We’ve been having a really weird Fall this year – or as one would more likely say here in England, the autumn weather has been rather unusual, hasn’t it? One minute it’s as warm and humid as an April day, and the next it’s as clear and crisp as Fall in New England. And somewhere in between the rain and wind kicks in while the temperature drops, and we’re right back where we should be – weather wise, that is – for early December.
For me at any rate, this which-way-is-up attitude makes mornings in general and breakfasts in particular rather difficult. What’s it like outside? What should I wear today? And whatever am I going to feel like for breakfast?
My standard, one-size-fits-all answer is my really hot recipe for a chilly morning: Thermomix porridge. It’s so fast and easy even a child could make it, so it’s a good one to teach your kids! And so much healthier than out-of-the-box dry cereals with their added salt and sugar. Also, according to Channel 4’s The Food Hospital, whole oats such as porridge oats are a good source of soluble dietary fibre that can help reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood.
With Thermomix porridge you have total control of what you put into your body, plus you get the added bonus of having Thermomix make it for you while you’re getting ready!
Here’s how I do it: I go down to the kitchen and make a cup of tea. While my tea is steeping, I weigh my ingredients into my Thermomix bowl. There are only three basic ingredients so I can almost do it in my sleep, which is usually the case when I’m not awake yet When my tea is ready, I turn the Thermomix on to cook and stir my porridge, grab my tea and run upstairs to take a shower. And bingo! I get out of the shower just in time to hear my trusty Thermomix sing to me that my breakfast is ready. Now that’s what I call timing!
Recipe from Fast and Easy Cooking, the 300-recipe cookbook included with every Thermomix TM31 purchased from UK Thermomix. Serves one but quantities easily multiplied for more servings. Cook same timings for up to 3 servings; adjust timings slightly for more servings.
30 g porridge oats, per person
180 g water or milk or a mixture of water and milk, per person
¼ tsp salt, per person
optional: your choice of topping such as raisins or sultanas; brown sugar; maple syrup; milk; cream; etc.
- Place first three ingredients in Thermomix bowl and cook 100° C/6 minutes/Speed Spoon/Reverse Blade Direction. Note: to have that extra minute to take a proper shower, I cook 90° C/7 minutes/Speed Spoon/Reverse Blade Direction. Serve plain or with the topping of your choice.
In her best-selling book, Changing Habits, Changing Lives (Penguin Books Australia, May 2000), Australian nutritionist and Thermomix aficionado Cyndi O’Meara offers up her New Age Porridge to start the day right. Cyndi adds currants, grated apple and chopped banana to a water-based porridge and serves with syrup or honey, or roasted seeds and yoghurt.
Whichever way you serve it, Thermomix porridge has got to be the simplest, fastest and easiest way to fuel your body with something warm, delicious and good for you!
Bon appétit !