Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Patient Puppy and a Twist on a Breakfast Standard

Teddy likes to get drinks out of the ponds in the lower garden.

So several times a day you can find her sitting by the gate.

She waits and waits and stares at the house until someone notices her. If it takes too long she barks a funny little yip that always means....I want something!

As soon as I open the gate she heads for the pond.

It doesn't matter that there is a perfectly fresh bowl of water sitting right on the patio. She prefers her water flavored! There are fish in that pond.

When she is done with the drink and a quick look around for 'bad kitties', she heads back up the path.

It's a long haul for a little chow chow.

Since they lack the extra joint in their legs they have to bunny hop up steps.

Except for the last step where she has to slow down before she enters the upper garden.

A chow chow would never go running wild into an area. She enters cautiously in case the 'bad kitties' have moved to the upper garden while she was getting her drink.

And then a couple hours later we do it all over again!

Breakfast anyone?

I don't like sweet things for breakfast. I like steel cut oats. I don't like steel cut oats covered in brown sugar or maple syrup. This has posed a predicament in the past. Recently I had the idea to make savory steel cut oats. I put water in a pot and added sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary.

Then I measured out some oats.

I added them to the boiling water.

Then brought them to a slight boil.

Soon they begin to thicken.

Once they are at this stage I give them a good stir and remove them from the heat.

I let them sit for about 15 minutes until they look like this.

While they are setting up I diced vegetables I had on hand. You can use whatever you like.

I sauteed them until they started to brown. I cracked some sea salt and pepper and some garlic powder on them.

I put some oats in each bowl.

Then fried some free range eggs.

I topped the oats with the vegetables.

Then topped them with a fried egg and some crumbled bacon.

No more maple syrup for me! These would be great served with sausage or ham and even topped with black eyed gravy. The variations are unlimited.

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