March 2, 2011
I love cookbooks. I have been collecting them since I was a kid and my husband always makes fun of me because I read a cookbook every night before bed like a normal person reads a magazine or a novel. Almost two years ago I started writing the proposal for the weelicious cookbook. I had no idea if it would ever come to fruition, but I poured my heart into the thought of it becoming a reality. Some thirty odd drafts of it later, William Morrow, publisher for my hero, The Pioneer Woman and Alice Waters, bought the idea and my dream has finally come true. Since the moment I found out, I've been working like a mad scientist in the kitchen, trying to come up with new unique and nutritious recipes for the book. Testing combinations and playing around with ingredients until I find something I think kids and adults alike will enjoy has been a process I've gone through since I first started weelicious 3 1/2 years ago. But actually getting to do all of that for a real book is surreal to me.
It's been a painstaking process for me trying to decide which new recipes should go up here on the site each day versus what should go in the book, but some unexpected things have come out of all the creating, like this recipe. I had been working on an idea for a dessert using walnuts, dates and dried apples but I just couldn't get it to come together on the first few tries. I finally figured it out, but I still ended up with a few extra pounds of dried fruit and nuts. Not knowing exactly what to do with all of it, I tossed it together with some oats and put it aside, figuring I'd work on another recipe idea with it later on. But, little did I know the final product was already complete. The following morning, Kenya saw the container sitting on the counter and said, "I want that cereal for breakfast". After five mornings of him coming into the kitchen and saying the same thing, the container was empty. I started buying more fruit and nuts and making batch after batch of this accidental creation to satisfy his craving. And it's so easy. I love that I don't have to peel, cut or cook anything to make him so happy. Gives me extra time to work on my book!
Accompaniments: Whole Milk, Yogurt, Rice Milk, Almond Milk