It’s Wednesday and all of us even on the fringes of the foodie blog revolution know what that means…What I Ate Wednesday!! It is the brain child of the lovely Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. When you’re finished here, be sure to visit over at P & C, look around, drool a little at the wonderful food, leave a few comments. You’ll be glad you did. Without further fanfare…
I have to admit that I felt my post on BCDC yesterday was boring. Hmmm…I hope today’s will not have that stigma. But who cares…It’s all a Crock anyway!! I mean that in a good way! 😉
This post had a few glitches or at least one and that came at the end of the process.
To start with, some months back I stopped at one of my favorite thrift stores. There was a sign in the window that is one of my favorites I’ve ever seen in a thrift store. It read, “50% off anything with a plug!” I loved it. I didn’t really think I’d come up with anything. I was wrong! This is the treasure I found…
It’s a 1 quart “crock-ette!” Love the name. The sticker said $5 so that means I got it for $2.50!! Well, this little baby rode around in the back of my car for quite a while. Finally, I decided I needed to give it a try. I had gotten a lot of fruit in a basket for Christmas, mostly apples and pears. The apples were fine, but the pears were getting too ripe. This was a perfect job for the crock-ette. I pulled it out and wiped it all down. Usually this small type of crock pot does not have a removable crock. To my pleasant surprise, the crock IS removable!
I chopped up the pears and one apple that did need to be used…
The pears were extremely juicy and were very easy to peel. I chopped everything up, added 2 packets of Splenda, some cinnamon and a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. A few hours later, I had this…
The smell was incredible and it even woke up Ralph! Next time I will adjust the spices, but overall, I love it! I put it in a container and stored it in the fridge.
Tuesday morning I was ready to use little crock-ette again. My friend Wendy from Weight Watchers had told me that she makes steel-cut oats in her little crock pot. I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve had a container of steel-cut oats for a while but haven’t used them because most people say you need to cook them stove top and I’m really more of a microwave girl lately. But I thought I’d give it a try!
Wendy’s recipe calls for 1 cup of the steel-cut oats and 4 cups of water.
It just fit! I stirred it up and let it go. Wendy had said that for her, 1 hour and 45 minutes was the perfect length of time to cook it. Well, I’ve said this before regarding using a crock pot…every one is different. I always explain that when I talk about cooking my beans. One hour and 45 minutes passed..2 hours and 45 minutes passed…on and on. I know that opening it slows the process, but I wanted to be sure it didn’t burn.
Finally…5 and a half hours later, my oats looked like this…
Done!!! I was so excited. I pulled out my cooked pears and apples I had made the day before and warmed some in the microwave.
Ta-Da!! It looks a little watery but that’s from the juice on the fruit. I tried, honestly I did to make this look all pretty and professional. But you know what? I don’t really care. It Tasted Good! Something I’ve learned since I started BCDC is that, it may look terrible, but if it tastes good…that’s all that counts. This was delicious.
I learned some lessons with my little “crock-ette.” I’ll do some things differently next time and I’m already working on some other tasty things I can cook up in it. I love it when I can get good use out of something that I paid so little for!
So that’s WIAW from my side of town. Not as much food as usual and I guess it really shouldn’t take 2 days to make 1 breakfast…acutally it will make 4 breakfasts because I had enough oats for a total of 4. Be sure to stop over at Peas & Crayons, look around and let everybody know how much you enjoyed reading about all of the wonderful food ideas. I’m going to go look up some more crock-ette recipes!
Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!