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Working from home

February 23, 2009 - 8:36 pm

Zach is home sick with the flu. Poor miserable little boy, he is.  I have a couple important meetings, so I’m working from home rather than taking a sick day too.  I’m also a bit under the weather, but I’ll soldier through.

I decided what I needed to get the morning started right was a reprise of the oatmeal creme brulee from yesterday, except in an apple cinnamon flavor.  It was delish!

Here’s what I did:

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Creme Brulee equipment I used:

  • sauce pan with lid, small skillet and a small glass lid that will fit inside the skillet, rubber spatula, paring knife, kitchen torch

ingredients per serving:

  • 1/3 C steel cut oats
  • 1/3 C cream
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 t apple pie spice, or season to taste
  • 1T butter
  • 1T brown sugar


  • Set water and cream to boil in the sauce pan.
  • Prep the apple.
  • Brown butter in skillet by heating it on medium high until it’s brown and stops spitting, which means the water has cooked out, and you’re down to the fat.  Add the spices, which will also hiss a little, and toss them in the butter, then immediately add the apples.  If you burn the butter you should start again.  Toss the apples in the butter until thoroughly coated, then push them into the center of the skillet and cover with the lid.  Turn the heat down to simmer/low.
  • By now the liquid in the sauce pan should be boiling.  Add the oats, replace the lid, and reduce the heat to medium/low, or whatever keeps it simmering happily without boiling over.

You now have about 10 minutes to wait until the next step.  I did some kitchen puttering, emptied the dishwasher and refilled it, cleaned the counters, made tea, etc.  🙂  It’s a good idea to use the spatula to swirl both the apples and the oats to make sure they’re not burning a couple times during this.  Use your nose- if it starts to smell something burning, stop with the puttering immediately and address the problem.  🙂

  • Remove the lids from the oats and the apples.  The apples should be tender now, and have a light sauce.  If there is a lot of moisture, cook them down slightly.  If not, just turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Stirring frequently, turn the heat up on the oatmeal.  Cook it until it has a custardy consistency, so the when you scrape the bottom of the pan it oozes back together rather than flowing.
  • Once it’s cooked, turn off heat.  Add the apples, reserving a bit for a garnish if you like.  Stir them together.
  • Pour into serving bowl(s).
  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly across the surface, and use the torch to melt it.  Be patient, so that you don’t catch the sugar on fire.
  • Garnish, if you’d like.


So now I’m set up to work at hte dining room table today.  I have a perfectly good office, but on a chilly morning I sometimes prefer to spread out on the table with my laptops.  Here’s the obligate dorking picture:

working from home

Why two laptops?  I prefer generally to keep my distractions on one screen and my work on a different one.  The work laptop has my mail and office chat client and whatever project I’m working on open.  Today, it’s a lot of excel fun!  The home laptop is my web client and twitter client and personal chat client.  I just focus better this way.


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