Porridge was my worst nightmare growing up. I remember mum pretending to sprinkle extra sugar on it in an attempt to make us eat it. When I left home. I decided that was it, I would never need to go near the stuff again. I was in control of my own breakfast!
Funnily enough it was studying the personification of porridge in Cold Comfort Farm at A-level that made me think I should give it another go. And mark my words, the book does no favours for porridge, it’s the symbol of the sexual tension between mother and son in a hilarious parody of DH Lawrence.
Ever since it has been on my breakfast list. Rarely without a good make over, its true, but thats just it. Porridge is boring. Especially made with salt and water like I do (I don’t use enough milk to keep it in the house). But add a cardomon pod, some cinnamon, a bit of ginger and you’ve got chai porridge! Or desiccated coconut and some slices of mango – tropical porridge! Who would have thought? Today I was a. It naughty and had banana, cinnamon and a spoonful of chocolate ganache left over from a cake. Still ten times healthier than cocopos though!
A light yeast leavened bun filled with jam and cream. Almost like a healthier version of a doughnut. No deep frying and only a little sugar to activate the yeast, besides the jam of course.
These buns are fairly straight forward to make and look pretty professional with pipped cream, I made them as a treat for breakfast when a friend of mine came to visit. We filled them with her mums delicious homemade hedgerow jelly, alghough Paul calls for strawberry jam.
It is said G makes the best arepas in his whole family. Now, I’ve only ever tasted his, but I believe it because they are delicious! Arepas are a staple part of Colombian gastronomy, like our bread here. You could probably classify them as a flat bread made from maize. They eat them for breakfast and/or dinner with whatever you have to hand or like. Again, like bread. G likes his with fried eggs, my aunty likes hers with avocado and cheese. I have been nagging G to teach me to make them for sometime and this weekend he did!
Here is another super simple dessert which, unlike the chocolate fondant, is guilt free! In fact I had this for breakfast yesterday without even a trace of ‘I shouldn’t be eating dessert for breakfast‘.
Believe it or not, I do try to be healthy but I love to indulge too, everything in moderation right? But if you can make something thats healthy and tastes like a naughty treat then your winning!
Especially if you can have it for breakfast too.