What do oatmeal and Jamie Oliver have in common?

I‘m not so good at beginning new things in life. I worry about failing and not meeting standards; I tend to circle projects for a while, observing, and yes, dragging my feet.

Because I know this about myself, I was eager to get my first post for Jamie Oliver published and behind me. I have plenty to say on the subject of kids in the kitchen and, once started, should have no trouble making myself at home in my new digs.

It would have been far too easy to obsess over a topic for that first blog post, so I enlisted Noah to help me come to a quick decision together: Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal. It’s a hot breakfast that we love, and he can prepare it nearly all by himself, so it was perfect for kicking off a series on cooking with family.

Prepping Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal www.simplebites.net

You can find the full article and recipe for Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal on JamieOliver.com, where I’ll be writing once a month as a contributing blogger. I’m an ardent admirer of Jamie’s and have a deep respect for his work. It is an honour to partner with him, even to this small capacity. We share a lot of the same views on whole foods, scratch cooking, and of course, kids in the kitchen.

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal | Simple Bites #breakfast #apples #oatmeal #recipe

In other news, we are hunkering down for the homestretch of my cookbook manuscript. We’ve got some time yet, but I can only fit in a few time slots per week when I can work on the book uninterrupted and boy have these past weeks been flying by quickly! I’m giving it a great deal of focus and care. I’m testing a lot of recipes. I’m eating a lot of those recipes.

You may notice in the the next month or two that I’m not around quite as much and that we have the occasional guest contributor and round-up post here on Simple Bites. This frees me up tremendously and makes the process of producing a cookbook actually do-able. Thanks for your patience, as always.

Have a lovely weekend, all.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Thank you for making it look so “easy” to incorporate children in the kitchen. I’m learning quite a lot and look forward when our family becomes more than 2 and my kids can join me in the kitchen. Good luck with the book, you’re almost there!

  2. Congrats on the new gig, Aimee! What a great opportunity. Jamie’s doing such great things with kids and food – you’ll be a wonderful partner in his efforts. 🙂

    This recipe: amazing. I will be making it this weekend. Best wishes for the home stretch of your manuscript!

  3. Congrats on making it to jaimeoliver.com! So awesome! And the oatmeal looks delish as well 🙂

  4. Thanks, Aimee…and congratulations on your gig with jaimeoliver.com and your excellent first post!

  5. Fabulous, Aimee! You’re going to do great over there!

  6. This recipe looks fabulous and perfect for these wintry mornings. Cheering you on in these last months of writing!

  7. That’s great, congrats! And the oatmeal looks delicious. As far as dragging your feet and having a hard time starting things…that is called HUMAN NATURE. Looks like you’re not struggling with it too much. I’m trying to remember one word for 2014, and that word is DO. I understand.

  8. You are such a perfect fit for Jamie Oliver – congrats! I hear you on the new projects – but sometimes you just have to leap in and figure it out as you go – you’ll be great. Keep plugging away 🙂

  9. Congrats! And I was so excited that you incorporated a soaking step into the recipe. I’ve been souring ours with sourdough starter lately, but will have to diverge back to buttermilk to try this recipe. Great work!

  10. Thanks for sharing the oatmeal recipe. I think my daughter & I will try that out this weekend. I’m always trying to find recipes that my daughter can help with.

  11. It seems I have been seeing baked oatmeal everywhere lately. It’s not something we’ve done before, but looks like a delicious band wagon to jump on. Putting it on the list!

  12. This looks amazing Aimee. I’m so thrilled for you for the new gig. You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. Congratulations. xx

  13. Hello all! Love the oatmeal post! It’s one of my favorite breakfasts, and one that can be made in an infinite number of ways. One of my current favs is to make it warm (not hot) with raisins, dried figs, and bananas!

    I’m new to the blogging world–I’m a medical doctor who writes a daily post on how to eat “real food” in our hectic world. Check it out at http://www.unraveledeats.com!

  14. Woo hoo! Congrats on nearing the end of the cookbook and working with Jamie Oliver. Sounds like a wonderful match. And that oatmeal looks fab!

  15. so wonderful you’re blogging for his site, aimee – they couldn’t have picked a better person!

  16. Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity says

    Congratulations, Aimee! That is so exciting! You are the perfect person for the job! 🙂

  17. What a wonderful gig!! I love me some Jamie! Congrats!! 🙂 Hopping over to get this beautiful recipe.

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