Book Club Porridge

March 5, 2014

Hi folks! Happy Wednesday.

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On the weekend I hosted the first book club my girlfriends and I have started. 2014 shall be full of books, I say. We read Michael Pollan‘s In Defense of Food, which generated much discussion about our food choices as consumers, what we recommend to clients as Dietitians and any diet changes we personally would like to make. The whole event was terribly fun and I am just itching to dive into more books and topics! I’d better find my library card, dust it off and get cracking on our next book, The Rosie Project.

The benefit of gathering your girlfriends (besides purposeful book chatter) is that you get to eat together. As it was a brunch date I decided to make a simple pot of porridge elevated by a few fancy embellishments.

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We had toasted almonds, macadamias and sunflower seeds, as well as caramelised bananas and honey cinnamon figs. The green smoothie on the side was made with baby spinach, medjool dates, frozen banana, water and milk went down a treat. As did coffee (quite a few cups for me…)

This morning I took some of the leftover porridge I made to my grandparents’ house for breakfast (they stuck to their raisin toast – love). It was a mix of rolled and steel-cut oats and I topped this with toasted almonds and honey warmed with cinnamon. I was a most happy porridge camper.

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Today we are getting air-conditioning installed at the clinic (yay!), and in between work I get to visit with my grandparents and skype a friend in the USA. Ben has an appointment with the hand surgeon on Thursday and will hopefully get a bit more freedom in movement, and then I have my very first acupuncture appointment, which is super exciting. And Friday I’m back to the farm before a date with Emma for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival! It’s looking to be a swell first week of March.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Heidi xo


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  • Hannah March 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Are you kidding me?! This is heaven! Books and porridge and friendship?!

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Knew you’d love this x

  • Nicole March 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Mmmm caramelised banana, cinamonny figs and porridge AND book talk. Heaven! I had a baked oatmeal breaky inspired by a Delicious Ella blog post. Super nourishing and warming… Baked oats with cinnamon, mushy bananas, figs, mixed berries, coconut flakes topped with pistachios and a little maple syrup.

    I always look forward to reading your blog posts after a hard day at work Heidi. Keep up the fabulous photography and words. Inspiring.


    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      How lovely, thank you so much, Nicole! Happy. LOVE the sound of those oats, yum. You have excellent taste 🙂 x

  • InTolerant Chef March 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I love a big bowl of GF porridge, and those extras sound yummo!
    I hope Ben’s hand heals quickly. I understand your frustration though, I was totally bed ridden a few months back after abdominal surgery when BigJ fell off his bike and put his back out. We had to keep littlej hand from school to care for us! X

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Oh yes, I knew you’d understand this, it made me think of you, actually! You’re a superstar x

  • InTolerant Chef March 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Oops, the second part of that reply was for your last post about the mousse! Sorry!

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      hehe totally got it, thanks, lovely x

  • Elly March 7, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Did you enjoy Michael Pollan’s book? I’ve recently been on a Michael Pollan binge – I just read his newest book, ‘Cooked’, which prompted me to pull out and re-read ‘In Defense of Food” and “The Botany of Desire”. I love his writing style and his message and I’ve been re-inspired to start my own veggie patch!

    Your porridge looks delicious, by the way 🙂

    • Heidi March 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      I loved it, as I’m finding it very relevant to me and my lifestyle and food choices, and I support his agenda so I may be biased. He’s a great writer, I feel, very persuasive without alienating. Very charming, I’ve heard him speak too. I started Cooked but didn’t get too far. I appreciated his tips towards the end of the book, feel they will be very useful with clients – he articulates it all so well! Yay for your own veggie patch, thats awesome! x

  • Justasmalltowngirl March 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Heidi, sounds fab porridge and book club. My friends don’t understand my love for porridge. I would be interested in your thoughts about the Michael Pollan book. Would you consider doing a book review at any stage of any of the nutrition books you may read or compile of a list of some of your top nutrition related books? Happy Reading:)

    • Heidi March 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Hey! Yes I can look to do that. It won’t happen anytime soon though as I’m a slow reader & am currently working through all these non-fiction books. Though I have been enjoying Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch. But yes, I’ll consider it! & that’s a shame re your friends & porridge…more for you? 🙂 x

      • Justasmalltowngirl March 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

        Thanks Heidi, all good. I will look into that book sounds good.. I’m currently reading the Fiona Willers handbook and then will try and read the intuitive eating book.

        • Heidi March 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

          That should be a good read, too! Yes there’s so much I want to get stuck into. Keep sharing any good things you find 🙂 x