Ten ways to serve Porridge – How to Keep Porridge Exciting.

Hello,

My idea of porridge as a child came in the form of Readybrek. I’m sure you can remember what that is. In fact I believe they still sell it now. As an adult it was an occasional breakfast, in the form of a sachet that you then blitzed in the microwave or one of those add water pots. If I’m being really honest breakfast before I had little pigs was a rare occurrence in itself. It tended to be a few mouthfuls of last nights leftovers, or chocolate, or on a good day a slice of toast.

Since I’ve had children though, I have had porridge oats in my cupboard. They still sat there for a long time as in my mind cooking porridge for breakfast took too long. It was a faff and there were so many other easier nutritional breakfasts that I  could serve instead. Eventually I bit the bullet and cooked my first batch of porridge and do you know what? it was easy, it was yummy, it was fresh and I knew exactly what was in it. They weren’t ‘fancy’ oats, just Sainsbury’s Scottish Porridge Oats and I followed the instructions on the back of the bag. I increased the portions slightly to 50g of oats per person to 250ml of milk (or water) and heat it on the hob, stirring constantly for approximately 5 minutes……….. who knew right?

Bowl of Porridge
Bowl of Porridge

Porridge is by far the little pig’s breakfast of choice. Apart from that time when I didn’t realise the milk was off…………still makes me feel green now just remembering it. In all seriousness though, they love it. Most days it is what they ask for and the bowl is always scraped clean. Now I’m a fairly new convert to porridge and although I’m a big fan, it’s nice to mix it up a bit. So if you’re like me, and new to the world of ‘proper’ porridge or you just really like porridge, then below is my ten ways to serve porridge.

  1. Plain Porridge – Now I think it is only fair to have this at number one. When made with full fat milk which is what we use in my household (none of that reduced fat business), it has a lovely creamy texture and taste.
  2. Sugar – I know there are much fancier forms of getting a sweeter taste nowadays to your porridge but sometimes a spoonful of sugar still does the trick.
  3. Golden Syrup – Now we can’t talk about ways to keep you breakfast exciting and not talk about the classic and famous combination that is Golden Syrup and porridge…It works. Every time.

    Golden Syrup
    Golden Syrup
  4. Nutella – Don’t panic there will be some sugar free options soon, but it’s best to get the well loved classics out of the way first. Plus who doesn’t love Nutella???
  5. Jam – See we are getting closer to the concept of fruit, I promise! But jam can add such variety with it’s different flavours and textures. Also if you’re like me and not all of your jams come out perfectly. Porridge is great for a sloppy spoon full of spoiled jam (I’m really selling it I know).
  6. Banana – Banana is one of my favourites in porridge in slices. The little pigs tend to pick them out and eat them separately, but they still eat it and it’s important to remember that the variety in serving porridge is for your sanity, not theirs. I imagine you could throw in some pecan nuts and that would be super yummy too.
  7. Nutella and Banana – I know the Nutella snuck in again (shhh don’t judge me) but you have to admit. Banana and Nutella were meant for each other. Plus I feel a little less guilty about my Nutella when there’s a whole banana in there too.

    Nutella
    Nutella
  8. Berryfest Porridge – Often I’ll throw in a handful of blueberries but if I have raspberries and strawberries in the fridge. I’ll throw a mixture in and it always looks so pretty and cheerful first thing in the morning.

    Berries
    Berries
  9. Grated Apple and Cinnamon – This is a rather autumnal one but I like it. However make sure you don’t grate the apple too soon as otherwise it goes brown. Then it’s not the most appetising look in the world. But again as we all know apple and cinnamon go rather well together.
  10. Porridge Fingers – This might sound odd but I got this recipe from The Baby Led Weaning Cookbook and its great for when they’re weaning (obvious I know), but also for when you’re having breakfast on the run. I guess there isn’t a reason why you couldn’t do it on the hob, but I tend to this in a flat bottomed bowl in the microwave. You basically overcook the porridge until it becomes solid. Then once it has cooled you can cut it into slices.

There you have it. My ten ways to serve porridge. Hopefully you are not too horrified to see all those sugary options. If you’ve been following me for awhile though, you will know that I don’t tend to panic about the odd bit of sugar here and there. My little pigs are very active and on the whole eat varied and balanced diets.

Who would have thought it. That I have gone from somebody who actively avoided eating breakfast in the morning unless a cup of tea counted. To now championing breakfast and enjoying the ten minutes of calm in the morning as everyone silently devours their food.

Speak to you soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy

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