This is the recipe for something I make every morning for breakfast. We lovingly call it “Gatsch” in Austrian, which roughly translates to the English word “mud”, but I’ll discuss that below for those interested in that sort of thing. You’d probably name it “Oatmeal With Pear” or something similar.

Quick and simple oatmeal breakfast: Ingredients

The dish is both fast and easy to make and requires very little basic ingredients. It is customisable at will, and healthy, too. Enough with the wait, here we go. You need for one portion (or “serving” if you prefer):

  • a small-size pear (ca. 150 g), (small according to google)
  • 50 g of oatmeal
  • 250 ml of water

How to make “Gatsch”, your new favorite oatmeal breakfast

Wash the pear and cut it in bite-sized pieces, removing stem and core. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Leave the heat on full and pour the oatmeal into the boiling water, stir immediately and constantly until the water rises, bubbling. Note: This can happen quite fast, in a matter of a few seconds only, in particular on an induction stove like ours.

As soon as the water rises, reduce heat to about one third (whatever that is for your stove), add the pear-pieces, stir one more time, and then leave it like this with tilted lid on, until bubbling resumes. In my case, this takes about a minute. Then reduce heat to minimum and leave there for about 10 minutes with the lid closed. If needed, reduce heat to “keep warm” or similar to preserve temperature for a later time.

As I promised, you need to work on this thing for only two minutes, then leave it alone for a few more, and you’re done.

Simple variants of this quick oatmeal breakfast:

  • Use other fruit, berries, etc.
  • Add cinnamon or other spices (at your own risk)

Nutritional information for this kind of oatmeal and pear breakfast

In terms of nutritional info, I can quick-and-dirtily tell you the following. The portion as described above adds up to about 450 grams featuring 270 kcal and contains, roughly,

  • 4 g fat, less than one gram of which are saturated fatty acids
  • 50 g carbohydrates, of which
    • 10 g dietary fiber
    • 15 g sugar
  • 8 g protein
  • Non-zero and kinda relevant amounts of vitamins B1 and C, also Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Phosphor

If you have known relevant allergies or some kind of intolerance, please use caution as necessary.

The word “Gatsch”: meaning and where it comes from

And now, for the translation of “Gatsch”. I am hesitant to call it “mud”, because I’ve had mud cake and the thing I describe here doesn’t have anything to do with chocolate. At all. So, maybe, a better translation would be “slush”, since “sludge” and “slobber” aren’t so good, judging by google picture search. Also, “slush” is already used for a drink, which is in the foodish realm … Well, let’s just call it “Gatsch” and leave it at that.

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