This and that: I Don't Like Porridge!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I Don't Like Porridge!

Anyone that knows me well, knows that I won't touch porridge with a ten foot pole.... Yes, I call it porridge and not oatmeal or hot cereal.  Porridge is all of the hot cereals... oatmeal, cream of wheat or sunny boy. YUCK! I cringe even writing them down who could eat those lumps smothered in milk.  Not me that is for sure but maybe the reason that I don't like oatmeal is because it was made for dad when he went to work and I think he left even before the cows needed milking... and the pot usually stayed on the stove until the rest of us got up and it was LUMPY! Cream of wheat was the same story and Sunny Boy... who could eat something that was brown and had mouse droppings in it... Well that is what it looked like to me (and sorry if I offended anyone).   So, I learnt to sleep in and jump out of bed just in time to get ready and head of to school with my mom saying... You should eat your porridge it will stick to your bones.  Anyone looking at me knows that porridge wasn't the only thing that stuck to my bones.

I do eat breakfast now as I know that it is important for a person but I still won't eat porridge.  I do make it once in awhile for my husband but I can't eat it.  I have seen many recipes for baked oatmeal and this past week I decided to try and to my surprise I liked it.... Funny thing, though my husband wasn't to keen on it, he thought that it should be crunch... HIM, who loves his porridge smothered in evaporated milk and condensed milk, thought it wasn't crunchy enough.  I found this recipe from At Home In The Kitchen and decided to try it... YUM! So good and tasty and good for you too.

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce and Peaches
adapted from At Home In The Kitchen

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted) or margarine
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, add brown sugar, butter and eggs, mix thoroughly.  Add milk, baking powered, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, mix well.  Add oatmeal and dried cranberries.  Pour in parchment-lined or greased 9 x 9 pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven until golden brown and firm to the touch.  Serve with fruit.

For the blueberry sauce, I placed blueberries (didn't measure ~ approx 1/2 cup) in sauce pan with small amount of water (again didn't measure ~ approximately 1 tsp).  Bring to a boil until thickening.  Thicken with 1 tsp corn starch if needed.  You could also add sugar to taste ~ I didn't add any as they were sweet enough.

I served mine with slices of peaches and the blueberry sauce. 

 The leftover I cut up in bars for a later date or even for a quick breakfast on the run.

til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys


  1. I love porridge but this looks delicious too! My dad is British so we've always called it porridge not oatmeal. What I didn't know was that porridge included all hot cereals. Thanks for the early morning education and the recipe! :)

    1. Karin, maybe I should have said that it is all the porridge but we called all hot cereal porridge at home and my husband calls one of the meals we eat corn porridge... although I do like that.

  2. These bars look delicious! But I do LOVE porridge: oatmeal, cream of wheat, malt-o-meal etc... All of it, especially with a bit of milk. ;-)

    1. This is the way I will be eating porridge from now on...

  3. I love hot oatmeal! This recipe looks really good also! Something great and easy to pack for my hubby for his breakfast since he leaves so early to do PT with the cadets. Thanks!

  4. Wow, Marlys... it does look delish and I will have to try your additions to my recipe.
    Your pictures are beautifull! I understand if your husband who like porridge did not like the transition ... they are totally different tasting. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Thanks Judy and also thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Hello Marlys, now these breakfast bars look delicious. I love Scottish porridge on a winter's morning as it really does warm you up, but I prefer mine made with milk and sprinkled with brown sugar, not the water and salt mixture! Best Wishes Daphne

  6. Love the idea for a homemade breakfast bars! These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  7. I've not yet made baked oatmeal but you've encouraged me to give it a try. The breakfast bars are a very smart idea too. Thanks for sharing this.


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