Apples, Maple Syrup, and Cayenne pepper, Oh My! ( on oatmeal)

Since I've started this blog I've been checking out much of the foodie community. I've run across a few different sites that I've chosen to join to help promote my blog and find other new blogs. One of the sites I found early on was The Foodie Blog Roll where there are over 5000 blogs listed. I just so happened to apply to join and managed to get on there. The Left Over Queen is the owner and moderator for this great blog roll as well as having a couple of her own blogs (the one linked to her name is her own personal food blog :) ) and has also give us a forums to discuss food types of things on.

On this forum is a lovely foodie event called "The Royal Foodie Joust" that is held each month by the Queen. Three ingredients are given to use in a dish which must be included (but not limited to). More details are here if you are interested :).
Fruity, spicy Oatmeal
This is my first time trying to do the joust and the ingredients for this month happen to be apple, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Luckily I had all three already and didn't even have to go to the store to get anything!

So I mulled it over in my head what to do with these. At first I think maybe a baked apple. Then I thought why not do a breakfast type of thing?
Fruity, spicy Oatmeal So out came the oatmeal (I used instant because I don't have any of the other kind) and the apple. Core the apple and slice it into small wedges (any left over slices feel free to eat :) ). Heat up the oatmeal in a bowl, 1-2 minutes with water in the microwave (instant version), and for non instant (which I need add to my grocery list) 1 cup of boiling water for 1/2 cup oats and cook for 5 minutes on a stove top.
Fruity, spicy Oatmeal
To cool my oatmeal down I used a little plain 0% yogurt and mixed it with the oats. If you need a little more add in a little milk (which I did). Arrange your apple slices on top of the oatmeal and drizzle a little maple syrup over the top, finally lightly dust with the cayenne pepper.
Fruity, spicy Oatmeal The cayenne acts like cinnamon but with a little heat, and the sweetness from the apple and the little bit of maple syrup are great to have instead of sugar. All in all it was actually really good, and decently healthy too!


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks so fresh and delicious! I love that you had everything you needed right at home! Thanks so much for your participation. :)

Shopaholic said...

Your oatmeal is very creative. I think the maple syrup can neutralise the cayenne pepper without making spicy. Good luck : )
Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88

Rochelle said...

JennDZ - Thank you! It was fun to try to use certain ingredients to make something different!

Janet - Thank you :) I actually liked the spicy heat you get from the cayenne and the subtle sweet from only using a little maple syrup, defiantly made it more interesting!

Ann Martin Photography BLOG said...

They cayenne pepper threw me when I read the recipe. I'm still thinking it over. It IS a very interesting choice.

zac said...

I did this by accident the other day! The cayenne pepper and cinnamon have the same shape bottle in my cupboard. Man was I ever surprised when I took the first bite. I was late to work so I made mysellf eat it, but could only stomach about half the bowl. That's what I get for making food before coffee. Hats off to you for actually doing this on purpose, though. I didn't have maple syrup in mine, maybe that's where I went wrong...