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Cooking With Bad Decision Bicyclist

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Riding a touring bike all day take a lot of energy.  And you can't eat all day if you don't get started first thing in the morning. 

Up until a month ago, I was a solid pancakes kind of guy. Never been a huge fan of eggs, and oatmeal never left me all that satisfied.  

Until, that is, I learned how to properly do oatmeal from one of my teammates.  I was sitting there, munching on my hippie bars, grieving my lack of pancakes that morning while my fellow teammate tackled a bowl of oatmeal at least twice the size of his head, filled with nuts and fruit and god knows what else. 

Ooooohhhh.... So that's how it's done. I can do that. 

I'm now one of those oatmeal people.  Here's how I do it. 

Step 1: Get hot water going for oatmeal and coffee.  
Step 2: You need a huge mound of instant oatmeal. Don't hold back here.  This is the glue that holds it all together.  I usually make it a little on the dry side, but do what you like.  Use milk if you can. 

Step 3: Cinnamon. Again, go crazy with it. I've never had too much cinnamon in my oatmeal.

Step 4: Dried Apples.  I usually add just enough to get some apple flavor. Raisins work in a pinch.

Step 5: Walnuts.  At least 1/4 lb.  This is the long haul food for the morning.

Step 6. Drench that fucker in maple syrup.  REAL maple syrup.

Bone Appetite!