Porridge, a couple of ways

I think porridge is one of those staples that occasionally gets a bad name, and for some people is the epitome of boring, claggy food. However, hear me out, because in my mind porridge is all about the toppings. You wouldn't eat a plain pizza base, would you? No, madness, all the toppings!! This recipe is a base, to which you could add whatever you like or have on hand, but I have included a couple of suggestions to get you started. It has the addition of chia seeds and buckwheat kernels as I find they add a nice change in texture, as well as being good for you, but if they are not your thing just omit them.

A note: There are two ways I make porridge, on the stove, and in the microwave. The microwave is great for doing a single-serve of porridge but try and put any more in there and you will have porridge-volcano-melt-down-with-none-left-in-the-actual-bowl? It's super hard to clean off your microwave and said bowl will probably be nuclear in temperate by the time it's even close to being done. So in the case of making porridge for multiple people go for the stove method.

Yields1 Serving
Cook Time-10 min

 ½ cup Oats
 3 tbsp Buckwheat kernels
 1 tsp Chia seeds
 1 ½ cups Water, milk or milk alternative

On the stove
1

Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring. Turn down to a simmer and continue stirring. It will thicken and after about five to ten minutes, depending on how much you are making, it will be just about done. Pop a lid on it and let sit for a few minutes to finish.

In the microwave
2

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and stir. Microwave for 2 minutes on high and then give it a stir. Microwave for a further minute and then stir again. Let sit for a couple of minutes to finish and to reach a temperature that you won't burn your mouth on.

Pear, Walnuts and Almond Butter Porridge
3

To you cooked porridge stir in 1/2 teaspoon of maca powder if you have it and then top with some poached pears, chopped walnuts and a dollop of almond butter.

Chocolate Porridge with Berries
4

Add a tablespoon of cacao powder to the porridge, either while you are cooking it or after. Top with any berries you have to hand, if they're frozen microwave them with a little water until you are able to squash them with a spoon into a sauce. Maple syrup or honey is also a great addition here.

Apple and Coconut Porridge
5

Grate an apple and add to the porridge before cooking along with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, top with your favourite seeds and nuts - linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or flaked almonds would be great, as well as some toasted coconut of some kind. Add a drizzle of honey if you like.

Ingredients

 ½ cup Oats
 3 tbsp Buckwheat kernels
 1 tsp Chia seeds
 1 ½ cups Water, milk or milk alternative

Directions

On the stove
1

Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring. Turn down to a simmer and continue stirring. It will thicken and after about five to ten minutes, depending on how much you are making, it will be just about done. Pop a lid on it and let sit for a few minutes to finish.

In the microwave
2

Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and stir. Microwave for 2 minutes on high and then give it a stir. Microwave for a further minute and then stir again. Let sit for a couple of minutes to finish and to reach a temperature that you won't burn your mouth on.

Pear, Walnuts and Almond Butter Porridge
3

To you cooked porridge stir in 1/2 teaspoon of maca powder if you have it and then top with some poached pears, chopped walnuts and a dollop of almond butter.

Chocolate Porridge with Berries
4

Add a tablespoon of cacao powder to the porridge, either while you are cooking it or after. Top with any berries you have to hand, if they're frozen microwave them with a little water until you are able to squash them with a spoon into a sauce. Maple syrup or honey is also a great addition here.

Apple and Coconut Porridge
5

Grate an apple and add to the porridge before cooking along with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, top with your favourite seeds and nuts - linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or flaked almonds would be great, as well as some toasted coconut of some kind. Add a drizzle of honey if you like.

Porridge, a couple of ways