Cheesecake Oatmeal, two ways

I hate how Murphy's Law tends to hold true, especially when it matters most. Falling sick sucks, but falling sick on the most important day of the week sucks at least ten times more. Maybe it was just my luck that the most important day had to fall on the end of the week. Admittedly, the past week had been rather exhausting - Monday was a full day of rag practice (although I did manage to find time to visit Curious Palette, the new cafe at Prinsep Street!) and Tuesday to Thursday was filled with Matriculation Week activities, followed by rag practice at night. 

Matriculation Week largely involved everyone sitting in the LT listening to talks, talks and more talks. Especially for the first two days. I would have done rounds and rounds of dance cleaning if it meant not having to sit there for hours on end. Both may be boring, but at least I would burn some calories during cleaning. Which I did; having to stay back until about 9pm every night for full runs and more cleaning. So I guess that messed with my immune system, resulting in me waking up on Friday morning with a 38 degree fever. 

Of all days! I really didn't want to miss Friday, as there was the CCA fair in the morning and PUTS (picnic under the stars) at night, which I was supposed to perform in. I thought that by sleeping in would help me recover faster, but it resulted in me waking up shivering in my bed, and discovering a 39.9 degree fever. I spent the day drifting in and out of consciousness, but I managed to drag myself out of bed and off to school in time for PUTS. It was lots of fun, despite the splitting headache, and definitely worth the sore throat. Performing is one of those things that I've always wanted to do, and one of my biggest regrets in high school was not having the courage to audition for any of the music events despite our school having a vibrant music scene. So I'm really glad that I got to perform for this, and also very thankful to have an amazing group of people to perform with! 

July 30th happened to be National Cheesecake Day, but unfortunately I didn't have the time to bake a cheesecake on the day itself - so I celebrated it by making stove-top cheesecake oatmeal for breakfast before heading off to school that morning! Hopefully I'll find the time to bake a proper cheesecake soon, once I recover from this awful flu I'm having. I still have my A-Z list of cheesecakes that I have yet to test out! 

On fever day morning, I was still feeling the cheesecake bug, but my stomach didn't feel quite ready to eat yet. SO, I decided to make cheesecake baked oatmeal - after all, oatmeal is a sick person's food - and to give my stomach a little more time to wake up. Also, I've been wanting to make baked oatmeal for the longest time ever, but never had the patience to - the thought of waiting 15 minutes for my oatmeal to bake in the morning just puts me off. But damn, baked oatmeal is good stuff. Possibly worth the wait. I see more baked oatmeal mornings in the days to come. 

This cheesecake oatmeal is basically your typical creamy oatmeal goodness embedded with chunks of cream cheese that has been mixed with berry jam, topped with digestive biscuits for a more authentic crunch or granola, for a somewhat healthier crunch. Though all granola isn't as healthy as one may think, but that's a post for another time. I topped mine with some sliced bananas and peanut/almond butter, because bananas and nut butters literally go with anything. Breakfast for champions. A cheesecakey breakfast for champions. So simple. So much yumz.

Cheesecake Oatmeal

Ingredients:
✦ 45g rolled oats
✦ 50ml water + 50ml whole milk (or 100g of water/100g milk)
✦ half a banana, mashed
✦ 20g cream cheese, softened 
✦ 1 tsp jam of your choice (i used a mixed berry & lavender jam!) 
✦ 0.5 tsp vanilla extract 
✦ toppings of your choice (blueberries/sliced bananas/digestive biscuits (!!! highly recommend)/more berry jam/nut butters/maple syrup (!!))

Steps:
Stove-top: 
1. In a small bowl, mix your cream cheese, berry jam and vanilla extract together. 
2. Throw your oats, mashed banana and your water+/milk into a saucepan atop a medium heat and cook until the mixture begins to boil. 
3. Take the saucepan off the stove and mix in the cream cheese mixture. Top with desired toppings and enjoy while hot! 
Baked: 
1. Preheat your oven to 176 degrees celsius. In a small bowl, mix your cream cheese, berry jam and vanilla extract together. 
2. Add your oats to the ramekin and fill it with your water+/milk. Add more liquids if they don't fully submerge the oats. Mix in the mashed banana. 
3. Dollop the cream cheese mixture atop the oats and mix/swirl it in. 
4. Bake in your pre-heated oven for about 15-17 minutes! The mixture should have dried up and puffed a little. Top with your desired toppings and enjoy while hot!