My favorite porridge is oatmeal and I make something of a science of preparing myself a healthy and filling bowl of the stuff. Here's what I do:
1. Start with some healthy old fashioned rolled oats. I prefer not to use the little packages of oats and not to use quick cooking oats and not to use flavored or pre-sweetened oats. In the USA, I try to eat as much organic food as possible since giant chemical lobbies like the evil Monsanto company are allowed to put all kinds of crap in our food AND not even label it as such. So, I use these organic oats:
2. Measure out the amount of oats you wish to use. In the USA our measurements are in volume rather than weight. Just use any small cup, it doesn't even have to be a measurement cup and dump it in the pot. Typically I use about 1/3 cup of oats, today I used 1/2 cup of oats since I just came back from a 5K run and didn't have breakfast before I went, I'm now really hungry!
3. Using the same cup you used to measure the oats, fill it twice with water and add that to the oats in your pot.
4. Cook the oats on medium heat until they are no longer watery or shiny.
5. While the oats are cooking prepare the extras. I love all the extras in my oatmeal. I typically use whatever I have on hand. Today it was 1/2 a banana. I cut it up and put it in the bowl before the oatmeal.
6. Then the berries (warning - in the USA use organic berries ONLY - non-organic berries are loaded with pesticides) which today were raspberries (my favorite berry) and strawberries. I like to put half the berries under the oatmeal and the other half on top.
7. When the oats finish their cooking, I dump them atop the bananas and berries.
8. Then I put little clumps of Earth Balance (aka my butter) in the oatmeal.
10. The rest of the berries were added to the top.
11. The whole thing was finished with raw sliced almond and pecans.
Note: I love a bit of brown sugar sprinkled on my oatmeal but since Jan 1 I am making a healthy attempt not to eat sugar or any added sweetener and also no white flour.
Ta dah! This is one big, giant bowl of oatmeal!
AND... I managed to eat the whole thing. Hopefully that will keep me full for a while.
Here are some more ideas for items to add to your oatmeal or porridge:
Raisins (aka sultanas), apples, walnuts, coconut, maple syrup, craisins, blueberries, blackberries, jam
How do you porridge?