Friday, 12 August 2016

Porridge with Spiced Blueberries

I never have breakfast at home during the working week - I just get up and go, grabbing a cup of tea or coffee on my way to the office. I know it's '' the most important meal of the day'' but I honestly find I don't need it. I have to take my lunch break at around mid-day so I'm not dying of hunger by the time I get my lunch. However, the weekends are another matter - Saturdays are usually 'doing things' days for us so we have something filling and healthy - porridge, granola or yogurts with oatmeal and fruit. Sundays are another matter we are lazy and cook a brunch together mid to late morning - which at the moment we always seems to be cooking banana pancakes, bacon and fresh fruit.

Last weekend I had a little more time on the Saturday morning, so decided to have my usual porridge but instead of just throwing on a handful of fresh fruit, I fancied quickly warming some blueberries and adding a little spice to flavour it all up.

Recipe - enough for 2

100g porridge oats
500-600 ml milk or water or a mix of the two
teaspoon vanilla paste
pinch salt

for the spiced blueberries
150g blueberries
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon water - extra maybe needed.
inch cinnamon stick
couple whole cloves
1 twist ground black pepper

Optional toppings
a little milk, cream, Greek yogurt, seeds, nuts or malted oats (my favourite)

I'm assuming everyone knows how to make porridge. But just in case your were absent that day or you just don't want to read the package instructions here's my method's - I have two one when I'm feeling homely (usually on a frosty winters morning) when I'm happy stiring the oats in a pan on the stove and the other is my microwave option for when I'm buzzing around and want to get on with my day.......

Put the oats in a saucepan, pour in your milk/water - I like my porridge on the thicker, sticker side so I add less liquid, add the vanilla and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir from time to time. You can cook this really well in the microwave. Just pop it all in a large bowl cover and microwave on full for 2 minutes, stir and then cook for another 2 minutes. Leave to stand for another 2 minutes before serving.

To make up your spiced blueberries just pop all the ingredients into a heavy bottom pan. Warm gently over a low heat until the fruit burst. Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes until a syrup forms - you may need to add a little more water it depends how much juice you get from your blueberries. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves before serving. If you don't fancy all that spice just leave them out - blueberries warmed with a little sugar are just as yummy.

Let your blueberries cool a little before pouring over your porridge.

Sprinkle on any 'extra's' you like and serve ........

Hope you have a great weekend - and enjoy your breakfasts......
Love Lizx

 Porridge and Blueberries