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great breakfast

Winter Morning Cereal

2/3 cups steel cut oats
1/3 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup (?) raisins
1/3 cup date pieces
dash or three of cinnamon
3 cups water
1 cup low fat soy milk

The night before, put grains and cinnamon in a large microwave casserole or
pot for the stove pot, add water, cover and let set overnight.

In the am, add the dried fruit and the soy milk and microwave on high for
about 6 - 7 minutes, watch, it boils over easily.  Let stands a few minutes
(while you shower, do your hair, etc., nuke again for 5 minutes on 50%
power (get dressed).  Let stand a couple minutes. serve and eat.

Or, bring to a simmer on the stove, reduce to a bare simmer and stir
occasionally for 10 minutes or so.  Remove from heat and let stand covered
for 5 minutes.

Serves two really big breakfast eaters or 3 - 4 nibblers.

If you like it sweeter, use vanilla soy milk and/or add a dollop of maple
syrup or molasses.

This is also really good with dried apricots or with fresh chopped apples,
go crazy!