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Recipe Sat Dec 13 2008
If you want a warm, fragrant oatmeal for a cold winter day, here you go. Days had passed since I first started thinking about what to do with the coconut milk leftover from my coffee cake. Blending it with frozen bananas and soy milk for a shake had come to mind, but before I could buy bananas and wait for summer, Vella Cafe had inspired me. I got my usual tasty brunch there this morning - spicy tofu scram with chopped tender poblanos and soy chorizo - but took quite a notice to their menu's mention of oatmeal prepared with coconut milk. After brunch at Vella, I made myself a mid-afternoon snack at home - coconut oatmeal.
For one serving, boil 1/2 cup quick oats with 1 cup water, one handful of raisins, a dash of salt, and if you have it, a shake of ground cardamom for a nice slightly floral fragrance. Cardamom and coconut are old friends, too. Heat on medium until the mixture becomes thick and tender, stirring often. (You can use old fashioned oats, instead of quick oats; you'll just need to cook them much longer). Stir in four large spoonfuls of coconut milk, about 1/4 cup, and sugar to taste and round out the coconut. Keep it on the burner until it's all warm through. Top with pistachios and coconut flakes if you've got some. Eat up and warm your belly for winter.