Friday, June 17, 2011

A Little of What You Fancy...

I have spent far too much money buying oatcakes to fend off low blood sugar but thanks to Cornflower and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall there will be no more of that!  Sorry, Cairns.

Who knew they were so easy to make?...ridiculously so.  Surely there must be some ingredients missing?  Not only did these most satisfying crunchy snacks turn out better than I expected, they impressed a taste testing panel of colleagues yesterday.

R loves to tease me about my fondness for treats he would define as horse feed.  And don't get me wrong, a lovely slice of cake would win in a contest but if you're hypoglycemic oatcakes are just the thing when you begin to fade.


  1. So glad you enjoyed them, Darlene!

  2. Looks like a great recipe, but this Yankee has no clue what "medium oatmeal" and "porridge oats" are. Is the former cooked oatmeal? In my grocery store we have steel cut oats, rolled oats, and quick-cooking oats. Which of these would likely match up to porridge oats?
    Thanks for any light you can shed on this. I'd love to try these.

  3. Cornflower, Thanks again!

    Mistress Cynica, And don't forget large oats! Do a google search about the various kinds to educate yourself, it's confusing but interesting. Porridge is a hot cereal using any sort of grain so I simply used 280g of my quick oats as they're perfect for use in baking and already in my pantry.

    Also, I had stored them in a tupperware container but a colleague told me that they'll stay crunchier in a tin, something to try for next time.

    They're nice with a slice of cheese on top if you like that sort of thing...good luck!

  4. They look excellent, Darlene! As another with low blood sugar am always on the look out for wonder remedies. Would have asked about that subtle difference between oatmeal and porridge oats, but the clever Mistress C was there before me. Thanks so much for your reply and for such a great idea for keeping me going between mealtimes.

    Oatmeal porridge for breakfast cooked in the microwave and enhanced with banana and a few cranberries is my most sustaining and comforting meal of the day!!

  5. Martina, And yogurt with granola another lifesaver! My battle with hypoglycemia has been a long and interesting one with my diagnosis coming from, weirdly enough, my eye doctor. The sweating, out-of-body experience floaty feeling, foggy brain and shaking was pegged to social anxiety by my GP who then put me on anti-depressants for two years! My eye doctor commented that I was the last person she thought would have a social anxiety issue due to my sparkling there! She provided an outline on how and what to eat and my life changed from that point on. And not a prescription pad in sight...go figure.

    All the best, I hope you give these a try at some point, Martina!

  6. An amazing story, Darlene. Your oatcakes certainly would beat an anti-depressant prescription. Thank goodness for the insight of your eye doctor. If your GP had read a few entries from your blog, things may well have been different!!!

    A small handful of almonds is also a lifesaver. LBS can be so debilitating. It is marvellous that it is all behind you now.

  7. I adore oatcakes, and I've tried a number of recipes, but none are like the ones I bought in Stromness (and indeed, all over Scotland) last June - Stockan's Old May of Hoy Oatcakes (thick or thin variety, they're lovely). I just keep searching for the perfect recipe, so I'll certainly try this one.

  8. Sorry, that's Old MAN of Hoy, though Old May of Hoy has an intriguing ring to it.

  9. Susan, Hahaha! I like 'Old May', she sounds quite jovial!

    Best of luck with the recipe when you get around to it!