Awwyeahhhh another thing to do with oats.!.!.
Every time I open a new container of oats I take a deep inhale. Don’t you just totally adore that smell. I would say it’s my favorite smell. Unless I’m craving a burger, in which case my favorite smell is Smashburger. Oh but then there’s roasted garlic. I roasted garlic for the first time a week ago and I’ve done it again twice since then. Which is why when I made this recipe for dinner wednesday night I was out of garlic cloves. I ponder…how long could one live on roasted garlic + sourdough bread + roasted tomatoes alone. Probably not very long. You would need feta.
So Smashburger. I can’t even remember the last time we’ve been. That used to be our place. Pretty much every other Friday night we we there. Eating burgers and sweet potato fries. But now Smashburger has been replaced by Torchy’s, which I’m okay with but I’m feeling a little homesick for a BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar Burger (minus the haystack onions, plus avocado slices) + some crispy sweet potatoes.
I feel like I’m such a bad judge of burger character. I like my burger patty super duper thin, which is why smashburger speaks my love language. I read this list of top 10 burgers in Houston (smashburger isn’t on it…haters gonna hate) and I’ve considered working my way through it. But I really think I’d get to the end of the list to realize smashburger is still my favorite thing.
I’m actually celebrating my birthday at Plonk!, and they’ve got the #2 burger on the list. Maybe I’ll order the Guanciale Burger. Except I have no idea how to pronounce that word.
So my birthday is Saturday and I ordered myself a birthday cake from my favorite cake place. Andrew’s mom found this cake place awhile back…to.die.for. The only way I can describe the cakes are d.e.n.s.e. They’re not light & fluffy, they’re creamy and heavy and filling.
I called to order my cake earlier this week but during the ordering process I became super self conscious. I started thinking, “is it weird to order your own birthday cake?” So when the nice cake lady asked what I wanted written on the cake I couldn’t tell her my name because I didn’t want her to know I was ordering a birthday cake for myself. So I just said to write, “Happy 24th Birthday”, which is no fun at all. I mean, your birthday cake has to say your name and it has to have candles. Everyone knows that. So I finished ordering the cake and then 30 minutes later I called the place back and told them to write my name on the cake too. I think this was one of those girls over-thinking things things. Ayiyi.
Shifting gears. Oh balance, sweet balance. Let’s chat about oats. The most perfectest breakfast food. Not oatmeal. Oats. My stomach can’t handle hot oatmeal. But oats in any cold form are perfectly fine. You know like cookie dough for breakfast oats, peanut butter baked oatmeal oat, breakfast brownie, and pumpkin baked oatmeal. I let the baked oatmeals cool in the fridge overnight and then eat them cold in the morning.
Pretty much every breakfast I make, if it’s any good, involves either milk or oats. Remember that time I avoided cow milk because I convinced myself I was lactose intolerant? I’ve mentioned this many a time. The good thing about milk is that it has like a built in safety net to keep me from nom-ing all the milk and cookies I come across. If I drink more than 1 glass of milk my stomach freaks out. But if I keep it to 1 glass we’re all good. And I’m glad I got over the whole I’m-lactose-intolerant-thing because this one time Robin Plotkin took me to the most fun dinner of my life with the Dairy Council at Underbelly.
The only annoying thing about this recipe is that you have to think ahead and remember to soak your oats overnight. In the morning you just throw a frozen banana in a blender with some stuff and and then pour the smoothie over the soaked oats. The oats never get blended though…they stay all chewy and perfect.
Is this even a recipe? It’s so simple.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4 ice cubes
- dash cinnamon
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- The night before, combine oats and 1/2 cup milk. Make sure all the oats are covered by the milk. Stir, cover and place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, blend together 1/2 cup milk, banana, ice cubes, cinnamon and protein powder. Pour smoothie on top of milk-soaked oats (the oats never get blended...they stay whole and chewy).