gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan option, soy-free, cane sugar-free
She wakes up with an answer. An answer to a riddle she hadn’t even known she’d been asked. It was just assumed. A riddle hanging in the atmosphere, waiting to be unraveled and then squelched back into the nothingness from which it first emerged.
The answer? Oats infused with chai tea. What else? A model implementation of the standard two-birds-with-one-stone tactical maneuver. This one will go down in the books.
He approves. Of course. That’s how they operate. She gives an answer, he gives his faith. After all, that’s the only sustenance an answer really needs. Faith.
She brews the chai. The aroma is almost buttery. They laugh and entertain the idea that smelling it may be just as satisfying as actually tasting it. He measures out the oats. And then the culinary pioneers – she and he – do the unthinkable. They combine those two unique elements of their typical mornings – chai and oats – in one single saucepan. Unchartered territory is breached. New intelligence received. Verdict? Chai and oats are no different from she and he. They adore each other.
She licks her spoon, wondering if the tea should have steeped longer. He wishes aloud that there were more. Despite their wandering minds, they each know full well they wouldn’t really have wanted to change a single thing… about their morning, or about their anything and everything.
Are they perfect for each other? (Here’s the exception: an answer that needs nothing. Because it’s hardly even a question.)
Chai Oats for Two
1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
3 cups of strongly brewed chai tea – we used two teabags of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
Raw honey to taste
1. Steep two tea bags in 3 cups of boiling hot water for about 7 minutes.
2. Take out tea bags, pour water into saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Once boiling, add oatmeal and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until water is evaporated and oatmeal is cooked.
4. Divide into two bowls. Add honey to taste. Sprinkle each bowl with 1 Tbsp sliced almonds.
5. Appreciate every bite with a person whom you love.