Give as much care to simple dishes and the humbler foods as you do to elaborate dishes and ambitious menus. At the same time, do not neglect to take advantage of new developments in the growing, shipping, preserving, and cooking of food. Take time to cherish the old and to investigate the new. – James Beard
This quote from James Beard pretty much sums up my cooking philosophy. I love to experiment– with new ingredients, new methods, etc.– but really, most often, I turn to simple, no-fuss, humble dishes I can prepare from memory and relatively quickly.
The oatmeal pictured above is a combination of these two ideas, an example of the random experiments that take place in my kitchen on a daily basis. Oatmeal is pretty much one of the most humble foods there is, and yet it is a terrific blank slate for experimentation. This particular bowl included the new Super Oats blend from Love Grown Foods, pumpkin puree made from my first-ever home-roasted pie pumpkin, homemade peanut milk*, and a scoop of Heidi’s honey-turmeric paste, with sliced bananas and walnuts on top.
Oatmeal + sliced banana + walnuts = cherishing the old.
Super Oats + homemade pumpkin puree + honey-turmeric paste = investigating the new.
Life is all about balance, after all.
*I’m not sure I’m a fan of peanut milk (it tastes a little “beany”), but oh well, I had raw peanuts on hand and I was curious as to whether or not they could be “milked.”
On Mondays I will be sharing some of my favorite words of wisdom about food, cooking, food writing, and coming together around the table. If you have suggestions for quotes to feature here, please let me know.