This morning I was in a mood for something new, something I’ve not done before that would excite my taste buds. For those of you who haven’t had the privilege to meet my taste buds they can be very demanding. They want freshness, explosion of flavours and textures and above all they want to feel excited. You get the picture what I have to deal with on daily basis. They are at times not really happy especially when eating out and then I have to promise to them I’ll make them something tasty when we get home.
Anyway I have diverted for a second. So this morning was just one of those days when they were particularly demanding for something new. I looked into my cupboards and fridge and there was not much that would excite them. a basket of sad looking apples that were starting to shrink. I can’t possibly throw them away. And I had visitors too! 2 French boys, and ok they were not my visitors but rather visitors of my french flatmate, but very welcome indeed. One of them entered the kitchen Just as I was looking at the sad apples. The time was ticking as I had to get ready for work but I was in my element. I love entering the kitchen in the morning and pottering around. Not that you could walk very far. You make step and a half and you are at the end of the kitchen! I chopped the apples, cucumber and carrots and started making juice. ‘Would you like some tea?’, I ask. ‘Oh no, thank you.’ ‘Fresh juice?’ ‘No thank you, that’s too healhty.’ I smile, I like situations like this. I go about my business make the juice, take a sip and…..it’s delicious. My face lights up with each sip. Mmmmm….I see curiosity starts filling his face. ‘Would you like to try?’ I test the waters once more. ‘Maybe a little.’ I pour a full glass and toast to our ‘health’, literally. ‘This is actually really good!’ I smile from ear to ear and nod once or twice…..oh yes, story of my life….Before you knew it second glass of juice disappears! I’m as happy as Larry. There is a hope to include some more colour and freshness of greens and fruits into Dominic’s world. The rest of the morning is a history….
INGREDIENTS (1 big portion or 2 smaller portions)
2 apples (decored chopped into small pieces; leave the skin on for extra delicious fiber)
2 strawberries (optional for decoration and to add fresh bite to the porridge)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 date (take out the stone and cut into small pieces)
1 cup of oats
1 1/2 cup of water (approx – some for the apple and some for the porridge)
pinch of salt (I’m a fan of Himalayan salt for the beautiful mineral content)
In one pot place your chopped apples with cinnamon and date and enough water to cover the apples and simmer on low heat with a lid on until the apples soften up and start releasing aroma of cooked apple and cinnamon. This will be your compote. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
In a separate pot boil cup of water, add oats and stir them with a wooden spoon to release creaminess. Porridge will be ready in about 3-5 minutes. Tip – if the porridge gets too dry add a bit more water. Add 1 tsp of coconut butter and stir it on just before serving to make your porridge even more creamy. Mmm I just had a thought, you could try adding 1 tsp of nut butter such as almond butter into your porridge instead. I dare you to try it, I will too and let you know!
Serve your porridge in a beautiful handcrafted bowl, spoon out apple compote on top and you are in for a warm comforting treat. You could chop a strawberry and decorate your porridge for additional eye candy and fresh berry kick to your morning.