All posts tagged: oatmeal

Marzipan Date Porridge

This year – for the first time in my life – I hosted Christmas at my flat. On Christmas Eve Eve, four pints deep with my best friend, it suddenly hit me that I hadn’t got in the ingredients to make marzipan dates for my Mum (her favourite, and therefore a festive essential). Cue my insisting that we leave the pub immediately to get to the supermarket before it closed and rectify my fatal mistake. After all that, it will surprise nobody to learn that on Christmas Day I was on the prosecco from the very moment I woke up and neglected to remember that marzipan and medjool dates were awaiting my attention in the kitchen drawer. Daughter of the year. There they both sat, where I rediscovered them last month and added them to my breakfast. Once again my defective personality has led me to something delicious. The universe works in mysterious ways. Notes on serving: all porridge is, for me, at the moment, incomplete without the addition of toasted nuts and natural yoghurt. …

Vegan Carrot Cake Porridge

Vegan Carrot Cake Porridge

OK so I’m finally really, really, for realsies embracing autumn now. I’ve put fairylights next to the fridge. There are little ornamental pumpkins sat by the window behind the stove. We watched both The Deathly Hallows Pt 1 and The Deathly Hallows Pt 2 on the trot last night. The next logical step? Cake for breakfast. Yes, if we’re going to be inside and damp and miserable, we might as well just constantly treat ourselves. That’s the way this season goes. Never ending self indulgence to make up for how sodding dark it is. In my defence, this porridge isn’t even really that cakey. I’ve not added sugar – apart from the sultanas and mixed peel – and I’m sure it’s probably a relatively sensible first meal, what with the chopped nuts and the oats that’ll slowly release energy throughout the day. I mean I won’t look into its nutritional value too keenly for fear of disappointment, but there are certainly less healthy starts to the day than this. This recipe is coming at you …