True Confession: I've never really liked oatmeal. I love it raw (esp. in museli) or in cookies or whatever, but cooked oatmeal has always been kinda nasty to me. I think it's the texture. Just kind of tastes like paste. But it's so good for you, and I have absolutely no food at home right now save a few cans of beans and some frozen veggies, so I got desperate this morning and broke out some Quaker Oats I had leftover from cookie-making. I followed the directions, combining 1/2 cup oats w/ 1 cup water and microwaved for 3 mins. I took it out and took a taste - paste. So I added a little brown sugar and some chopped walnuts. Slightly sweeter paste w/ some odd-tasting nuts (they were kind of old - i think maybe they went off or something) - still kind of bizarre. I could only stomach a few spoonfuls.
1. Am I doing something wrong? Is there any way to cook oats so that they maintain their original oaty-ness and don't just disentegrate into flavorless mush? Any particular flavorings I should try?
2. A friend recommended steel-cut oats as an alternative to regular oatmeal, but I've only ever seen it sold in bulk (sans cooking instructions). What's the general method for preparation of steel-cut oats?
Please help me like oatmeal!