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Breaking the silence with bircher muesli

1 May

Bircher muesli for breakfast

When I started this blog months and months ago, I had a name, an uploaded photo and the dream of finally starting a food blog (with the occasional musings about design, music and other things we love) with my favorite person, my husband.

But a blog’s not a blog without stuff to blog about. The busyness of life took over, not to mention a TV show I was producing that kept me away from the things (and people!) that I love. So this sad little page remained blank for way too long. That’s why I was thrilled when Neil decided to finally post something here. And suddenly what was supposed to be ‘our’ blog became ‘his’ blog by default.

The time has come to break my silence. And I’ve decided to do that with breakfast. My favorite meal to eat and cook.

I absolutely love grains, seeds and nuts, and in general I like mixing textures, blending hot with cold, and trying anything different and interesting when it comes to cooking. Oatmeal is one of my favorite comfort foods and I like preparing it many different ways (that said it has to be slow cooking oats; my faves are Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Organic Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats). But there’s also an alternate cold version that I thought I’d share.

I discovered the joy of Bircher Muesli a few years ago on a shoot in Los Angeles. The Corner Bakery in L.A calls their version ‘Swiss Oatmeal’ . Call it whatever you want, it’s delicious, creamy, filling, and such a treat with a good cup of rich coffee in the morning. The best part is that there are endless ways of preparing it to suit your taste. I don’t think I’ve ever made it exactly the same way twice.

How do you make it? Well, you basically throw your ingredients into a big bowl, top with any kind of milk, yogurt or cream (or a combo of each!), cover and let it do its thing in the fridge overnight. The next morning, you wake up to deliciousness.

It might not look like the prettiest breakfast, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in taste.

Oh, and I never measure my ingredients; it’s all just fly by the seat of my pajama pants.

Keep reading for the recipe.

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