Once upon a time there were the world’s most perfect pajamas. So perfect in fact, that they might not even exist. They are a rich and creamy shade of white, like a scoop of vanilla ice cream that is just about to drip. Trimmed with the tiniest, most ladylike ruffle and pearlescent buttons. They have a little peek-a-boo sheerness, they make your waist look impossibly small and the hem falls at just the right length. They are never wrinkled or stained and don’t get dingy no matter how often you wash them. The straps don’t slip. They are perfectly complimented by no makeup and a riot of hair on top of your head. They are decorated with a pattern of black vintage keys.
Lyrical. Mythical. Key Pajamas.
I decided, as reality (and price tag) brought my daydream to a screeching halt, that key pajamas are almost impossible. Who wears these key pajamas? Don’t they have to wake up at 5am and grab a cup of coffee on the way to the office? Aren't they still grumpy? Don’t they have to walk the dog? Wash dishes? Rush, rush, rush?
No ma’am they most certainly do not!
The girls who wear key pajamas never wake up to an alarm, and they get to lounge in bed for hours. They read articles about apricots, old love letters or poetry and sip luscious lattes out of perfect cups with saucers while gazing out of their bedroom windows at beautiful views. Those girls eat breakfast in bed. A breakfast like this:
Steel Cut Oatmeal with Rose Water Syrup, Dates and Pistachios
makes one serving
Rose Water Syrup Ingredients
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Rose Water
Rose Water Syrup Instructions
To make Rose Water Syrup boil 1 cup sugar with ½ cup of Rose Water. Once it starts to rapidly boil - remove from heat and it will cool and thicken.
1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
4 Cups Water
8 Medjool Dates
1/4 Cup Pistachios, Finely Chopped
Pinch of Salt
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add in the oats and salt. Stir to combine and reduce heat. Check back every few minutes to stir and prevent the oats from sticking to the pot. Meanwhile chop the dates and pistachios. Steel Cut Oats take about 25 minutes to fully cook, so be patient. I recommend making a few servings and keeping them to eat for the next few days, experiment with toppings. You can even make them in a slow cooker.
Oatmeal might not seem glamorous or luxurious to you, but then you've obviously never had the steel cute variety. Steel Cut Oatmeal is nuttier and chewier than rolled oats. It also takes a little longer to cook, but is a less processed healthier version and is somehow, even without milk or cream is richer and creamier.
My Teta (that’s Arabic for Grandma) told me one time that you can tell which girls are good because good girls always smell like garlic. The bad girls... they smell like roses. I interpreted that to mean that the good girls are always cooking and taking care of someone and the bad girls are doing their hair and makeup and spraying rose perfume on themselves from one of those fancy bottles.
I am one of the girls that, like it or not, always smells like garlic. But when I get to make fancy Lebanese desserts, or this oatmeal on a lazy Saturday morning, drenched in rose water syrup…
I get to pretend I have a key pajama life and that I smell like roses.
What would you have on a key pajama morning?