Comments: Oats

To some of us the more pertinent question is..."Why do you make porridge?"

Posted by NiC on 25 January, 2005 at 8:01 PM

2 parts milk to one part oats.
Warm milk in a pan over a gentle heat. when just at the skin forming stage sprinkle in the oats and cook slowly stirring all the time. Once it gets to the "mud plopping" stage it's ready. Add sugar/honey to taste. Very nice with golden syrup or, if you're feeling really decadent, maple syrup.
As a healthy option use skimmed milk and sweetner.
And we eat porridge because it's a fabulous cholesterol buster. For me it's also comfort food; reminds me of cold, frosty mornings from when I was a little girl when my nana made porridge to warm me up.

Posted by Lynn on 25 January, 2005 at 10:11 PM

Never in a microwave. Never with water. Never with low-fat anything. And always, but always, with strawberry jam.

Posted by Nigel on 25 January, 2005 at 10:26 PM

I put about a good handful of porridge oats into a saucepan, add some milk until it looks about right and then heat it over a medium heat - stirring - until it thickens up nicely. Yummy.

If I feel a need to sweeten it, which only occurs rarely as I like porridge as is, I add a touch of honey.

Posted by Richard on 25 January, 2005 at 10:40 PM

Two parts water to one part oats, microwave for 2 mins per bowl, add small amount of milk and spoonful of soft brown sugar, enjoy. Gold top milk is best.

Posted by Debster on 25 January, 2005 at 10:42 PM

Water or milk and water (50:50), half the volume of porridge oats. Heat and simmer until cooked. A pinch of salt adds something (apart from saltiness).

Posted by Tim on 25 January, 2005 at 10:54 PM

Spooky, I was going to 50:50 ratio too. So I will. 50:50, heat/simmer until right. pinch of salt.

sprinkle with brown sugar and add a pat of butter.

There are times when the sugar and butter are replaced with a good spoonful of my Cherry preserves.

Porridge good.

Posted by timothy on 25 January, 2005 at 11:52 PM

Add one cup oats to two cups boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. Let set one minute to thicken up. Put in bowl and add a pat of butter, maple syrup or brown sugar, and a little milk.

As a child I would put uncooked oatmeal in a bowl with white sugar (no milk) and eat it while watching Saturday morning cartoons. I can't remember if I ate it that way because I liked it or because it was quick.

Posted by la peregrina on 26 January, 2005 at 2:47 AM

Buy a packet of Scott's Porridge Oats.

Follow instructions for making in the microwave.
Easy Peasy....and very yummy.
PS only EVER add salt(Lo-sodium if you must) and a small amount of creamy milk.

Posted by Jamboesque on 26 January, 2005 at 6:17 AM

I once saw a recipe for "proper" oats that included a tot of whisky over the porridge. Anyone tried that? I must remember to try that in winter. (Southern hemisphere here...)

Posted by g on 26 January, 2005 at 7:22 AM

Can't say that I've ever made it myself, though I did used to stir it when my Dad made years ago.

No idea what the ratios of oats, milk and water were but I do know he used to mix them together the night before so that when it came to heating it up in the morning the oats were already soft.

Lovely stuff. You know, I could be tempted to make some this weekend (Not enough time in the week).

Posted by Dave on 26 January, 2005 at 8:42 AM

Go to Scotland, stay in a nice hotel. Order porridge for breakfast. Sprinkle some sugar on top. Yum.

Posted by Elsie on 26 January, 2005 at 8:59 AM

Milk, not water. Pan, not microwave. Bit o' brown suger (not honey - urgh). Bizarrely enough my porridge habit started in Sumatra, of all places, at a hostel near a high volcanoe that everyone climbed. Chilly and wet after long excursion, everyone then needed the wholesome (and warm) goodness of porridge with banana. But you can get it all over South East Asia in guesthouses. Weird.

Posted by Katherine on 26 January, 2005 at 10:48 AM

4 level coffee scoops of porridge oats
"some" semi-skimmed milk (I've got a glass which measures just the right amount)
Microwave for 2.5 mins
Leave to stand for a couple of minutes
Stir - if too thick, add boiling water from kettle.
Stir in a dollop of golden syrup or sugar if I haven't got any

Tried honey in it once - never again.

Posted by witho on 26 January, 2005 at 12:20 PM

there is only one thing to make Porridge with.....Bitty....

Posted by Mr Man child on 26 January, 2005 at 12:49 PM

well done mr bw. second big laugh of the afternoon. ta.

Posted by dave on 26 January, 2005 at 2:48 PM

As said above Buy Scott's Porridge Oats and follow instructions:

i.e. 1 cup of porridge oats to 1.5 cups of milk. Microwave for 4 minutes, except I microwave for 5 minutes, 4 doesn't get it hot enough for my liking. Sometimes I add some apple slices for added taste and bite. I tried banana slices once but found it all a bit too sickly.

Posted by coffdrop on 27 January, 2005 at 2:25 PM