Roll With The Barley

May 6, 2012

Oats for breakfast?


There is only one thing that will get this guy out of bed at 7am on his day off.


And that would be beer making.


He brews about once a month and makes two batches at a time. This time it’s a Basil Wheat to take to the beach (so everyone can drink it without me!) and my favorite kind of malty brown he is naming “Baby Brown” just for me so I can enjoy it right after the baby comes : )



I woke up about the same time and got started on my own version of a mash.


Oats for two


I made Scottish whipped banana oats plumped with fresh strawberries and topped with Strawberry Lavender Jam According To Daniel (best jam EVER) and some almond butter.


He got the same with Nuttzo



I’ve been hangin’ out on the porch and asking questions about the safety of his equipment + propane set up : )



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1 kaila@ healthy helper blog! May 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

Can’t wait to spend the whole day outside! I am up early this morning too ready to get going!


2 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

Would love for Matt to post some cooking w beer recipes!!!


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

Those oats look so good, I love the pink color! Have a great Sunday!


4 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

Haha, that first picture really looked like a bowl of soupy oats to me – funny that it’s actually a bucket! Basil wheat sounds like a really interesting beer flavor. On Memorial Day, my family usually goes to our lake house and one of the families up there has a “beer tasting” where everyone rates beer anonymously and at the end the results are revealed. Sometimes there are some home brews in there! And jell-o shots for “palate cleansing,” hahaha. That home brew set-up sure looks complicated to me. Love that Matt’s eating his oatmeal while working on it.


5 Andrea May 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

Beer making just sounds fun! And those oats look delicious. I had some similar but with roasted (!!) strawberries! :) Random question for you – do you keep your chia seeds refrigerated/in the freezer, or do you keep them out at room temperature?


6 KathEats May 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

I keep the bulk of them in the freezer but I have a little jar that I keep on my counter at room temp for everyday adding. I just refill that maybe every 2-3 weeks.


7 Andrea May 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

Gotcha! Thanks!


8 Ella May 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

Pretty soon there will be another little something getting him out of bed before 7 am every day off!


9 Molly @ RDexposed May 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Basil wheat?? I’m waiting for my pint!


10 Cait's Plate May 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Strawberries in oats are so good. Also strawberries + almond butter!

I just made strawberry ice cream sandwiches with peanut butter cookies – next time I’m making almond butter cookies! I bet it would be so delicious!

Enjoy your Sunday!


11 Kim May 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

My fiance will also get out of bed early for beer brewing. Or baseball. I showed him a pic of Matt’s set up, and he enthusiastically exclaimed “He’s got a pump!” We’re currently without an outside space, so brewing has been put on the “back burner” haha.


12 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

Wow! That looks incredible! I can’t believe you guys brew your own beer. If my bf saw that, he’d definitely want to partake :)


13 Karen May 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

A perfect spring time Sunday morning if you ask me…hope you guys have a nice one! :)


14 Presley @ Run Pretty May 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

We went to the beach recently with some friends. It’s weird not being able to have a beer on vacation! I have 8 more weeks until I can technically have a drink again! (But I know breastfeeding will push that back even further…)


15 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

I will have to show my husband Matt’s beer making set up…it must be so much fun to create one’s own beer! Love the oats with strawberry lavender jam…sounds yummy!


16 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love seeing pics of Matt’s setup and part of the process. Very cool!


17 Christine (The Raw Project) May 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

What a fun project for Matt! And the oats sound wonderful!


18 Jonna May 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi Kath,

Hope all is well! More nutbutter questions for you (by the way, I did end up ordering Nuttzo, all 3 of them and am now hooked!!!!)….I’ve ordered Wild Squirrel in the past (curious cocoa-nut, pretzel pizzaz and sneaky cinnamon…my favorites were the cinnamon and pretzel ones) and was thinking to place an order on open sky since I have a credit…wanted some feedback on the vanilla almond butter and the choc sunflower butter? How do you like those as compared to their PB’s?

On a side note, I have made Matt’s bagels several times and finally made a cinnamon raisin version which came out great!



19 KathEats May 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Hey Jonna, I haven’t actually tried either of those, but I can’t imagine they are bad!


20 Ellie @ healthy belly ellie May 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

A baker, a beer maker, a breakfast maker…. You’re all set :)


21 Katie @ Happy Figs May 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I love your little vegetable patch. I need to weed my own and replant it things have been a bit neglected lately!


22 Ann May 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Can Matt share the recipe for the basil wheat beer? Sounds amazing!!


23 Matt May 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

You can obviously basil up any recipe. This is the second basil beer I’ve made. Last summer I made a basil IPA that was incredible. Basically, in the last 20mins of the boil, every 5mins I would throw in 3-5 stems of Sweet Basil (very important to use sweet). Each stem was 6-10.inches long and had 4-6 clusters of leaves. At the end of the boil I whirlpooled for 15 min. The IPA was sooo pungent with basil. A little unbalanced but it was like drinking summertime so I loved it. I cut the basil by half for this wheat beer.


24 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

Beer making looks like quite a lot of work!


25 Angel7 May 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Now you got me to want to try Jam According To Daniel :)


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