By Marissa Hermer
In my childhood home, my mother did most of the cooking, but my father had a few special dishes. During wet winter mornings, he would more often than not be at the stove preparing our morning porridge.
I remember watching him add handfuls of raisins and chopped apples to the pot, sweetening the boiling water and adding a healthy kick, before adding the oats. I now make my family’s porridge the same way. Ahead of busy days, I even like to make an enormous batch on a Monday and pour the finished mixture into a loaf pan. Once it has cooled to room temperature, I pop the pan into the fridge, and for the rest of the week, I cut slices of the porridge loaf and simply heat them up for breakfast. It couldn’t be faster or easier.
For a Friday treat, I might even sprinkle on top some crushed Mavericks Snacks Coconutter Smart Cookies for an extra protein and fibre kick. These are great to throw in your kids’ lunchbox too if you’re in need of an additional healthy snack and if your little ones don’t like coconut, they could try the Super Strawb or Chocomatic Smart Cookies instead.
Dad’s Porridge (with a top of Mavericks for our little mavericks)
1.5 cups milk
1.5 cups water
pinch of salt
1 apple, chopped
0.5 cup raisins
2 cups organic gluten-free porridge oats
handful of seeds (chia seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds work well)
1 cup milk, to serve
0.5 tablespoon Greek yoghurt, to serve
2 tablespoons honey, to serve
Mavericks Snacks Coconutter Smart Cookies
In a saucepan, combine the milk, water, and salt over high heat. Add the apple and raisins, bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the oats, stirring to combine. Reduce the heat, simmering gently for 4 minutes. Stir slowly until the oats reach a nice consistency. Add more milk if you prefer to have the oats a bit softer. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
To serve, pour into bowls, topping each serving with some of the milk, yoghurt, a sprinkling of the seeds and Mavericks Coconutter Smart Cookies.
Taken from my cookbook: An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a Californian Expat.