I've been looking forward to June all year.
My very frugal, retro Kellogg's calendar bought in the January sale mostly has pleasant but slightly saccharine pictures for each month. Blonde, curly haired children tucking into bowls of rice crispies and 1950s housewives serving up wholesome trays of breakfast.
But June features this babe.
She makes me smile every time I look at her. I can identify with that mad-eyed stare and rictus grin. And next time someone tells me about their latest half marathon I'm looking forward to telling them all about how I keep fit the pleasant way...(followed by a pincer fingered tweak of my collar).
Actually I'm not very keen on bran flakes. Nor anything Kellogg's style that goes gooey in milk. (Please don't tell the totally high on fibre Kellogg's lady). No, at the moment we're keeping fit...the pleasant way...with overnight oats.
We were reminded of these by my sister, who'd found them on Pinterest or Instagram and had been salivating (probably with a look on her face just like the Kellogg's lady) over glorious images of overnight oats tastefully layered with fruit and homemade yogurt in mason jars.
It's another name for the original Bircher muesli, which consisted of oats soaked in yogurt with nuts and grated apple. Whatever you call them they're a great way for keeping fit pleasantly, and soaking up all that nasty cholesterol when it's too hot for porridge.
We don't bother with aesthetic mason jars, but soak our oats in individual bowls overnight in the fridge. This accommodates different family tastes. Some like nuts and seeds, some don't.
The recipe is one third oats, one third milk and one third natural yogurt but it's not a fine art and can easily be thrown together with a bit of guesswork. You can add nuts, seeds and fruit (dried or fresh) according to personal preference, either in the evening when you soak the oats or in the morning.
I like a drizzle of runny honey on mine. After all it is such fun keeping fit!