Baked oatmeal and BAMF salmon

Long overdue, but hello! I hosted a pajama brunch + egg coloring on Easter Sunday and it was delightful. Just a few friends lounging around (almost all in pjs and one in a onesie!) until way too late (I changed out of pajamas at 7:42pm that evening, and only because I was meeting a friend for dinner). The tastiest bit, and recipe following:

Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson, also featured in Whole Living, May 2011

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds or walnut pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 1/2 cups berries
maple syrup, for drizzling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil 8-inch square baking dish.

Mix oats, half the nuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk the wet ingredients–milk, egg, half the oil, and vanilla.

Arrange bananas in single layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Scatter one cup of berries, then cover with dry (oat) mixture. Slowly pour wet (milk) mixture over oats. Gently tip dish side to side/tap against work surface to distribute liquid. Top with remaining berries and nuts.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until top is nicely golden. Let cool slightly. Drizzle with remaining oil and maple syrup.

Now. This past week was one of my best cooking weeks EVER. Scott, a very good friend from my time in Beijing, impromptu visited, and the Kitchen God smiled upon us. The crowning jewel:

Maple-cardamom glazed salmon. No changes made, and it was perfection. I’m calling it BAMF Salmon, because it was the last thing to go into the oven before it (the oven) died. Scott’s response: “So you’re saying that salmon was so badass it killed your oven? Sounds about right.”

For the record, served with roasted asparagus, When Pigs Fly seeded whole grain, goat cheese, and homemade Berryline (!!!) with raspberries and Sheinola for dessert. The next morning: eggs in purgatory on toast with steamed spinach and oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough balls (remember, oven is broken!). Worthy of a nearly 8 year reunion, if I may say so myself.

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