You know those moments in life when you’ve wanted to try something for months, or even years, and you’ve formulated an idea of what it will be like and the sensations it will give you?
(Okay, that question could get misconstrued quickly. We’re talking about food here!)
That is how I felt about blood oranges. I had never seen one before, so I definitely hadn’t tasted one. I imagined them bursting with deep, red, juicy flavor, more “berry” in flavor than “citrus.”
To be honest, when I finally tried it about a year ago, it let me down. I was disturbed by its bitterness, and turned off by the harsh nuances in its citrusy flavor.
Of course, with some more exposures, I came to appreciate its unique taste. Plus, similar to grapefruit, blood oranges mellow out once cooked into porridge. It almost does have a berry taste! Win!
Have you tried blood oranges? In my hometown, they are virtually unheard of. If you’ve had one, did you like it?
What you'll need:
- 1 blood orange
- 1 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to make it:
- Prep your blood orange.
- Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Immediately add half or a little more of the blood orange segments into the saucepan. (Save the rest for topping.)
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon juice and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, remaining orange segments, chocolate chips, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).