I come today, to write. To write for the sole purpose of writing, and to immerse myself in the task. (I come to reminisce as well). It's not going to be too long and complex, like this simple one-jar oatmeal is.
I say it as I would sigh, or say the name of a long-lost friend. It's become so much more than what it was a mere year ago. It now has the rules of structure, the laws of language enforced, weaved and folded within, akin to how pastry dough is folded, flattened and folded again for those crisp, buttery pockets of air. But I digress. Writing has more reality, less possibility. Less of those peep-among-the-clouds text, but the keep-feet-planted-on-ground type. Firmly, too.
Don't get me wrong here. I still love the art of writing - of producing works with originality and creativity. Fiction. I live with my head among the clouds sometimes, dreaming and wandering in some fictional universe. I now look at words differently, with a critical, inquiring eye. Texts now appear as passages to analyse, to pull apart and to piece together.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham -
Essentially, everything now has multiple meanings- messages encoded within passages.
Oh! It's the analysis - it gets to me so badly. I wish, I wish I could still scribble away on pages about action and adventure, of motion and movement. I want to write, for and by myself. So, thank you, Mr Maugham, that was much needed.
Either way, oatmeal returns - in the form of a luscious, creamy dessert (that's for breakfast). Tart, yes, but no cheesy flavor, promise.
It's topped with a spongy layer of ladyfinger biscuits soaked and softened with milk + rum (extract, though the real deal probably's fine too). Then, a thick coating of shredded coconut blankets the top with cocoa and cinnamon sifted on top. Coffee powder's fine too, if you need that extra jolt.
One-Jar Coconut Tiramisu Overnight Oatmeal
1/3 c oats
pinch of salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp greek yogurt
1 tbsp cream cheese
3 ladyfinger biscuits / other cookie
1/2 tsp rum extract
1/4 c milk
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1. Combine oats and salt before stirring in maple syrup, yogurt and cheese.
2. Break up the biscuits and top oats.
3. Combine milk and rum extract. Pour over everything and leave in the fridge overnight (or at least 6 hours).
4. Afterwards, add coconut and sprinkle on cinnamon and cocoa powder. Enjoy.
- to be continued -