Thursday, 10 December 2009

An open love letter to porridge.


I love porridge. I actually feel excited about getting up and choosing what to put on top of it. This week, porridge excitement reached fever pitch after I purchased a tin of créme de marrons. Unctuous, sweet and melty, this stuff was made to go on porridge. I nearly had it for dinner as well as breakfast yesterday.

Other favourite toppings include a layer of crunchy brown sugar, a dollop of treacle or maple syrup, or a pat of butter. (This was how my Grandma made it when I was young. I used to pick out the butter on my spoon and eat that first. Aren't kids disgusting?) I want to investigate the use of fruit, flaked almonds and cinnamon. And I was drooling at the description of Gleneagles' deluxe porridge in this porridge puff piece; it's made with cream and Drambuie-laced raspberries. Absolute porn.

So, what do you put on top of yours?

(Oh, and Americans: I love you and wish I could come and live in your land of plenty for a while. And thanks for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. But can you stop calling porridge 'oatmeal' please. It's 'porridge'. Thanks.)

[Photography by My Breakfast Blog. I really respect your love of the best meal of the day.] 

10 comments:

  1. Scream - the horror. Salt, that's it. Nothing else and especially nothing sweet. I'm going to have to go and lie down now.

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  2. Haha! I'm sorry. A friend of mine who is Scottish has also remarked that salt and nothing else is the way forward.

    Sorry to have ruined your morning.

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  3. Shit. You've finally totally lost it.

    Breakfast = toast and marmite. Fact.

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  4. Marmite? As if I would allow that evil, brown slop anywhere NEAR my breakfast plate!

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  5. I put Cadbury's chocolate drops on mine. It's my inner five-year old, what can I say :-)

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  6. PORRIDGE! I love it too. Banana and peanut butter is my current favourite topping, but I am really rather tempted by this treacle idea. And I think I need to get some creme de marrons, and pronto. I also like mixing some dessicated coconut in with the porridge as it cooks (in water)... that's good stuff.

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  7. lol...your pictures of real "porridge" look much more lovely than my humble "oatmeal" every could! that said, i love to top mine with brown sugar, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans.

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  8. To be fair, oatmeal is more descriptive of what I'm eating, isn't it? My morning bowl contains cinnamon and sliced almonds.

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  9. Jessica: NO! Water/milk + heat + oatmeal = porridge.

    I am totally just taking the piss, of course. ;p

    Chocolate drops and toasted pecans sound bloody lovely. I tried sliced almonds this morning and they could've done with toasting first. I'll try that too.

    I will also try this Scrooge breakfast of porridge with just salt and see how I get on.

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  10. after yesterdays Seinfeld post - then a post on breakfast was a natural continuation... - or maybe a post on ovaltine (will take an ovaltine over porridge any day)

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