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January 10, 2006


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That's hilarious! Who are those handsome young men, your boys? Perfect song for the what it feels like to go low carb for a while, that's for sure.

Funny video -- making the kitchen more healthy for the new year.

I don't get the anti-bread thing, though. I don't like low-carb bread.

It is my understanding that grains are good for us. I try to eat 5 or 6 servings of grains every day. Shredded Wheat or Oatmeal with cinnamon for breakfast. A nice homemade slow-raised 54% whole wheat bread with a handful of multi-grain seeds for my sandwich. Brown rice with pecans for dinner. Maybe a couple of oatmeal/applesauce cookies for an evening snack if I am behind on my RDA of grains.

Elise--Yes, those are my two sons, Evan (home from college for winter break) and Ethan (a sophomore in High School). They each have very finely honed senses of humor! Plus, they humor me in my wacky film making requests. :)

My other visitor, --I am not anti-grain or anti-bread at all. What I wanted to show in the movie was exchange of more refined grains (white rice, refined oats, etc) for a more whole grain substitute (brown rice, pin head oats, etc.) But really it was just an excuse to play with the "lower carb" idea a bit and have some fun with it.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you come back. Check the archives and you'll find plenty of grains around here, including home made bread and rolls.

And I thought you were putting fruit in your bread basket for the new year!

I did check out the difference between Quick Oats and "oats" at the USDA website. Other than the folates, they seem pretty much the same.

Do you make Irish Oats for breakfast on school/work days?

Once you try the pinhead oats, you will notice a big difference in the flavor and texture of the oats. Instant or "quick" oats have been rolled by large steel rollers, and steamed or par-cooked, so that they will cook much more quickly. Unfortunately this makes for a rather thin, treacly oatmeal instead of the very creamy, luscious and toasty flavor of the pinhead oats.

Yes, I make Irish Oats for breakfast on work/school days, by cooking them in my crock pot as Alton brown suggests. It's so easy, and breakfast is ready for the whole family as soon as we walk into the kitchen! Yum.

I wrote about this in my Oct. 6 post called "Oatmeal, Alton's Way" in the archives.

I saw that Alton Brown crockpot oats show. I've never owned a crockpot. And I've never tried pinhead oats. Something to think about. Nutritionally, about the same. Flavor-wise -- sounds like a big difference. Better carbs in the new year!

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