Sunday, March 26, 2006

porridge from steel cut oats

the english weather makes porridge a lovely breakfast on almost any given day of the year except perhaps in the summer. then too, i suspect that london is crisp in the mornings. i am finding it quite hard to have my usual cereal and cold milkfor breakfast when it is so chilly and grey. i've started to eat a lot of oatmeal or porridge as they call it in this part of the world.

it was my friend, trevor, who first introduced me to the concept of oatmeal made from steel cut oats a while back when i was still living in the bay area. she got me hooked on mccann's steel cut oats which came in a distinctive old-style tin. i got addicted to the chewy, wholesome texture of the grain. every since, i haven't been able to eat rolled oats or the instant flavoured varieties available in the supermarket.

i was browsing the food halls of selfridges a few weeks back looking for mccann's. i found a look-alike (or perhaps the original!) called hamlyn's pinehead oatmeal. hamlyn's is a scottish brand and i have found their pinehead oatmeal makes an absolutely chunky and delicious porridge.

place 1/2 cup of oatmeal to 3 cups water or milk in a saucepan. i usually use water and add just a bit of milk when the porridge is ready. bring to boil, stirring well. simmer for 20 or 25 minutes, or until desired consistency. i like to add bananas, raisins and some honey to my porridge to make it a hearty breakfast.


Blogger Kay said...

Lulu, I too like oats with a chewy texture.. and put raisins, dates, fruits etc in my porridge!

Sometimes, I make it plain and blend it with milk using a power-blender I have and drink it - I call it oats-malt just like ragi-malt ;)

6:11 pm  
Blogger Priya said...

i have never tried oatmeal porridge. but seeing the pic is tempting. i have had oats just in cereal and bread. Next time i'l make sure ill buy 'em. BTW what brand do u recommend buying( here in US)

6:58 pm  
Blogger maya said...

Lulu - one day when you are feeling particularly fit and thin - add condensed milk to your cooked oats - it's the best thing ever! it's chewy and sweet and absolutely delicious. Or you can skip the oats and just eat a few spoonfuls of the c.milk :)

10:19 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

oats-malt sounds yummy, kay!

hi priya,
the brand i'd recommend in america is actually an irish one called mccann's. or any other steel cut oats brand.

dearest maya,
you're beginning to sound like appa now. any excuse for that extra sweet hit, i see. those who run 5 miles a day (YOU!!!!!) can afford to eat condensed milk. some of us sit in front of a computer 10 hours a day and then more at home so i'll skip the extra calories thankyouverymuch.

10:25 pm  
Blogger gs said...

lulu,i will take maya's suggestion with a small variation.a few and large tablespoons of condensed milk.

11:27 pm  
Blogger runnr said...

Oooh I love steel cut oats. With some grated apples, brown sugar and chopped walnuts.

There is a great muesli you can make with the slow cooking type of rolled oats.Grate an apple , mix in about a cup of oats, add some orange juice (optional), and raisins. Refrigerate overnight. Next morning add some chopped nuts, and yogurt(I use soymilk). In the summer I add some extra berries or mangoes chopped into this. It's absolutely divine, when you want something cold for the warmer days. You can sub a fresh peach instead of the apple.

12:40 am  
Blogger rums said...

yumm i love condensed milk! i don't see those tins of milkmaid anymore, do they still sell the stuff?

1:12 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

i never thought of adding apples to oatmeal. got to try it next time. and your muesli recip sounds divine. my friend amy has always talked about making muesli at home but i never got around to doing it. we're running low on cereal so will give homemade muesli a shot. thanks for the inspiration!

now you've got me craving condensed milk. milkmaid was so yum though those cans were so difficult to open in those days unless you had a good can opener which we invariably didn't. can't believe they don't have it anymore...

5:58 pm  
Anonymous rakhi said...

oh my....thank you, thank you! i've been trying to find mccann's here since i moved back from the bay area - or a substitute, but found neither...i'm off to selfridge's food are a star! :)

1:07 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi rakhi,
nice to know that i was able to help you. let me know how you like to enjoy your porridge..

11:48 pm  
Anonymous rakhi said...

with almonds, bananas and little bit of honey...

9:23 am  
Anonymous rakhi said... your blog btw...and i forgot to mention...have you been to wembley (nearest tube stop is alperton on the westbound piccadily line)? - spices and veggies galore..along with a little bit of a feeling of india

southall and green street are other options too (but more for fabrics than food)

10:49 am  

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