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Porridge – a perfect breakfast?

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ElizabethBlogger2017

Porridge. It doesn’t have a very tasty name, does it? It doesn’t have a very tasty reputation either. I’m here to try and convince you that porridge isn’t boring and tasteless, that it can be a delicious, convenient and very healthy way to start the day.

If you’ve never eaten it (although you probably have!), porridge is a type of food served for breakfast. It is usually a type of grain, like maize or oat, mixed with either milk or water, and often heated up. It has a gooey texture – thicker than liquid, but not solid. This porridge base is very easy to digest, so it’s a very good option for people who are ill, and it provides long-lasting energy for the day.

Porridge preparation – the amount of ingredients and cooking time – depends on what you choose to use as your porridge base. If I’m cooking for myself, I put a very big handful of ‘rolled’ oats in a saucepan, add a little bit of water and about 200ml of milk, and let the mixture boil. I stir the porridge constantly, and it takes about five minutes to cook.

Once it’s cooked, the fun part is adding the flavours. Porridge alone doesn’t have a very strong flavour. Although some people think this makes porridge boring, I think this is what makes porridge exciting! It is like a blank piece of paper – you can add almost anything you want to the porridge base. Seeds, nuts and dried fruits are very healthy options to add and can give you energy for the day. But if you don’t like these, or you’re allergic, then syrups and chocolate are also very tasty options. (Just don’t add too much!)

One of the best things about porridge? You can make it almost anywhere in the world. Either oats or maize or both are ‘staple foods’ for many people across the world. You can usually buy big bags of either, then add local ingredients to make your porridge interesting – whatever is cheap and convenient to find, wherever you are. I am currently in Mexico, and I love to heat my oats up with milk, then mix in chia and pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs, and I put a layer of sugar over the top to make my porridge sweeter.

Porridge? Hopefully it sounds a lot tastier now!

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Do you have porridge? What would you add to your porridge breakfast?

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svl 29 November, 2021 - 21:51

I love porridge. I cook with milk and i'm grate an apple and someput cinnamon into it. It's very tasty. Try it definitely. bon appetit :)

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Darkside 6 November, 2021 - 21:09

Porridge is my favourite type of breakfast. I'm absolutely fond of the pudding porridge which is made the same way as normally, but I add some pudding powder to the milk. Then I cook and finally I add some nuts, fruit, chocolate, yogurt, maple syrup and peanut butter (I love it!) I wouldn't be able to eat only oats with milk or water, I always prefer to prepare something more special!

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Ira1321 6 October, 2021 - 20:17

Actually,I don't like really much porridge,but if you know what it is with,then you will really like it.For example,I like porridge with condensed milk with banana,it’s very tasty!Try to do it!

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MishMish 6 September, 2021 - 20:34

Thanks for the article! Lots of nice words.
Well, porridge is a staple food for many countries and many families prefer having this considerably healthy option to cereal that is packed with sugar. Though I know some brands like quick oats that I cannot call healthy just because of that reason.
I usually have oats 2-3 times a week and prefer to boil for a while and add sliced apples and a pinch of cinnamon. Read recently that it's not great to ear it everyday as our intestines cannot digest it thoroughly.

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giacomo6 4 September, 2021 - 10:00

I ate porridge only once but it tasted good, it's not a thing that I will eat every breakfast but it's ok.

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Anonimus 5 July, 2021 - 12:59

The base of the porridge is not very tasty, but it is much better with chocolate or dried apricots.

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Kostantinus 3 April, 2021 - 14:26

Every morning I have some oat porrige. I boil it and add some nuts and dry fruits. That's sweet porrige. Sometimes I eat salt oat porrige with eggs, salt, olive oil and a little sesame. They both taste very well. You can add into your porrige any ingredients. Let's have some porrige tomorrow morning! ))

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emilily 10 January, 2021 - 20:31

so fascinating talking about various combinations for eating porridge. hahah
it's after 2 years when this post came out... I mean it's kinda strange feeling commenting on sth from before 2 yrs. I guess nearly no one's gonna read this comment anyway.
but when it comes to eating this how AMAZING meal in my country... I wouldn't say the Polish eat porridge so often. As most of my foregoers wrote, they preferred it sweet with a grain of syrup, honey, fruits etc. and so did I.

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hermione123 12 January, 2021 - 08:24

so, you feel kinda strange to comment on a post that came out 2 years ago. yes, i feel it too! but, guess what? i read your comment, emilily.

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hermione123 2 January, 2021 - 12:24

In my country there is a dish called chicken porridge. It's a rice porridge with chicken curry. We can add nut if we want.
It tastes very delicious. Usually, we eat it for breakfast.

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sakuracardcaptor 23 March, 2020 - 08:11

Actually, in our country we eat rice porridge. We cook it with chicken, pork or egg. I've never eaten porridge like this.

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mila123 23 March, 2020 - 01:32

The porridge is delicious, i like with fruits and seeds so also with chocolate.
I loved the article and i going to eat porridge more often.
thanks for the article

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Andrii 12 December, 2019 - 19:37

I have porridge at home but i rarely eat it. If I eat porridge, I will add to it some syrup, some sugar and nuts. I think it will be tasty:).

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HappyCat 21 July, 2019 - 12:20

I try that it is delicious with fruit and chocolate.
I actually try it not cooked with hot water and it is very delicious all you have to try.

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yaso 11 July, 2019 - 10:56

i actually didn't try it yet , but it seems interested now , so i will try it and add some fruits to it and it will see .

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Genius_Girl 13 April, 2019 - 23:22

I never tried the porridge as for breakfast and I don't even know how it tastes like. I have heard of the word 'Porridge'. Now I know what Porridge is.

I think that Oats would be the best choice for breakfast.

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DariaKryvoukhova 3 April, 2019 - 16:30

Yes,I like porridge.My favourite is couscous because it has a delicate taste.I often eat it with mixed vegetables,like my parents cook for me.But if you don’t like vegetables,guys,you can eat couscous with some kind of meat or fish))Don’t delay,taste today!!

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cian007 19 March, 2019 - 01:08

yes i have porridge for the breakfast is very delicious i add papaya and any fruits porridge is very healthy
i eat porridge in the breakfast and dinner

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SLMT 24 January, 2019 - 08:21

I love porridge.I started to eat porridge to loose weight.My instructor told me to eat porridge if I want to loose weight healthy.It’s a very healthy diet plan. At first I hate it because of its tasteless.I didn’t know I should add another ingredients.The plane porridge is bland .That’s why I tried to look how should I prepare porridge to have greater taste.Then I found my solutions. I add sliced fresh fruits and raisin.Adding toppings for my porridge is also my favorite part ,as the writer said.The taste will be different depending on ur toppings.Now I have porridge as my breakfast and dinner.I love it even though the name is not cool :D

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Manty 5 January, 2019 - 18:10

This text is very interesting. And now I would like to try to cook tasty porridge for myself. Thank you!)

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KemoF 28 December, 2018 - 13:21

Whenever I'm recovering from illness, I take porridge alone just with some salt.
To be honest, I'm not eager to have oatmeal, because I feel like I'm a toothless infant...
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lxycindy113 23 December, 2018 - 11:36

This passage tell us how to make the porrige more delicious.It' really fun and economic.
After reding I kow that maybe I should improve the way Imade porrige.

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