In the cold winter months, there is nothing better than thick sweet porridge in the morning. Some like their porridge runny and sugary, others, thick and salty and stirred with a Scottish spurtle spoon. Below are three variants of porridge inspired by the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – I’m hoping one recipe will be just right!
Daddy Bear’s Porridge
A cup of Scottish jumbo whole porridge oats
1/2 cup of boiling water
1 tsp brown sugar
Semi skimmed milk
Topping suggestions: Blackberries, pecans, chopped mixed nuts, blueberries, chopped bananas, strawberries and cream…
Put the oats and water into a pan and leave to soak for 5 minutes until the oats are swollen (when I was younger we used to soak the oats overnight to make them swell up and make the porridge extra creamy tasting). Add in the milk and sugar and heat. Make sure that you stir continuously until your oats have reached the perfect consistency. When its ready, swirl in some maple syrup and some thick cream. We like adding blackberries and mushing them into the porridge to turn it purple.
Mummy Bear’s (gluten-free, anti-candida) Porridge
1 cup of quinoa
1 cup of water of water
1 cup of oat milk (or coconut milk)
1 tsp xylitol sweetener (or sugar substitute)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
yoghurt to top
Topping suggestions: almond butter or toasted shredded coconut…
This porridge is light with a slight crunch from the quinoa.
Put the quinoa, water, milk cinnamon and xylitol sweetener into a pan and bring to the boil. Keep simmering until the quinoa are translucent. Add more milk to bring it to the required consistency. To finish you could either swirl in some almond butter and yoghurt or some toasted shredded coconut.
Baby Bear’s Porridge
Simply add the water and leave to soak for 5 minutes, then add the milk and heat until the oatmeal has reached the required consistency. Add in a teaspoon of cocoa powder and two teaspoons of Nutella and mix. Garnish with some lovely chocolate drops to finish. This is a really decadent Sunday treat to have for breakfast.
There have been so many versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My favourite is probably from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes:
“How would you feel
If you had made this lovely meal
And some delinquent little tot
Broke in and gobbled up the lot?”
In order for Baby Bear to get his porridge back – Daddy bear pragmatically advises Baby Bear to eat Goldilocks whole – since his porridge is inside her!
What are your favourite porridge recipes? I’ve yet to try Congee, an Asian savory porridge…
The bear illustrations on this page are my own – but check out Nora Hilb’s beautiful three bear illustrations (below). But, my favourite drawing of the three bears is by Delphine Durand’s from “The House that Jill Built”. Check out her Flickr photostream as well as her brilliant blog – I guarantee that her pictures will make you smile.
(Click on the images if you want to know more…)