Wednesday, September 8, 2010

neil gaiman's yummy porridge recipe

Porridge is a Brit way of saying oatmeal (or any kind of boiled grain like champorado or lugaw). I found this recipe at Neil Gaiman's blog, in which the writer claims it to be a recipe for the yummiest porridge. I decided to give it a try and darn, it is delicious - it's got that caramelly, butterscotchy twist to it.

It comes with a warning though: Gaiman advises that it's not exactly healthy, and certainly not for eating everyday. It's just the kind to serve when you have guests over and you want to impress them, he says. I say, the flavored oatmeal we buy at the grocery stores has more junk than this, so I think this is still a better substitute.


You will need:
  • Oatmeal. Unflavored, regular, old-fashioned oatmeal, not the instant kind. Use 2 different types for texture.
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Milk or cream
  • Optional: Sweetener such as brown sugar, maple syrup or honey

Procedure:
  • In a pan, bathe the oatmeal in butter. Use low heat; be careful not to burn it.
  • Pour in the water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • When cooked, top with the sweetener of your choice and a dollop of cream.

Suggestions:
  • I experimented by adding a dash of vanilla for flavor. Still yummy.
  • I'm thinking about maybe next time I'll try it with cinnamon and / or bits of fruit.