It’s getting decidedly chilly in North London. Oh yes it starts off all sunny and warm through the window but as soon as I open that kitchen door in the morning it’s a little bit nippy. Porridge is what that signals. Porridge.
There are a myriad of different types of grains or cereals you can use to make porridge but I mainly eat is oats. I was recently sent some Stoats Porridge Oats to try.
Scottish Founders with a mission to take porridge to the people
The business was founded by Tony and Bob and originally operated on the festival circuit out of a trailer – The Stoats Porridge Bar. They did very well but because of the name, people expected porridge bars. So the team developed the world’s first porridge snack bars. I was sent some of these too and I must admit that they’ve come in handy in the boot of the car and the desk drawer at work. Not for breakfast I might add but for a snackette in traffic or in a back to back meeting filled day.
I much prefer the breakfast cereal. I received the Sunflower and Poppy Seed and the Apple and Cinnamon. I had the first one every day with different toppings.
The oats are thin and rolled and so this is a quick cook porridge ready in the microwave in 2 minutes. If you prefer it on the stove it takes about 5-8 minutes. I have concluded my favourite topping is mango with a sprinkling of extra sunflower seeds and a drizzling of orange olive oil. You can find some more inspiration on my porridge pinterest board.
I don’t really like flavoured porridge oats and so I used the Apple and Cinnamon as a topping for crumble and made a batch of incredibly unhealthy porridge bars of my own otherwise know as flapjacks! They were really rather lovely with a dollop of Greek style yoghurt in the morning.
Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks
To make them - about 16 squares
What’s your favourite way to eat porridge oats?
- Chocolate Cinnamon Cranberry Porridge (cakeyboi.com)
- Spiced Buckwheat and Oat Porridge (fussfreeflavours.com)
- The story of porridge, a Scottish castle and a ghost (elizabethskitchendiary.co.uk)
- Carrot, Date and Almond Porridge (foodtoglow.com)
- How to cook the perfect porridge (guardian.com)