Before around seventh grade, the adults let you believe whatever you want, as far as fantasy is concerned. I remember watching Disney princess movies as a little girl, and aspiring to be a princess when I grew up. I also knew mermaids and fairies existed, and hoped I would be the lucky human to encounter one. I wished we still had a Monarchy governmental system, rather than a Democracy. I wanted to be a princess and marry Prince Charming and wear pretty dresses and go to balls. I knew that today, the closest thing to royalty was being the president’s wife, and she didn’t wear ball gowns or get saved by a knight in shining armor. I used to wonder why society was different today, since it was obviously better in the 13th Century when we had princesses and magic abounded.
In elementary school, I was encouraged to believe in fairy tales and such, especially by one unforgettable teacher who lent me her book of illustrated fairy poems to read in class. While this was an act of kindness, it only allowed me to believe in fairies a few more years before the blow of the crushing news you receive once you hit middle school.
In seventh grade, you learn about ancient history, including the Dark Ages. You learn how only the royals and nobles had any sort of luxuries. And furthermore, luxury in those days consisted of swan’s neck pudding, cold stone chambers, and maybe around three or four hand-tailored dresses. As a princess, one had no rights and could not choose her own husband. And royal status could not exempt one from the Plague. Furthermore, common knowledge was so backward in those days that hygiene was practically nonexistent, and a toothache was a sign that the devil was inside you and needed to be let out by extracting the tooth. Anesthesia? No such thing!
Can you imagine being a lowly serf during the Middle Ages? Backbreaking work, constant fear of beheading/dragons (though those tended to target princesses), and all you’d have to eat in the morning was a humble bowl of mush. Nowadays we have the class to call it “oatmeal.” I am taking it one step further with this recipe to call it an “oatmeal bowl.” I wish I could go back in time to feed this oatmeal to the poor and oppressed during such a dark time. The delicious flavors of pumpkin, hearty spices, and indulgent Nutella (which hadn’t even been invented yet) would surely warm their hearts and souls. (Not to mention their stomachs.) Furthermore, Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Hot Cereal is much healthier than the mush I’m sure they had those days. It would fuel them for a hard day of toiling in the fields. (Or riding to a ball in a pumpkin, as the case may be.)
Thank heavens today we are advanced enough instead of hunting for swans to make into pudding, we can cook up a healthy, delicious bowl of oatmeal with nutrient-rich dried fruit. This oatmeal is perfect for breakfast or dessert (and a much better dessert option than anything made out of a beautiful bird.)
Pumpkin Nutella Oatmeal Bowl
- 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill brand 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal
- 2/3 cup warm water
- generous splash of cinnamon
- shake of nutmeg
- 1 tbl golden raisins
- 1 tbl dried cranberries
- 1/2 tbl organic raw agave syrup
- 2 tbls pumpkin butter
- 1 tbl Nutella
Directions: Pour water into medium pot on stove. Turn heat to high until water is bubbly.
Add dry oats to water. Cook for a few minutes, stirring every once in a while. In between stirring, at some point add cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and cranberries. Also add the agave and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter.
When oats are done cooking, remove from heat and pour into serving bowl. Add remaining pumpkin butter and 1 tablespoon Nutella. Swirl it around with a spoon. Wait a couple minutes for oatmeal to cool, and then enjoy!
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