Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.
I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake. I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director. But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.
I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.
For a Southern girl, I don’t drink a lot of sweet iced tea. Don’t get me wrong; it’s tasty on a hot summer day. I just would rather have a steaming cup of hot lemon tea. Or peach tea. Or green tea.
One thing is for sure though. I LOVE overnight oatmeal. No matter what type of tea you prefer, tea steeped oatmeal is a unique way to add new flavor to a classic breakfast food.
Here’s the basic recipe:
1 tea bag
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup milk
Bring water to a boil and pour 1/3 cup into a mason jar. Add tea bag and let sit at least an hour.
Add 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup milk, and “mix-ins”
Seal jar and shake vigorously.
Remove tea bag from the oatmeal mixture before eating (if preferred, this can be warmed in the microwave before eating).
**If you prefer to make your oatmeal in the morning, boil 3/4 cup of water with tea bag and 1/4 cup milk. Reduce to low heat and add oatmeal. Cook for approximately 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and add mix-ins.
1. Orange Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal.
Black pekoe-cut tea
2 tbs. raisins, chopped
1/2 orange, sliced
2. Green Tea and Nectarine Overnight Oatmeal
Nectarine, pitted and chopped
3. Dark Citrus Overnight Oatmeal
Orange spice tea
4. Tart Tea Overnight Oatmeal
5. Pomegranate Punch Overnight Oatmeal
6. Plum Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal
Apple Spice Tea
7. Calm Carrot Cake Chamomile Overnight Oatmeal
8. Minty Morning Overnight Oatmeal
**This may sound like a weird combination. I was leery of it, but don’t be afraid. It is actually really refreshing!
Although I am from a town that claims to be the BBQ capital of the world, I am not a huge fan of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. However, I found myself in the mood for some extra-flavorful veggies today, and these BBQ “fries” hit the spot. The tangy BBQ flavor mixed nicely with the sweet carrots to create a simple mid-afternoon snack.
The recipe below is for a single serving, but it could easily be multiplied to be served as a side-dish. Also, most people would probably prefer a stronger BBQ flavor; feel free to add more BBQ sauce!
BBQ Carrot Fries
1 large carrot
1/4 tsp. BBQ Sauce (or more)
1/8 tsp. chives
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice carrots into 3-inch by 1/4-inch fries.
In a plastic bag, combine all ingredients. Shake well so that the carrots are well coated.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and arrange carrots in a single layer on the pan.