Thursday, January 3, 2008

Breakfast with energy!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. What we eat then will give us energy through half of the work or school day. Traditionally we eat whole wheat bread/four grain bread with butter, cheese, jam, honey or thin slices of meat. Our girls have their own favorite though, porridge made on oatmeal grains and water. Simple, cheap and filled with energy. I don't make the porridge every day, so for them it feels like a treat when I do.

Outmeal porridge/havregrynsgrøt
water (about 2dl per person)
oatmeal - I never measure, just throw handfulls into the water and as soon as it boils I know if I have used enough. If not I just add some more.
Boil for a few minutes. Add just a little salt.
Eat with sugar, raisins, and if you want with a slash of butter and some cinnamon. My glass is often filled with milk, or for treats - homemade juice

19 comments:

Agnes said...

So your children love porridge, Britt-Arnhild! In North America most children think it's duty-food. This reminds me of a funny story my aunt Margie used to tell about her childhood. Like your family, she and her brothers and sisters actually liked porridge, and one morning they were disappointed to find that their mother had run out of oatmeal. They did get something else for breakfast, and my grandmother consoled them by promising to make porridge for supper. When evening came, my aunt stood in the doorway and loudly shouted to the other children, "Supper's ready! Come quick! We're having PORRIDGE!" This was during the Great Depression, when many people didn't have enough to eat. My grandmother fervently hoped the whole neighbourhood didn't get the impression that her family had only porridge to eat, and that the children were ecstatic to get even that.

Pene said...

I make porridge for my youngest son on school mornings - the very easy way. Put 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oatmeal flakes in a bowl, pour hot boiling water over it until just covered & then microwave the bowl for 2.5 minutes on medium-high setting. If you cook on it on 'high' it can boil over & make a mess. Then pour on milk & brown sugar which we like. So easy the kids can do it themselves & no messy saucepan to wash up after.

Terri said...

I have had oatmeal for breakfast the last two mornings. I add some milk and honey to mine. I pass on adding fruit to it. I had this a lot when I was kid during the winter as my boys did.

risa said...

i love food blogs! i'm glad you started this one! i look forward to reading it often.

ULLA said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW BLOG! I used to eat porridge everyday, but got tired of it. Just last week I tried it again, this time with dried currents in it - wonderful! somethings are always good, and this is such a comfort food as well!

Sheila said...

I like this too...and when my children were small, it was their favourite winter breakfast before school.

Jill said...

When I was little my Mom had a hot breakfast for me every day. Porridge was my favorite...although she used Creme of Rice.....
Love this blog....I am not a cook, so I will visit here often.
Thank you!

Jill said...

When I was little my Mom had a hot breakfast for me every day. Porridge was my favorite...although she used Creme of Rice.....
Love this blog....I am not a cook, so I will visit here often.
Thank you!

Star said...

I got tired of eating oatmeal for breakfast but you have revived my taste buds. Cinnamon is a must and on occasion I throw in a few raisins.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Agnes - thanks for this story. Reminds me a little of a "Mom I don't like fish" story I posted at my House in the Woods during Christmas :-)

Pene - The Blue Café don't have a Micro Oven, so I have to do it the old fashioned way.

Terri, I also love to sweeten my oat porridge with honey. I always collect honey when I travel, and have a nice collection.

Thanks Rise, you are always welcome.

ULLA, do you dry your currents yourself? we have alot in the garden, but I've never dried it. We make jam or juice.

Sheila - good energy for children.

Creme of Rice Jill, it might be what we call rice porridge. That's what we eat for Saturday lunsg. A food blog will follow on this later.

Star, I also love mine with cinnamon.

Renee said...

Yum, i love porridge, i am going to try your recipe. Love your food blog. Renee xx

linda t said...

Loving your FOOD BLOG Britt!!!
Good for you... you are soooo good!

Brin said...

Oh my goodness! I had to come see for myself. Coincidence, for sure! Oatmeal/porridge, icy storms, books... maybe we're long, long lost sisters or cousins or something!

And... how about this? My house, Freeman House, was named for a woman named Marie Freeman who used to own and run a cafe... called THE BLUE CAFE (later changed to Blue Moon Cafe)... in our little downtown here in Texas, USA. It's closed now, but the signage is still in Freeman House. I think I have chills. ;D

I LOVE your new food blog! Congrats on trying a brave, fun new thing! Being from a different part of the world, I find it so interesting to read recipes and food habits of other folks. (And look at y'alls yummy pictures!)

Keep up the delicious work! I'll be reading...

Your long-lost American cousin,
Brin

Cris said...

It looks soo good, I like your colorful bowl!

see you there! said...

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts. Have you ever tried cooking it in milk instead of water? Yum!

Actually I like all the hot cereals. I never liked cold cereal even as a kid.

Darla

Ardi said...

We like oatmeal, Britt-Arnhild. And at Christmas, using a translation by a Norwegian friend, I made rommegrot. Phil wasn't crazy about it - I thought it was nice (the cinnamon and butter on it helped there) and would make a good food if we were sick. My Dad used to make oatmeal for us when we were kids. He wouldn't let us go skiing without it. It does stay with you through a morning of activity, doesn't it?

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

My husband loves porridge! My oldest son does, too. In fact, it was the only thing I could get him to eat when he was a toddler.

Paz said...

When I was younger, I didn't care to have breakfast but as an adult I realize the importance and make sure to have breakfast before leaving the house. I think porridge is a great breakfast to eat, especially in the winter time.

Paz ;-)

UP said...

I like oatmeal for breakfast also. I also like multi-grain bread with cheese and lunch meat. In the spring I like to make my "Dad's Famous Granola." This past year our church created a cookbook which is sold and the money made goes to a mission in Honduras. I like it in the summer because it isn't a hot cereal during the hot weather.