I’m waiting for an Amtrak passenger train #84 to stop in Ashland. After that I plan to go back to bed.

I had oatmeal for breakfast, again. I found a recipe for steel cut oats, prepared overnight in a slow cooker. It makes enough oatmeal to feed the hungriest and largest Irish family in Southie, but for one old man on a weight loss regimen, it represents breakfast for a week. Or more. It’s redeeming feature is that it’s delicious.

It is muy importante’ to either use a lot of cooking spray, butter or oil to coat the inside of your slow cooker. Or use a slow cooker liner. This stuff sticks like you wouldn’t believe! That complete, you’re ready to move on.

Take 1.5 cups of steel cut oats( no quick cooking steel cut oats), no regular oatmeal. I use McCann’s in the nifty steel can. Add it to 4 cups water, 2 cups milk,. Add 3 tablespoons milled (ground) flaxseed meal, for healthy fatty acids, vanilla, cinnamon 2 teaspoons salt, and two mashed bananas. Stir it up real good, set the slow cooker on the low setting and leave it to cook overnight. (8hrs)

The idea is to create an oatmeal with the flavours of banana bread. It pretty much does.

It’s a fairly simple recipe. You can find more instructive recipes online for slow cooker oatmeal. Use them! I intended that summary as just an overview. This is a perfect breakfast for, say, Christmas morning or any other morning where a large herd of humans may be corralled in your domicile.

It is very tasty and reheats easily. I use my oven, putting the desired amount in a Corningware dish warming it for 15-20 minutes at 300F. Or use a microwave oven, if you have one (I don’t).

Other than eating, sleeping, housework, swimming, and enduring unrequited sexual longing, life is pretty uneventful.

Oh, and I pray the Rosary daily with the priests at Lourdes Grotto. Seems to help.