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Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

Steel cut oats in the rice cooker - ideas?

I didn’t even think of this until recently, and when I did an internet search, I came up with a simple recipe I tried right away. Basically 1 part steel cut oats and 3 parts water, then throw them into the rice cooker and hit Cook. They turned out perfect, in 30 minutes.

(No, this is not my rice cooker. This is the rice cooker I wish I had. :) It has like a million settings for different types of rice and a porridge setting.)

Anyway, I had been wanting to eat more oatmeal because of my cholesterol and also because they say it’s good for women when they’re PMSing because sometimes you get low serotonin and eating whole grains helps increase serotonin in more steady, sustained levels.

Now I need more interesting things to add to steel cut oats. Any ideas? I’ve done (separately) fruit, maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter. What else can I do?


Carole A. Smith said…
I have steel cut oats EVERY morning, have for 3 years now. But have never made in my rice-cooker. I am stoked to try! I always put in 1 scoop of Vanilla Flex proteing Powder from GNC, 1 scoop of ground flax seed and either frozen rasberries or fresh peaches when in season!
Anonymous said…
Chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, blueberries. Any combination.
Camy Tang said…
Thanks for the ideas! I never thought of fresh peaches before but I love them. I'll give that a try!
Camy Tang said…
Awesome! Lots of combination possibilities! Thanks!
Lynn said…
If I could do it that simply I'd give it a shot! I've got a rice cooker but it's the kind you put in the microwave. I had the timing for the rice down perfectly until we got a new microwave. All bets are off now! I think I've found a new time but am afraid to try anything else and have it turn out mushy.
Camy Tang said…
I've never used those microwave rice cookers so I'm afraid I'm no help!
Lynn said…
They're actually great! 1 part rice, 2 parts water, pop it into the microwave and there you go! Used to be 5 minutes on high then 15 minutes half power. Have tried 14 minutes half power with a little extra water.
So how do steel oats differ from regular oatmeal? Which reminds me, I have a bunch of oatmeal I should be eating!
Camy Tang said…
Steel cut oats have a firmer, chewier texture than rolled oats. I prefer them although I don't mind rolled oats, too. But steel cut oats do take longer to cook, which was why I didn't often cook them. But now that I know I can make them in the rice cooker, I think I'll start eating them more often!
Susan F. said…
Oh my goodness, I never thought of cooking oats in the rice cooker. Cool!
Camy Tang said…
They taste so great cooking them this way!
Marian said…
My favorites? Green and red apple chunks, golden and regular raisins, dried cherries, maple syrup, freshly ground flax seed, and soy milk. Yes, all at once. I like a heavy breakfast. If you put the dried fruit in when you begin to cook the oats it will be nice and juicy. Then put the rest of the stuff in afterwards.
Another one that's great: raspberries or blackberries canned in heavy syrup. Yes, there's sugar in it, but probably less than you'd add to the oatmeal if you didn't put the berries in.
An indulgent choice? A couple of caramels put in when you start to cook the oats will melt into the porridge nicely. Then add apple chunks and pecans.
Camy Tang said…
Those are AWESOME ideas!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

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