Welcome to another one of my Sunday Review posts – or as it’s called now, Sunday Spotlight – since ‘review’ never sounded quite right to me. Also, alliteration for the win.
This week: The Oatmeal Artist’s Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal with Raisin-Walnut Cream Cheese (sans cream cheese – all will be explained). And since the end of 2014 is less than a fortnight away, I thought I’d highlight some of the weirdest food hybrids of the year.
First of all, this bagel-inspired baked oatmeal. As you just may have picked up on, I am a huge fan of baked oatmeal. I also love cinnamon-raisin anything. So I had a sneaking suspicion that I’d love The Oatmeal Artist’s recipe, and I was right.
The baked oatmeal was perfectly spiced with cinnamon, and since it has a little bit of sweetness from maple syrup, the oatmeal really is reminiscent of a cinnamon-raisin bagel.
There’s something unexpected about this oatmeal: It contains puréed zucchini. The zucchini creates a moist and doughy texture (a bit like a bagel). It’s like the texture you get from mashed banana in baked oatmeal, but without the banana taste (and there’s no zucchini taste either). In short, zucchini in baked oatmeal = amazing.
The original recipe calls for topping the baked oatmeal with walnut-raisin cream cheese. At the risk of offending cream cheese lovers everywhere, I have to admit that I left off the cream cheese because I’m not a fan. I mean, cream cheese is okay, it’s just not my cup of cheese. Especially when mountains of it are stuffed inside bagels, schmeared on toast, piled on top of crackers, etc. But if you don’t share my unusual dislike of cream cheese, then topping baked oatmeal with raisin-walnut cream cheese would probably be very exciting.
Instead of cream cheese, I topped my baked oatmeal with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl (which was generously given to me by the peanut butter company).
One more thing to note. Unless I missed something, the recipe doesn’t mention when to add the raisins. So I added them in Step 3.
Would I make this recipe again? Absolutely!
You can find the recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal with Raisin-Walnut Cream Cheese at The Oatmeal Artist.
2014 Food Hybrids
If aliens ever visit Earth, they’ll probably
disgusted by in awe of our ability to turn mash two foods together and produce something that mildly resembles a meal.
While there are plenty of food hybrids out there, I’ve decided to only list nine that stood out to me as being particularly interesting or just plain weird. Please note that I haven’t actually eaten any of the foods in the list below (I just couldn’t), but I’ve included links to reviews on other sites/blogs if you’re interested.
So, in no particular order, here are my picks from this year:
Oooh, Ahhh, Ewww: A Few Food Hybrids from 2014
1. The Waffle Taco – It’s a taco-shaped waffle filled with eggs, sausage (or bacon) and served with syrup. According to Taco Bell, this is breakfast.
2. Dewitos – Doritos-flavored Moutain Dew. Just in case you needed nacho cheese in your soda.
3. The Ramenritto – It’s a burrito containing ramen noodles. This actually seems pretty interesting to me (I don’t plan of trying it, but I can understand the appeal).
4. Doritos Loaded Cheese Wedges – This one is more difficult for me to understand. But, in fairness, I don’t like non-Doritoed cheese wedges.
5. The Wonut – A cross between a waffle and a doughnut. These look like small, circular waffles, but they’re made with a slightly different batter, cooked in a waffle iron and then deep-fried. While I’m not about to order some deep-fried waffles, these do look very cute.
6. The Doughnut Burger – For people who look at a burger and think, ‘This is too healthy. Let’s add two doughnuts.’
7. Zinger Double Down – This is a South Korean KFC’s version of the American KFC’s ‘Double Down’. This thing consists of two pieces of fried chicken (which replace the bread), a beef patty, bacon and two types of sauce.
8. Chicken-N-Tater Melt – A croissant ‘sandwich’ stuffed with fried chicken patty, a hash brown, cheese sauce, Swiss cheese, bacon and ranch dressing. No words can describe this.
9. Doritos Crust Pizza – From what I can comprehend, this is a pizza crust loaded with Doritos and cheese. Doritos have been busy this year.
Some of these were around pre-2014, but – for one reason or another – became more popular/notorious this year.
What do you think? Have we finally gone beyond the brink of food insanity? Or maybe this is an improvement from 2013 – the year that brought us the Hot Dog and Cheeseburger Stuffed Crust Pizzas.