This week I was contacted by the folks at Mornflake as they are running a competition to find the best porridge recipe. Now, you all know how much I love porridge. I eat it every week day for breakfast (and most weekends, except when I have pancakes), and only when it is super hot do I change to bircher muesli. It is my staple food for sure.
A while back I even did “Pimp My Porridge” to see how many add-ins I could come up with.
My favourite porridge at the moment is this: 40g oats, some milk (at the moment Alpro soya light)- I just pour it in until it looks right but it is probably around 150ml-200ml, a tbs of chia seeds and a few dried cherries (those Sainsbury’s dried cherries are so delicious)- I leave that in a bowl in the fridge overnight so the oats and seeds and dried fruit all soak up some of the liquid. Then (sorry porridge purists) it goes in the microwave for 2 mins 20. I can nearly empty the dishwasher in that time! Then I add a blob of peanut butter.
They also sent me a lovely recipe by The Porridge Lady.
This recipe uses the natural sweetness of berries topped with the sweet treat of white chocolate.
Cooking & preparation time: 6 mins
15g white chocolate
80g Mornflake jumbo oats
200ml cold water
80g frozen berries
1 dessert spoon runny British honey
Coarsely grate the white chocolate and set aside.
Into a deep saucepan place the oats, water and milk.
Then put the saucepan over a high heat and cook for 2 mins stirring constantly.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the oats for a further 2-3 mins or until you have a nice creamy porridge.
Pour the porridge into two bowls.
Swirl the frozen berries into the porridge (they will be like little frozen fruit pops!).
Top with a swirl of honey.
Finally garnish with the grated chocolate and serve hot to your sweetheart for breakfast.
Sounds good, huh? I think I would have dark chocolate instead (I prefer it)- plus Andy is not a porridge fan but of course the recipe could be easily halved.
Anyway, if you want to enter the competition then here is the info:
Simon Rimmer (TV chef) and Britain’s oldest family oat miller, Mornflake Cereals, are urging porridge fans to share their oaty masterpieces, for a chance to take part in the first ever ‘Porridge Stir-Off’, at the home of Mornflake Oats, in Cheshire, on Saturday 5th April.
The ‘Stir-Off’ will take place in the scenic, 13th Century Bunbury Water Mill, near Mornflake Cereals, where the winning recipe will be chosen by Simon, Porridge guru and Golden Spurtle winner, Anna Louise Batchelor (aka the Porridge Lady), together with Mornflake MD, John Lea.
The winner will enjoy a fabulous Gourmet Evening-for-two, hosted by Simon, at his award-winning Cheshire restaurant, Earle, a year’s worth of Mornflake Porridge Oats and an all-expenses-paid trip to enter their recipe into the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships, in Scotland. The recipe will also feature in Mornflake’s annual Oat Recipe Book.
Fellow judge, Anna Louise Batchelor, said “For the Stir-Off we are looking for imaginative and creative recipes – we are looking to find a Great British Porridge!”.
To enter, simply upload a video clip or picture of your oaty masterpiece, with full recipe details, to their dedicated web page.
Entries end next Thursday (6th March) so if you fancy entering then get your porridge hat on quickly.
What is your favourite porridge topping? Does your other half like porridge?