February 11, 2013

Oatmeal Monday

"The liberal arts, sciences and theology were cultivated on oatmeal, with an occasional glass of beer on a Saturday night." - Rev. James Sharp

It's Oatmeal Monday!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the second Monday of February each year.)

Meal Monday - also known as Oatmeal Monday - stems from 17th century Scotland when students would visit town (and probably make a quick stop at mom and pop's home, too) to replenish supplies and collect food... like oats. It was in 1896, Edinburgh declared that Meal (Oatmeal) Monday would officially be observed on just the second Monday of February. It isn't quite as popular nowadays unless - that is - you're celebrating food holidays!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I had some leftover Scottish oatmeal in my cupboard and - at the recommendation of the packaging - decided to eat with soy milk and a big drizzle of vegan apple honey. It was my first time trying oatmeal like this, and I have to say: I'm stunned. It seems so simple (and I'm sure some of you are reading this going, "Duh... where have you been all these years? That's how all the cool kids eat their oatmeal."), but it's deliriously delicious. And has become one of my favorite, go-to meals during the winter. There's something entirely harmonious about warm, dense oatmeal with cold, silky milk that's topped with sticky honey. For me, today was a VERY...

Happy Oatmeal Monday!