World Porridge Day banishes lurgy

October 10, 2018 7:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s World Porridge Day today – have you got your spurtle ready? In these misty, moisty autumnal days, when everyone in your family is sniffling damply about the house, it’s porridge you need, to banish the lurgy, to boost your spirits and to brighten the dark mornings.

 

You can eat porridge every day of course – and with a bit of imagination, an internet connection and a steady supply of ingredients from Naturally Good Food, you can eat a different type of porridge every day too. But World Porridge Day is a special day, because, well, it’s not all about you! It’s actually an international event, run from a tin hut in the Highlands of Scotland, that aims to raise money for a particular charity: Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals was set up to provide children, worldwide, with one nutritious meal a day. It gives a daily mug of vitamin-enriched maize porridge to schoolchildren in Malawi, Liberia and Zambia, to alleviate chronic hunger. You can read all about it here and also donate – perhaps the cost of one of your own daily bowls of porridge?

Let’s take a closer look at porridge

On this special day, let’s take a closer look at porridge: that amazing, life-enhancing (and life-changing), cheap, nutritious meal.

Porridge Oats

Porridge is traditionally made from porridge oats in England (in Scotland, home of the spurtle, it’s often made from the thicker, slower-cooking oatmeal). Some people prefer the chunkier jumbo oats to porridge oats, while those with plenty of time on their hands (and all their own teeth) might well plump for oat groats. You might even like to try Rude Health’s sprouted porridge oats, which the company reckons are the healthiest and most delicious on the market. Whichever you choose, oats make a great option. They’re rich in fibre, boast an array of vitamins and minerals and are packed with antioxidants. If you choose properly, a bowl of oaty porridge should keep you nicely full and bursting with energy all morning.

But not all oats are equal. Heavily processed oats – particularly those sad little sachets of 5-minute oats – are so ground down as to have lost all their long-lasting fibrous goodness. They might taste like porridge, but you’ll be hungry again an hour later.

For proper, thick, autumn-busting porridge, you need proper, thick oats. At Naturally Good Food we sell organic and non-organic British oats, in sizes ranging from 1kg packs to bulk 25kg sacks. These are the real deal: they absorb liquid beautifully, but retain a satisfying bite, giving you a creamy, energising porridge. Our organic oats probably have the edge. They’re beautifully soft to the touch and delightfully ‘milky’, even without the addition of dairy milk. We sell organic gluten-free porridge and jumbo oats, too.

Let’s go wild

But what if you’re not a fan of oats, or have had yours already this morning? Well, we sell a great many porridge alternatives at Naturally Good Food. How about porridge made from quinoa grain, buckwheat or brown rice flakes? What about a multigrain porridge? Or porridge made from a liquid-absorbing seed, such as chia?

Milk – or water? Or whisky?

Having selected your grain, the next choice to make is the liquid. Will you make up your porridge with water, with dairy milk, or with one of the many non-dairy milks we have in stock? Almond milk, rice milk, oat milk (naturally) and coconut milk are some of the most popular porridge milks. And for all-out luxury, there’s always the Scots 5-star-hotel way, with cream and whisky: strong enough to send you into battle against perfidious enemies.

Sweet or salty?

If you like your porridge sweet, then we’ve got a wonderful range of unrefined sugars (including fantastically treacly-caramel brown sugars). Syrups work well in porridge too – how about some agave nectar, date syrup or maple syrup?

For a savoury porridge, we’d suggest a sprinkling of Cornish seaweed salt, Himalayan rose pink rock salt or any of our other salts. Sweet or savoury, don’t forget that a dash of cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg (or any of our other organic herbs and spices) can take your bowl to the next level.

To top it off…

Dried fruit, nuts and seeds make amazing toppings for porridge. We’re also fond of nut butter, or dark chocolate as an addition, slowly melting away into the oats.

It’s not all about you

Porridge is good for your health, your spirit and your wallet. It’s great to know that it can also do good in other ways. This World Porridge Day, as well as making a delicious difference to your own diet, we’d urge you to donate to Mary’s Meals, to make a difference to the life of a child in a developing country.

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