How to Make Perfect Porridge


Porridge has to be the perfect breakfast for those with a busy morning! As a complex carbohydrate, it releases energy slowly through the morning, and it is also very good for the heart.

Andrew: I had a Scottish friend who insisted porridge be made with water and salt. Not to my taste.

Dawn: This however is a healthy version, and with some fruit added too, is even better for you.

Andrew: This is one variation: plenty more at the end! This is for one person. The secret here is ratio. Too little liquid and it is too dry, too much and it is sloppy.


Serves 1

1/2 mugful of porridge oats

1/2 mugful of semi-skimmed milk

1/2 mugful of water

2 strawberries

A few blueberries

Golden syrup


  • Place the oats, milk and water in a saucepan on a low-medium heat.
  • Stir slowly and often.
  • The porridge will thicken slowly. Keep stirring, so it doesn’t stick and burn.
  • When cooked to your satisfaction, serve immediately.
  • Choose the bowl carefully. A deep bowl will retain the heat longer. Please don’t burn your mouth.
  • Top with sliced strawberries, blueberries and a drizzle of golden syrup.

Dawn: I like honey, too. With bananas.

Andrew: When I have no fresh fruit, I like to use raisins.

Dawn: Apples, any berries, even a little granola would be brilliant. 

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