I so enjoyed talking about a random hypothetical situation in my last post that I figured I’d do it again today.
So, if you don’t mind, imagine the following…
You’re watching the lottery numbers being read out on television. Your ticket matches the first number – probably just a fluke. Then the second number’s read out, and you’re starting to get a little excited. Once all numbers are read out, you nearly have a heart attack.
“O-M-G! I won! I won!” you scream inside your head.
For you see, you can’t yell this out loud. You bought the lottery ticket at 3.30pm yesterday afternoon – precisely when you were supposed to be making a best-man/maid-of-honor speech at your sister’s wedding. And who’s sitting next to you right now? Your sister.
When you failed to show up to make this oh-so-important speech, your sister’s new husband muttered, “Uh, typical.” Your sister demanded to know what he meant by that. “Oh, you know,” he whimpered. “It’s just, your family is so… completely and utterly incompetent at everything.” This turned into huge argument – in front of all of the wedding guests – and your sister defended your honor, claiming that “He/She must have a good reason! How dare you talk about my family that that!?”
An hour later your sister filed for divorce. So she beat Kim Kardashian’s record by 71 days. Now she’s moved in with you – and, in case you were wondering, you are on speaking terms – as you told her that you missed the wedding because you witnessed a car crash and rescued a child from a burning vehicle.
So now you realize that you’ve just won the lottery jackpot of $30 million. But if you tell anyone, they’ll know that you skipped your sister’s wedding, instead choosing to stand in line for three hours to buy a lottery ticket.
So, tell me, what do you do? Say that you bought the lottery ticket a few days ago, and risk the truth coming out later? Confess to everything, and buy your sister one hell of an apology present? Or do you not tell anyone at all – opting to either save the money, or let everyone speculate about how you could afford that new car/house/vacation you’ve got planned?
I’d love to know your response, so please leave a comment below!
Personally, my instant reaction would be to say I bought the lottery ticket a few days earlier. But then, I’d probably just confess it all because we all know that the truth comes out in the end. And, of course, I never would have skipped my sister’s wedding in the first place (especially since I don’t have a sister!).
Anyway, after that long hypothetical, I may as well talk about this oatmeal. This is the kind of oatmeal that could easy say, “I’m sorry”, “I love you”, or just “I like eating chocolate for breakfast”.
This oatmeal has lots of chocolate and lots of cherries, but the only sugar comes from the topping – a spoonful of chocolate-hazelnut spread. As I mention in the recipe below, I used a non-dairy chocolate-hazelnut spread that I found in a chocolate store. If you don’t have or don’t want to use a chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), then I recommend using a chocolate-almond butter or some chocolate sauce. Or just a handful of chocolate chips.
I used frozen cherries simply because that’s what I had on hand. However, as it is cherry season, go ahead and use fresh cherries – just remember to remove the pits first!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- 4 dates, chopped
- Pinch of salt
- Heaped ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 spoonfuls chocolate-hazelnut spread*
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk and water to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the steel-cut oats, chopped dates and salt. Stir well.
- Mix in the chopped cherries, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
- Steel-cut oatmeal generally takes 20 - 30 minutes to cook. As it’s cooking, add more almond milk if it looks as though the oatmeal is drying out.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, divide it between two bowls. Top each oatmeal with a spoonful of chocolate-hazelnut spread (plus some extra cherries, if desired). Enjoy!