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Lemon, Rosemary Oatmeal with Goji Berries

Lemon, Rosemary Oatmeal with Goji Berries

When I was a kid we had oatmeal that came in small brown bags. You added hot water, stirred & then tried to only eat spoonfuls that had dehydrated bits of apple or clumps of brown sugar.

Then I turned 16 and spent the summer interning at the Royal Melbourne Zoo in Australia. My six week stay was divided into thirds & I spent 2 weeks at each of 3 of my mom’s friend’s homes. I ate what they ate, went on family adventures, got rides into work, & tried to help out with the kids & the dishes. Stuart’s family ate porridge almost every morning, a bowl of goodness I had never encountered before. Thick, slow cooked, multigrain, chewy, hot oats eaten with fresh berries or fruit & a steaming mug of tea. White it was summer at home it was winter in Australia & this hearty, nutty, not-too sweet & not processed hot cereal kept me full as I did my teenage best version of raking wallabee enclosures, or whatever the Zookeepers tasked me to do. Gosh, I hope I was a help to them & not added weight.  What I know for sure is that Stuart’s family recipe for porridge fueled me on.

I’m raising a sticky oatmeal spoon of 10 grain hot cereal to you, Stuart.

Thanks for welcoming in this stranger into your home & giving me a sturdy foundation to face cold mornings.

I really like the tangy taste of Goji Berries, but you sprinkle on whatever you want, lovelies.

Lemon, Rosemary Oatmeal with Goji Berries


Oatmeal, cooked according to its instructions. Use your favorite grain & cook slow & low. Steel-Cut Oats, Multigrain Porridge, 10 grain hot cereal, even Quinoa are all great choices.

1/4 Lemon, about 1 Teaspoon zest & 1 Teaspoon juice

4-5 Dried Goji Berries

1 Tablespoon of pouring sweetener (Honey, Agave, Brown Rice Syrup, Date Syrup, Maple Syrup, etc)

1 Teaspoon fresh Rosemary leaves, chopped

Dash of Salt

Consider adding grated fresh ginger &/or grated fresh turmeric to give this oatmeal some additional pow.



Cook oatmeal of your choice, slow & low.


Pour lemon zest & juice over hot oatmeal. Top with honey or other sweetener, salt & rosemary. Add a few Goji berries.


Ta Da! You’re Done!


NOTE: play with the toppings to your taste! Fresh or dried berries, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, ginger, orange, etc all make lovely flavor combinations for oatmeal.

Want a pop of flavor? Consider grating fresh turmeric and fresh ginger & stirring in.


Ema (Eeeeee-Mah, sometimes written Imma) is Hebrew for Mom. 100's of people call Eve Ema and it warms her heart.

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