Sunday, 30 March 2014

Porridge – This Time it’s Personal

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Goldilocks had it easy.

When she broke into that country cottage back in the day to have a wee sit on the three bears’ chairs and sample a spoonful of their cooked oats, she need merely decide whether she preferred the porridge that was too hot, too cold or juuuuuust right.

 If the thieving blonde was around today, her head would probably explode at the variation available.
There wasn’t any honey, compote, raisins, or golden syrup to flavour it with. 

She didn’t have to choose from whole oats, rolled oats or oats that had been soaked overnight. She had no worry about whether to make it with skimmed, semi or full fat milk – or if she was really being stingy with herself, tap water.... yuuuumm.

Then there’s the question to salt or not to salt.

However do we manage to get through each day? It’s a minefield! Sort of....

Almost a third of British people eat porridge every day. That’s 21 million bowls of porridge being consumed each morning. If we think the standard porridge serving is about a mug full, the equivalent of 1,890 Olympic swimming pools full of porridge oats are being gobbled up by us Brits every day of the week.

That’s a lot! Can you buy shares in Scot’s Porridge Oats? Hearty food for thought.

It’s hardly surprising.  Porridge is a fantastic start to the day as it is full of protein, low in carbs, keeps you full until lunch and  can be customised within an inch of its life so keeps everyone happy.

I personally have eaten porridge almost every day for the past 3 years – only skipping my hearty breakfast for a poached egg on rye.

The nation’s love of porridge has even spawned a world porridge making competition The Golden Spurtle. Last year’s winner was John Boa from Skye, in case you were wondering.

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So today, whilst eating my steaming bowl of whole rolled oats, cooked in the microwave with skimmed milk and garnished with blueberries and strawberries I wondered... what does your porridge say about you?

Here’s a little flow chart based on no science or research whatsoever.


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