For much of the world, June 15 was Father’s Day. So I hope you all had a fabulous weekend (and were exceptionally nice to your dads).
I’m never sure what counts as “Father’s Day” or “Mother’s Day” food. The two holidays don’t really have themes. Halloween’s easy – go with pumpkins. Thanksgiving’s easy – once again, pumpkins. Christmas has it’s own distinct flavors of gingerbread, pies and puddings filled with dried fruit and spices… and if you really can’t thing of anything just add some red and green and it immediately screams “Christmas”. But Father’s Day? Um, help!
My solution was sharing these baked apples stuffed with oatmeal with my Dad. Ever since my parents came back from their vacation in France and Italy my Dad’s been going on and on about these fabulous baked apples he ate. So I finally got the hint and made some baked apples. Admittedly, I actually made this earlier in the week, but you know, close enough.
To be extra considerate, I made this oatmeal without any dried fruit. For some reason, my Dad has an aversion to most kinds of dried fruit. But he loves traditional English Christmas Pudding, which is about 80% dried fruit. Go figure.
Anyway, if you’re not dealing with dried fruit-haters, I’d suggest adding a few chopped dates to this. Or raisins. Or both. However, it’s definitely good without them too!
On a completely different matter, I have to warn you all about the dangers of walking down the street. Not because I think you’ll be attacked by vampires or fall into a sink-hole, but because of iPhone addicts. Maybe I’m just going crazy, but recently there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of people who bump into me because they’re too busy looking down at their phones. And it’s really annoying!
I bet you’ve come across these people – and maybe you’re one of them (just that one time, I’m sure). They’re walking at a snail’s pace, wavering all over the place, completely aware of nothing outside of their palm-sized device. If you’re walking on a crowded sidewalk/footpath, dodging these people is a challenging task.
It’s even worse if they’re not pedestrians. We all know about the dangers of texting while driving, but not enough is said about texting while biking. I’ve seen lots of cyclists who think they can steer their bike with one hand while texting with the other. While I’d like to say it ends in a hilarious situation where they comically fall upside-down into a trash can – it doesn’t. More often than not these cyclists will just run into pedestrians. And yes, these cyclists are always on the sidewalk/footpath.
Once a cyclist ran into me from behind while I was innocently walking down a crowded sidewalk. It hurt like hell, and I was not a happy camper.
So if you’re reading this on your iPhone (or iPad) while walking down the street, please don’t. Just wait until you reach your destination – but then please don’t forget to come back keep reading! I’ll still be here 🙂
Question of the Day:
Can you think of anything that counts as “Father’s Day” food?
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- ⅔ cup almond milk (or other milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 - 6 strawberries, hulled and diced
- 2 apples, cored
- Grease an oven-safe dish (mine was 9 x 5.5in, or 23 x 14cm). Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, shredded coconut and slivered almonds. Add the almond milk and vanilla extract, and mix until completely combined. Mix in the strawberries.
- Place the cored apples in the prepared dish, so they’re evenly spaced. Pack the oatmeal mixture into the apples, and pour the remaining mixture around the apples.
- Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the apples are relatively soft and the oatmeal is firm to touch. Divide between two bowls and enjoy!