Anyway, I decided to make another childhood favorite for dinner tonight - buckwheat groats. It's a rather unfortunate name. I'm sort of thinking of re-branding them as just "cooked buckwheat." The "groats" moniker isn't doing them any favors in the PR department in my house.
I just love groats - excuse me, cooked buckwheat. They are a great comfort food, in my book, and they're good for you as they are a whole grain, and they are so good with butter and salt. However, my dear husband is heavily (heavily!) opposed to this seemingly innocuous little grain, mostly because of their smell when they are cooking. I love the smell - I think it's a wonderful, nutty aroma, but Curtis feels strongly that it is more akin to wet dog. So, it's a bit of a difference of opinion.
The kids were sort of divided on the issue. Dexter had two bowls (well...maybe one - a lot ended up on the floor) and Betty had a LOT. Kathryn and Viv ate most of what was in their bowls with only a minimal amount of threatening from me. At one point, I explained to Kathryn that they were "super good for you" to which she replied that she was "super not a fan of groats."
She also made a big show of calling them groats in a way that it was clear she was communicating "gross" instead of "groats" without actually switching the words. Grrrr.
So, blah. Maybe I'll just cook groats when no one else is around. Or maybe I'll have to figure out how my mom tricked us into liking weird healthy foods and give it another shot with my family.
If anyone cares, here's how we cook buckwheat (groats).
1 cup toasted buckwheat (available at health food stores)
2 cups water
Mix the egg into the buckwheat in a bowl. In a pot or saucepan, heat a little oil (1 or 2 teaspoons?) on medium-high heat. Dump the buckwheat-egg mixture into the pot and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. The idea is to get the egg cooked and have all the individual grains separated and sort of dry, like this.
Add 2 cups water, reduce heat to low and simmer with a tight-fitting lid, like rice, for about 20 minutes or so, until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, add butter and salt, and send your husband out of the house if he can't stand the smell. Mmmmmm....