an english muffin instead, but the cafeteria had none of that so I had to improvise!

So glad Halloween’s on a Friday this year~

And today’s also my mom’s birthday!

Is anyone dressing up and going out this year??

Pumpkin Patch October 20, 2008

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Reverse dating!

October 12 [day before Thanksgiving!]

Oatmeal #126: Pumpkin Oatmeal Pie

  • pumpkin, cinnamon, ground ginger, flax, milk

With toasty bread crust and vanilla yogurt icing. πŸ˜€ I’m definitely addicted to eating oatmeal and sandwiches in general like this!



Mac n’ cheese–with turkey for Thanksgiving! I also threw in spinach, tomatoes, and an egg~

One of my ziplog boxes melted when I was making this πŸ‘Ώ The tip was touching the hot part of the stove and it melted a hole right through!

Oct. 11

  • cocoa, pumpkin, walnuts, flax, milk, cinnamon, almond pudding powder [?]

I can’t remember what else was in it ’cause this was a week ago πŸ˜›



Okay first of all–imagine the above, but times three. πŸ˜€

And the caf had salmon and chicken–so how can I not take advantage of that? Their lo mein noodle salad is also awesome -drool-


I bypassed this tray of warm, chocolatey fudge brownies that was just calling my name–so I grabbed some, along with a chocolate chip cookie and pineapples! Thanksgiving weekends at the caf are amazing!

Oct. 10

  • Pumpkin, goji berries, flax, milk/yogurt [?], walnuts , cinnamon

A very attractive picture of my lunch, taken under the beautiful florescent lights of the lab:

Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, chickpeas, kidney beans, pumpkin, oregano, and an egg! It feels like I haven’t had Brussels sprouts in ages!


Top left: Cheerios, crackers, and PB with milk.

Bottom left: whole wheat bread, baba ghanoush and cucs

Bottom right: some sort of tomato clam chowder with lots of chickpeas and kidney beans.

Whoo hoo!

And argh–don’t know whether I should go to the gym today…since I am no where near done this assignment that’s due tomorrow πŸ˜›

Oatmeal #125: Bread Bowl October 14, 2008

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This is from how long ago?!

October 5 [last Sunday!]

It’s just a hole in the middle of an english muffin πŸ˜€

  • oatmeal, pear, flax, milk, water, coconut, walnuts


It was quite tricky to eat out of πŸ˜›


But it’s fun to look at! πŸ˜€



Broccoli, spinach, chickpeas, kidney beans, brown rice, rice vinegar, and rice seasoning. I think I also had an egg to go with this–but I forgot about it until the end!

Question: When you use the weight machines at the gym–what do you guys normally use? I started playing around with weights on Sunday and it was fun! So gimme some tips, yo πŸ˜€

Oatmeal #124: PB&B&O Sandwich Pie October 10, 2008

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  • 0.25 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • milk & water
  • 1 tbsp PB
  • 0.5 medium banana
  • 1 whole wheat toast

I think this is the first time I’ve had a proper PB&B sandwich–y’know, not on english muffins or anything. So it was really exciting!


Melty PB is definitely the way to go! I’m microwaving all PB from now on.

Oh and I forgot to post Friday’s lunch:


That’s all I have to say :mrgreen:

Class in 20 minutes–better go!

Non-Experiment Stuff #1: Un-adventures May 23, 2008

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So this is what I had for breakfast on day one [Tuesday] of my “withdrawal period”–plain ol’ apple&cinnamon–this is actually the first time I tried that combo–if you can believe it! It was good–should have added more oatmeal though!


What I had on Wednesday:

Wanted to finish the rest of my ground beef! Also used this opportunity to use up the last of my whole wheat tortillas! And I added cherries&corn for fun factor! I never knew they tasted so AWESOME together! The cherries didn’t taste weird AT ALL with the beef–I’m definitely making this again!

My camera ran out of batteries yesterday morning so I couldn’t take pictures! 😦 But I had pumpkin, apples, and corn with my oats πŸ˜€
I did, however, take pictures of yesterday’s lunch:

Veggies! And pasta sauce.

And finally, this morning I had:

Cherries, blackberries, Colombian instant coffee powder, walnuts, sugar, 2% milk

And a glass of soy milk on the side! Cherries & coffee definitely go well together. I find that adding coffee to my oatmeal is one of the easiest ways to get in some caffeine without going overboard! Not really much of a coffee drinker πŸ˜›

Finally, today’s lunch!

I’m finally done with my bag of white bread! This sandwich represents the return of whole grain&wheat!

To the left, whole wheat bread, to the right, white bread!

How exciting πŸ˜€
I’m going to be having packed lunches throughout this weekend as I’ll be in the lab from about 8: 00 til 5: 30~but I get to enjoy a free BBQ tomorrow since I’m volunteering at this event my school’s hosting! In fact, I have to get going in about 15 minutes [volunteers have to be there at 8: 15–I’m ushering for a film screening!]–and won’t be home til 10: 30 tonight–haven’t gone to sleep this late in a while!

Experiment #25: Apples & PB Tortilla May 22, 2008

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I had lots of whole wheat tortilla leftover…

Had this on Monday.
I used 1/3 cup oats and it was just the right amount for 4 of these wraps–awesome!

Next time I’m going to wrap these with at least half a tortilla instead of dividing the thing into quarters…’cause there weren’t enough tortilla to go around the apple, pb, and oatmeal! I had enough time to eat the apple core and one of the wraps before rushing off to the lab [at 7 a.m.!] for about half an hour…but anyway I liked! Very filling~it’d make a great snack!

And now for some more of what I’ve been having besides oatmeal!

Coffee, yogurt&0.5 piece bread&blackberries, scrambled egg&lean ground beef&0.5 tomato& bread

Yes…this is what I do when I have leftovers–add them to everything I’m cooking–I’m lucky I have an adventurous palate! But the stuff usually come out tasting pretty good so it’s all good! πŸ˜€

For dinner that night I had more leftover veggies & rice balls:

The drink was my favorite part of the meal, ’cause it was a spur of the moment creation! I’m sure people who have been cooking a long time will be kinda surprised I’ve never tried it before…but anyway! After I finished boiling everything depicted in the picture above [except the veggie patty & pasta sauce, obviously!] I kept the leftover water [leftovers from leftovers! πŸ˜† ] and added a very tiny tiny bit of the chicken bouillon mom left for me–and thus a bowl of soup was born!

I had it in a cup ’cause I like eating out of cups πŸ˜€

And I’ve been holding off having more oatmeal experiments since I want to catch up with all the experiments I’ve already done before I add more! But now that I’m all caught up, I can starting a-mixin’ again! I’ve got two ideas I really want to try out–exciting!

Experiment #24: Bread – Part II May 21, 2008

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More ugly but tasty food!

cherries, blackberries, pumpkin, bread, brown sugar

Had this on Sunday.
It took forever to take the seeds out of the cherries…but I had to do it before putting it into the oatmeal or else it’ll take forever to eat just a bite and that would have been worse! But I think I’ve discovered another natural sweetener for my future oatmeal & dessert adventures~exciting!

On another note, I’m still trying to tackle my stash of leftovers! So on Monday I made veggie patties:

Lettuce, chickpeas, onions, green pepper, garlic, Kellogg’s All-Bran Original & bread [ROFL]

Hahaha I can’t believe I put cereal in there~but I remember what my mom taught me about adding sugar for seasoning and I thought–why not? It tasted alright, although I wouldn’t serve it to anyone πŸ˜› But at least I’m trying new things? πŸ˜†

I had a patty for dinner on Monday along with my other leftover veggies..x_X It was a lot of veggies…

Holy crap!

And I overestimated the flavors of the vegetables…so I added some Classico Red Wine&Herb pasta sauce:

Hurray for flavors!

Yeah~the veggies included bean sprouts, two kinds of lettuce [romaine and some other light colored one oO], green peppers [left over from the patties], kidney and romano beans. That doesn’t sound like a lot…but I was stuffed.

Oh, and those white bally stuff in the small bowl off to the side? Glutinous rice balls stuffed with pork & ginger–they are the BEST. Mom made a ton of these before she left–they’re my favorite things out of all my leftovers:


I still have a ton left–yay! But I should probably finish them before they go bad…roar–I hate it when I have to rush to finish food, although I do like that it forces me to be creative [maybe overly so…] but then it also feels like I’m forcing myself to eat certain foods 😦 Eating should be fun, dammit!