About six years ago, P and I used to zip off for weekends in Athens, Malta, London, Lyon. There was a springtime trip to Zurich, Switzerland for a few days. A great chill filled the air once night would fall and we'd duck inside a cozy restaurant for some beer and sausages.
Seeing myself these days, overtired, heavy into the third trimester with my second baby, I have to squint to see remnants of the old me. I imagine a day might come again there is some balance in my life and some of the old me creeps back into this new version. Surely there must be room for both.
I like to peel back the layers to get to that girl on Lake Zurich who had the luxury of just being a tourist with no real agenda. Those were the days. That was when I first tasted muesli. Creamy with whole milk, an added spoonful of yogurt and so many shredded and mashed fruits inside to discover. The crunch of a walnut, the surprising sweetness of a dried date. We both filled our bowls that weekend. The old me is still there after all. She's the reason why muesli is not just a breakfast dish.
Adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe
Jamie uses dried apricots, which I omitted, but you can add whatever type of dried fruits you like. I couldn't resist adding flax and chia seeds for a healthy dose of Omega 3's and 6's in the morning. Make sure you read the recipe all the way through, since muesli is best when soaked in milk overnight before serving.
8 handfuls of organic rolled oats
2 handfuls of ground bran
1 handful of chopped dried dates
1 handful of chopped walnuts
1 handful slivered almonds
2 large spoonfuls ground flax seeds
2 large spoonfuls chia seeds
Combine all of the above in a large bowl stirring well. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for several months.
Additional ingredients for making and serving:
Milk (at least 2 % or partially skimmed)
Berries or other seasonal fruits
The night before you want to eat it, place the amount desired in a bowl and cover with milk. You can make more than you want for the next day and eat it over several days. Grate in around 1/2 an apple per person and stir immediately to keep the apple from discoloring. Cover and place in the fridge.
The next morning, remove the bowl from the fridge. The muesli will have softened and thickened, so add a little more milk. Add a banana, sliced or mashed. You can add honey to taste, if you like. Serve in a bowl with a dollop of yogurt (optional) and some mixed fresh berries in summer. Pear would be delicious in the winter.