Orange Blossom, Date + Fresh Fig Oatmeal
I am still working on pulling together an exhaustive wedding post, so in the meantime let me just say:
Hello September, where did you come from?
It hasn't quite hit me that we are reaching the tail end of this particular season. It's still just as hot, I've started up teaching dance and yoga at work again- still on the summer class schedule, and everyone else is still at the beach. I must admit I am happy that summer in Tangier is coming to a close. Everything intensifies a little bit with the sun beating down and the thunderous nightly winds. The first couple weeks of this in late June and July can be energizing and exciting, but after that a sense of humid exhaustion starts to creep in. The crowds become too much- getting squished in between slow-walking families and trying to dart around guys in the street selling squeaking stuffed dogs and giant balloons. The traffic is perpetually blocked and the heat just amps up the smell of everything.
I’ve been waking up and standing out on my balcony every morning at 7am just to marvel at the fact that the city can actually get quiet again. It stays that way only until the fog lifts from the hills in the distance and then chaos ensues once more with a sunny bang.
Of course, I’m not wholly down on Tangier summers. There are also gloriously lazy days spent at beaches outside of the city center, evenings of people watching in late-night cafes, and the best part? What grows in summer climates. July and August mean an influx of the juiciest peaches, little carts selling the fruit from cactus plants, and- my absolute favorite- fresh figs. I truly cannot get enough. Before coming here I had never tasted one before and when I did I promptly began to buy about a kilo every other day. The later in the summer, the riper the figs, until this time of year they start to burst and drip from the bottom of the skin like honey.
Now that it is officially September, I think that not only calls for starting to pull scarves and leafy-hued clothing out of the back of the closet, but also warmer comforting breakfasts. This particular recipe fuses summery flavors into a fall-friendly bowl of goodness. Maybe it is a bit silly to post a recipe for oatmeal since it is one of the simplest things to whip up, but this specific union of ingredients is just so delicious that I have to share. Plus my wonderful dad, being the creature of habit that he is, eats oatmeal every single morning so if nothing else this recipe is for him to change things up a bit.
Moroccan Summer Oatmeal
vegan, gluten-free if using gf oats
makes 2 servings
2/3 cup rolled oats or instant oatmeal 1 1/3 cups soy or almond milk 1 ½ tsp orange blossom water ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsp honey pinch of salt Fresh figs, cut in half Chopped dates Optional toppings: chopped almonds, extra honey, hemp hearts (shown in pictures), any seeds or nuts
Easy. Mix the first 6 ingredients on the list in a medium-small pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the oats have reached your desired consistency. Serve up in beautiful bowls, top with figs, dates, an extra splash of milk and any other topping you want.
Make some coffee, breathe in the morning, and enjoy.