Mayi Moulin (Haitian grits)

1 cup course corn meal
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 tsp thyme
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 plum tomato, diced
1 tsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Finely diced mushrooms and other vegetables can be added to the saute.
Optional: Serve with a fried egg.
Saute garlic, tomato, and onion in oil. Add water and bring to a boil. Combine remaining ingredients. Reduce flame to medium-low. Stir mixture repeatedly to avoid clumps.