In the past few years breakfast became my favorite meal of the day – the fact that this is my second breakfast related post in a row may be a sign of this. My love for breakfast probably started when it became a habit of mine to start my day at charming little cafés, in the company of some scrambled eggs, toasts, or a croissant.
Unfortunately, I’m no longer surrounded by cute cafés and breakfast spots, so mainly because of this, and partly for budget-reasons, cozy breakfasts are very rare now. After a while one gets pretty bored with sandwiches (especially when it takes me years to make my granola again), and honestly, I don’t feel like getting up early every morning and get through all the fuss to make a fritatta, for example. So, a versatile, tasty breakfast option always comes in handy.
I wasn’t a big fan of porridge for a long time, because… I don’t really know why. Probably because I don’t really like milky food, and, until now, porridge fell in that category for me – which of course meant it would get burned easily, so instead of an easy breakfast it was more like a nightmare. And then, while browsing through that certain cookbook that made me create this website, I found an easy porridge recipe, and we fell in love with each other pretty quickly. It’s not just me; I know porridge loves me back. Since then, many variations were made and I can tell you – our budding relationship is stronger than ever.
I would brag how I know this recipe by heart but it’s not a hard one so it’s not a real achievement. In this video, Jamie Oliver gives a few ideas regarding the toppings, and he mentions the one that is my current favorite – porridge with blackberry sauce. This amount is enough for about 4 servings but I usually only make half of it.
What you’ll need:
- 1 big mug of coarse oats
- 3 big mugs of water
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A handful of fresh blackberries
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Shredded walnut for the topping (optional)
- Combine oats, water and salt and start to cook it on medium heat. When it starts to boil, reduce heat and stir every now and then to make sure it won’t stick to the bottom.
- After about 15 minutes when it gets the right consistency, turn the heat off and stir in honey.
- Meanwhile, mix blackberries and sugar in another saucepan and start to cook it on medium heat. Stir it regularly and when the berries are getting soft, push them so they will release moisture. When it starts to look like a sauce, you’re done.
- Spoon the porridge into bowls, top with sauce (sprinkle with the walnut, if using) and enjoy!
There are tons of other options for toppings and flavors, so feel free to experiment. Mixing in some cocoa powder, or banana and cinnamon is great, not to mention apple with walnuts. And yes, I might have started today with some porridge but come on, you know it’s hard to get bored of. So what’s your favorite topping?