It’s not really the time of the year for porridge but the morning can be a little chilly at the moment and people love porridge. The spices are optional but are health – wise beneficial , mainly anti-inflammatory and anti biotic. Fruit is plentiful in the market and ripe fruit can be wash peeled and frozen , then used for smoothies or cooked. We like to pre-soak the oats as it makes for quicker cooking time and optimum nutrition and digestion.
Here’s a a great explantion from “Nourishing Traditions” which explains the reason why oats need to be soaked–
All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may led to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.
• 50g porridge oats (pre-soaked)
• ½ tsp cinnamon powder
• ½ tsp turmeric/haldi powder
• ½ tsp ginger powder
• 350ml milk or water, or a mixture of the two, we used almond milk
• Fresh or cooked fruit and clear honey, to serve
1. Put the oats in a saucepan, pour in the milk or water
2. . Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
3. Mix the oats, milk or water and a pinch of cinnamon and turmeric.
4. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
5. To serve. Pour into bowls, spoon fruits on top and drizzle with honey.