What’s your ideal breakfast? Mine starts like this:
Neugh-neugh-neugh! What’s for breakfast, Mummy? Neugh-neugh-neugh! Can I help?
Look, Mummy, there are some nice apples in the fruit basket, can we have some of those? Yes, that one looks yummy, can I have a sample? Oh yes, this is nice, we’ll use this one. And how about that other one? No, not that one, the one next to it! Can Jerry have a sample? Yum! We’ll have this one as well.
Come on, Mummy, hurry up chopping those apples! Yay! Jerry can now sample all those apple pieces! No, Mummy, you can’t have them, I haven’t tried them all yet!!! Oh, humans – they don’t realise a little birdie has to sample every piece of fruit that’s placed in front of him…..
And what else? An orange, perhaps? Can I peel it, can I peel it, can I peel it? Oh, no, Mummy is going to grate it L But I can still have a taste, right? Yummy…
Oh, and I’ll have some of those rolled oats and barley too, please! I love rolled grains 🙂
As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, we are making porridge and at the moment this is my absolute favourite breakfast! Even Daddy, who used to think that porridge was rather boring, seems to enjoy this one. It’s the perfect comfort breakfast for a lazy winter morning, when a baby parrot is allowed to run around the benchtop to his heart’s content, taking one bite of apple here, one bite of orange there, munch on some rolled grains and even stumble across some chopped nuts too if he’s lucky….
We also love this porridge because it’s rather versatile – you can use any combination of your favourite fruit, mix in some fresh or frozen berries or even dried fruit, spices and nuts. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could also experiment with different types of rolled grains, though you may find that the overall texture will change depending on the grains used. Best of all, if you’re trying to limit your saturated fat intake, you really don’t need to use heavy cream for this, as the combination of milk and spices will give a really satisfying result.
So here it is
Jerry’s Mixed Grain Apple and Berry Porridge
2 cups rolled grains (we used 1 cup rolled oats and 1 cup rolled barley)
1/2 cup water
Juice of one orange
3 cups milk
4 apples, cored and diced
300g mixed frozen berries, thawed overnight in the fridge (use fresh if they are in season)
Handful of chopped dates, figs, sultanas, etc
Grated zest of one orange and half a lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
Handful chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts (optional)
Maple syrup, to drizzle (optional)
To make the stewed fruit, placed the diced apples, 1 tbsp orange juice and half the grated zest in a small saucepan over moderate heat. Cover and let simmer for a few minutes. When the apples start to soften, mix in the berries and dried fruit. Cover and simmer for another 1 – 2 minutes. The mixture might become sticky, so be sure to check and stir if needed. Continue simmering until the fruit has reached your desired consistency, then remove from heat, set aside and cover to keep warm.
In a separate saucepan, pour the water and remaining orange juice, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium, mix in spices and grains and stir well. Gradually add approximately 1 cup milk and stir until this is absorbed. Continue adding ½ cup milk at a time, stirring well to prevent the grains from sticking, until the porridge has reached your desired consistency. Texture will vary depending on the type of grains used and you may also need to vary the liquid quantity accordingly. Mix in the chopped nuts, if using, then ladle into bowls and top with the stewed fruit. Drizzle with maple syrup.
Enjoy with your Mummy on a lazy weekend morning