Umami Oatmeal & Gossip in the Grain

Wooo. Its been awhile. I’m sorry ya’ll. I have been enjoying the Seattle spring days that have been warm, sunny and irresistable. Long walks outside, time in the sun, intense gym workouts so that I can spend more time in the sun and everything grilled. At least if its after 5 pm.

Here is potentially the thing that got me the most last year and continues to needle me in the side when I think I’m loving Seattle. The mornings are STILL cold. Still grab a jacket weather before you head out and shuffle side to side while waiting for the morning bus to stay warm weather. When I am feeling this way, especially after I’ve gotten to work, I want a warm breakfast. If you are like me, I have the perfect breakfast (or lunch actually) for you. It is meal prep friendly, high protein and gluten free. Savory Oatmeal with my umami powder it in. This umami powder was my 5 seconds of fame when I wrote the Splendid Table saying I had a secret incredible AND FRANCES LAM CALLED ME TO TALK ABOUT IT. He is definitely not Lynne Rossetto Kasper and it was a sad, sad day when she retired. It was still the Splendid Table!

I paired it with Gossip in the Grain because this album is warming, soul stirring and has very fond memories for me. A formerly close friend and I used to see each other every year after high school. This friend and I – music was our life.  We made mixed CDs for each other, found songs that we could have written – word-for-word and lived and breathed the songs we did find. You know the scandal with Tidal where certain songs played WAY too much? In my high school years, I would have been able to tell you that was no scandal, I did in fact play that song 1 million times. During one of our trips, we wanted to find the song that would be our anthem for this trip in Arizona. We decided to play Radio Roulette (this can’t be a thing anymore with the younger generations) and You Are The Best Thing played as soon as we turned the radio on. It was the perfect song. It remains the perfect song. It is comforting, loving and such good energy.

I paired this album with this oatmeal because I’m not always in the mood for both and yet when I am, I hit repeat over and over again. Enjoy.


Savory Oatmeal with Roasted Kale, Kimchi and a Fried egg

Serves four (with 4-1 cup servings of oats)


  • 2 tsp of umami power*
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of Irish cut oatmeal
  • 1 bunch of dinosaur kale (lacinato kale), stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tsp of avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp of kimchi (per bowl, will need 4x this amount for the full recipe)
  • 1 fried or poached egg per bowl (4 total if making the full recipe)


  1. In a medium sized pot, at the umami powder to the water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the Irish cut oatmeal. Cook for about 30 minutes, with the heat on low.
  2. While the oatmeal is cooking, add 1 tsp of avocado oil to a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add the kale and stir well. Cook/sear for about 5 minutes until the kale is bright green. Remove from heat and toss with the sesame oil.
  3. Serve the oatmeal with a generous helping of kale, topped with kimchi and a fried egg. Enjoy!


  • Umami Powder:

You can also hard boil eggs until soft (this seems like an oxymoron) and save them to top with the oatmeal if you are meal prepping.

My umami powder was discussed on a Splendid Table episode! I spoke with Frances Lam and discussed the ways I use this seriously umami powder. Listen to it here. It starts about 40 min in 🙂

Umami Powder Recipe: 6 T Bonita Flakes, 1 oz Dried Shiitake mushrooms, 1 oz Dried Kombu.

Blitz it all up in a spice grinder or food processor (I’ve used both). Sprinkle on everything! (Especially slow cooked things but eggs, pizza sauce and of course this oatmeal all taste great!).

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