Coming Home to Porridge

July 10, 2013

Well, Winter is here! I suppose it has been here for a while, hasn’t it. Yes, Melbourne has been particularly chilled of late. And for me, having only recently come home from the sticky, thick New Orleans heat, it is a real icy delight.

I still have a few posts from our USA trip to come, I’m immensely enjoying recapping our adventures. I miss it so, New York City and San Francisco… But it is also very nice to be home, with dear family and friends, familiar comforts like my parents’ couch, a cozy sweater and my favourite china teacup. And this thin, bone cold, crisp air.

What a way to be welcomed home and filled with warmth from the inside out, protection from the sometimes sunny and often drizzly frost of July, than with a bowl of hot porridge…

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Welcome Home Porridge

Serves 1

Basics:
A scant 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
2 heaped teaspoons Chia Seeds
3/4 cup Milk

Toppings:
1 generous teaspoon Honey (option: Pure Maple Syrup)
1 very heaping generous teaspoon Coconut Cashew Cream (option: #1 Nut Butter or #2 a sprinkling of roasted nuts)
A piece of Fruit – a small, ripe banana is lovely. As are berries or a fig. Ideally you’ll have some poached quince or rhubarb to scoop onto your porridge… In this case I had an orange, served on the side.

Method
1. Put the oats and chia seeds into a heavy-based saucepan. Add ½ cup milk, and turn the heat on to medium allowing the mixture to gently coming to a simmer (if using banana, slice it and add at this point). Once bubbling, turn the heat down a little and stir often to ensure the oats doesn’t stick to the bottom. Cook for a few more minutes until the oats are soft, adding the last ¼ cup of milk as required to create a creamy bowl of porridge.
2. Pour your porridge into your favourite bowl and top with your favourite toppings.
3. Eat and enjoy your porridge hug, your welcome home.

 

What did you have for breakfast today?

 

Heidi xo

 

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  • Hannah July 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    They dined on mince, and slices of quince
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
    The moon,
    The moon,
    They danced by the light of the moon.

    Quince definitely beats orange. xo

    • Heidi July 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      What a delight you are x

  • msihua July 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Glad you had a hearty welcoming 🙂 Looks like a hug in a bowl 🙂

    • Heidi July 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      thank you! x

  • Todd @ HonestlyYUM July 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Sometimes it’s the simple things are best. It’s always good to come home..

    • Heidi July 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      so simple, so good 🙂 x

  • Ashley July 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I love your little yellow bowl 🙂

    • Heidi July 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      thanks, me too! x

  • InTolerant Chef July 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Comfort food for body and soul Heidi!

    • Heidi July 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Amen x

  • Lyfina July 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    My favourite porridge of all time is your “Perfect Porridge” you posted from way back. Thank you for sharing such a simple recipe.

  • addie | culicurious July 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Glad y’all made it home safely! and to winter, no less 😉 Cheers!