Chai Oatmeal

Serves 2

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground

1 star anise

5 to 8 green cardamom pods, unopened

1 cup whole rolled oats

1. In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water, the milks, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and cardamom. Bring to a simmer; turn off heat and steep for 10 minutes.

2. Strain out the spices, then return the milk to the same pot. Add oats; bring to a simmer over medium heat.

3. Reduce heat to low; cover loosely. Cook without stirring for about 10 minutes, or until the oatmeal thickens to desired consistency. Serve with milk and sweetener of choice, if desired.

-- Warren Brown, "CakeLove in the Morning" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $24.95, 208 pages)





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