Please excuse the German title, but I’ve learned to love the language. How it rolls off the tongue in a somewhat difficult yet familiar manner. Even though I grew up speaking 3 languages and learning to be fluent in another, German was hard for me to warm up to when we first got here. I have a thing about pronouncing words, in any foreign language, as correctly and authentically as possible. Maybe it stems from having to switch from one language to the next throughout my life. Anyway, now I’m fascinated with it and it’s really too bad that I’m not quite fluent even after these few years of being here! But that’s a different story. On to my post for today…
I love buckwheat and have eaten it in many forms. This was really the first time that I’ve cooked with the actual groats. I didn’t make anything too exciting, just porridge for breakfast, but for me it was exciting enough. Funny part is when I was eating the warm porridge, the flavor of it kept triggering something in my head. You know, when you eat something and you’re sure that you’ve eaten something completely different but it tastes similar. With every bite I kept trying to put my finger on the taste memory.
At last I remembered. Taking another quick bite, chewy slowly, and savoring the flavor in my mouth; mung beans! Yes, it had a similar taste to mung beans. More precisely, the warm mung bean & coconut milk concoction that I grew up with. I ate it fresh and hot right after my dad cooked some or I waited until it chilled in the fridge and topped my shaved ice and/or vanilla ice cream with a few spoonfuls. Granted that stuff was much sweeter and probably not as nutritious as other things that I ate growing up, but it’s one of those comfort foods that takes you to that happy place when you have it in your mouth again.
It was super easy to make, like preparing oatmeal. I added some homemade almond milk, a little bit of chopped Braeburn apple, sultanas, and lots of cinnamon. Such a tasty and satisfying breakfast, and I think that I prefer this rather than oatmeal. Tomorrow, I’m going to try the raw version of it… I have my buckwheat groats soaking in some filtered water right now. Mmm, I can’t wait! :)
Well, that’s all folks. I’ve had a really tiring day and I just wanted to finish typing this post that I started earlier. Now, I’m off to spend some time with Spider and figure out what to make for dinner.