I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic all morning since listening to Pepper Adams play the baritone saxophone.. It’s made me miss my baby.. Unfortunately this whole time since I’ve been home, my horn’s been in the shop.. so, I can’t wait to get it back tomorrow and get back to it. In the meanwhile, I made something super warm and comforting to go along with an incredibly beautiful melody by Duke Ellington, ♫”Star Crossed Lovers”. Here’s my recipe for ginger spiced hot chocolate and a homemade cinnamon whipped cream.
What you need:
4 cups milk (any type your prefer- I used whole)
1 cup chocolate, chopped from the block (combination of dark and semisweet for me- but use whatever kind you like)
1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or nutmeg powder)
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp cinnamon
In a medium stock pot over medium heat, heat milk, stirring occasionally. Once hot, whisk in chocolate. Then, whisk in ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and nutmeg. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. In a stand mixer, mix heavy cream and the cinnamon until the whipped cream creates soft to medium peaks. Pour hot chocolate in your favorite mug, top with the whipped cream and enjoy!
As I’m adjusting to this chilly weather (which I’m loving!) I decide to warm up the kitchen this morning with some oatmeal and Nancy Wilson! This oatmeal isn’t just any oatmeal. It’s baked steel cut oats! It’s a swingin’ twist on regular stovetop oatmeal. I prefer steel cut oats just because they are a bit healthier for you than the instant rolled oats. This breakfast is super healthy, satisfying, and delicious! Just like Nancy Wilson is for the soul:
What you need:
1 Cup steel cut oats (the 5 minute cooking kind- see picture below)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup cranberries
3 cups milk
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 bananas sliced
2 tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together oats, seeds, and cranberries. Whisk together milk, egg, apple sauce, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir oats into wet ingredients. Pour into a casserole dish (or in my case I just baked it in a skillet). Place sliced bananas on top, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, do a taste test, and check to see if it’s done. Once tender to the bite and golden, remove from oven and serve with more honey, cinnamon, or whatever you like. You can serve it just like this or put it in a bowl and add more milk.
You can improvise:
To make this healthy breakfast a little more sweet, top with homemade whipped cream.
Try adding different nuts or berries.
Use a different type of milk.
Beautiful morning selfie, if I do say so myself. :p