Thursday, 10 September 2009
Feeling your oats is one of the nicest ways to look after your heart and to start your day in a nutritiously tasty way. I reckon I have oats in at least one form or another every morning.
As tasty meusli, mixed with nuts and fruit.
As a delicious granola, sweet with honey, and raisins and chock full of nuts.
Crumbly cereal bits, stirred into yummy Greek Yoghurt and drizzled with Greek Honey.
Or, as the most comforting and delicious way of all . . .
Cooked and simmered into a nice big bowl of porridge.
Not too hot.
Not too cold.
Just right . . . sigh . . . papa bear loves it too . . .
There is nothing like a tasty bowl of porridge oats to warm the tummy on these cooler mornings. I find a bowl of this keeps me going for more than half the day. It's most comforting and quite nourishing.
1 1/2 pints of whole milk
8 ounces porridge oats
1 TBS golden syrup
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
7 ounces single cream
1/2 cup sultanana raisins
Brown sugar to serve and additional milk or cream
Place the milk in a large non-stick saucepan. Bring to the boil and then whisk in the oats, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and salt. Reduce to a slow simmer and then cook, stirring from time to time, for 8 to 10 minutes, until cooked. Whisk in the 7 ounces of cream and heat gently. Spoon into warm bowls, sprinkle with brown sugar and pass the milk!
Note - I sometimes add chopped apricots, or dates, or even a mashed banana. Delicious!