|Yummy little handmade oatcakes with marmalade from my friend Kylie's wedding|
and cheese from my brother in law Chris. It's a family affair!
He used to take me for Chinese food when I was little and we both love Thai food and the Bloor Street Diner. However, we don't really cook together and shockingly - and likely much to my father's chagrin, I've never really cooked a big fancy meal for him. Much to MY chagrin he is in possession of very nice kitchen tools and pots which I think are underloved.
|me and my pa|
The one food I can truly identify with my Dad is oat cakes. Ye olden Scottish oat cakes. I guess it's a British thing - or a Scottish thing more specifically - but my Dad LOVES oatcakes. You know the brand - Walker's Oatcakes in the plaid-y little box that costs way too much money? Yup. My dad used to bring me those as a treat, covered in honey or brie and raspberry jam. I could eat these snacks everyday. So without further ado, here is the easiest and most basic oatcake recipe you'll ever find.
2 cups of whole grain oats, pulverized in your food processor
1.5 tbsp melted butter
1 cup of boiling water/just boiled water
a pinch of salt
a pinch of sugar
a pinch of flour to flour your rolling surface
other things you will need:
a food processor to pulverize your oats into a powder
a baking tray greased or with parchment paper-ed
a rolling pin
a mixing bowl
a cookie cutter/mason jar ring to use as a cookie cutter
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- After you've pulverized your oats, mix them with your butter and rub them all together until they're combined. You can easily make these dairy-free/vegan by using oil or vegetable shortening instead of butter. Alternately you could use duck confit or bacon grease to up your game considerably.
- Slowly add water, stirring until your oat-mix resembles a dough. You will likely not use all your water.
- On your floured surface roll your dough out until it's about 2-3 mm thick and cut little circles and lay them out on your baking tray.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Flip over upside down and allow to cool. Enjoy with jam, marmalade, cheese, and your Dad!