Champion porridge maker Ian Bishop from Carrbridge in Scotland swears by the following method:
- Pour three cups of water into a small saucepan and place over a moderate heat.
- Tip in one cup of medium oatmeal and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
- As soon as the porridge starts to pop and splutter, add half a teaspoon of salt. (Add salt to all porridge, even if you are going to sweeten it afterwards.)
- Continue stirring until the porridge has been cooking for a total time of 5 minutes. Tip into warm bowls.
- Serve with a bowl of cold milk ready. Lift a spoonful of hot porridge and dip it into the cold milk and eat.
Traditionally, you should only stir your porridge clockwise or you risk summoning the devil. A wooden spurtle will get right into the corners and prevent your porridge from sticking.
Liven up your daily breakfast by adding the fresh toppings
If you want to liven up your daily porridge, yogurt or cereal, simply add healthy toppings:-
- dried apricots, pears or prunes
- fresh chopped fruits, such as apples, bananas and oranges, topped with a spoonful of yogurt or low fat fromage frais
- Natural fruit syrup
- orange segments with natural or greek yoghurt
- raisins or sultanas
- stewed apples, fresh fruit compote or apple sauce (easy to make at home)
Did you know?
You can prevent the mad rush in the morning by mixing your oats with milk before bedtime. Leave overnight and microwave or cook in the morning. Serve hot and steaming!
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