The Muesli of Erich Zann
This recipe got its title from “The Music of Erich Zann,” one of H. P. Lovecraft’s short stories. The story is about a young student being drawn to his recluse musician neighbor’s strange and unearthly melodies, which he only plays at night.
If you don’t know what “muesli” is (because I didn’t!), it’s a cold oatmeal dish made with a mix of rolled oats, grains, nuts, seeds, and/or dried or fresh fruits. This was made the night before, and then left in the fridge overnight so the oats and dried fruit really soak up the moisture.
First the oats were soaked in milk for about 10 minutes – I used a coconut-almond milk, since the recipe says literally any type of milk will do and it’s what I had in my fridge already. While the oats soaked, I began shredding and slicing apples – half shredded, and half sliced.
After the 10 minutes of soaking, yogurt is mixed in followed by the shredded apples and most of the sliced apples. Then almonds, dried strawberries, dried blueberries, and sunflower seeds are mixed in next. Finally, the whole thing is drizzled with honey and topped with remaining apple slivers and almonds before being covered and refrigerated overnight.
I was surprised how much I liked this – despite it being pretty healthy, it was also quite tasty! It mostly tastes like oats and yogurt, but the fruit in there is a great addition and adds to the sweetness. My husband gave it a 10/10.
This is mostly just a matter of measuring and mixing, with the exception of having to shred and slice the apples.
This feels like it should be cheap, but there’s a good chance you’ll need to purchase quite a few of the ingredients. I found the dried fruit was not easy to find, and I had to order it online which meant I was buying more than I really needed.
Ingredients include rolled oats, milk, yogurt, apples, sliced almonds, dried strawberries, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, and honey.