How to Make Porridge

A slow energy release food, porridge keeps us feeling full, longer. It’s also a great contributor to helping lower our cholesterol.

Ingredients

Serves 1

50g porridge oats

300ml of water or milkDSCI2775

Method

  • Put the porridge oats in a saucepan and add the water or milk.
  • Place the saucepan on a low to medium heat and stir constantly. The the mixture will start to thicken and become creamy in look and texture.
  • Serve in deep bottom breakfast bowls. Dust with cinnamon or ginger. Ginger is used in the first photo and here’s the porridge ‘nude’, in effect – without any spice added: DSCI2770

Dawn: There’s no need to measure the ingredients as it’s relatively easy to use a ratio of 2:1 – 2 parts liquid to 1 part porridge oats. 
Andrew: Yes, a half mug of porridge oats plus a full mug of water or milk. Quick and easy: just what our “How to” range is all about! 

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How to Make Perfect Porridge

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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.

Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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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