In Finland, we eat a lot of oatmeal porridge. That’s what I ate for breakfast almost every morning when I was a child. Though, it is generally quite restricted what goes with your porridge here: usually, it is something like a jam or soup made of berries, some milk or cinnamon and sugar and perhaps a bit of butter or margarine. So I guess that’s why I was so delighted when Damien once fed me this Japanese – tasting porridge in Brisbane Australia…
Japanese porridge,1 portion
2 dl water
1 dl oatflakes
pinch of salt
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
spring onions, chopped
1 tsp miso paste
First I cook the porridge in quite the usual way, boil the water with a pinch of salt, and add the oats, except that I also add the grated ginger to the water. Then I cook the porridge until it’s ready, and serve it with miso paste and chopped spring onions, and have some green tea as beverage to go with it. This time I had white rice miso, and it was really delicious, but also barley miso is good. Ohaiyoo gozaimastanee!
1 dried apricot
½ tsp cinnamon
1 dl red currants, frozen
1 ½ dl soy or oat milk (if you live in the North, make it oat for a better world)
I try to remember to put the almonds and the apricot to soak Friday night. This is very challenging for me, but sometimes I get it done. Saturday morning, I peel and chop the apple, and blend in all the ingredients with a hand held mixer. This smoothie is very thick, but I really like that consistency and usually eat it with a spoon.
Then I put on some chilled music, this time it was Emma Salokoski Ensemble, and enjoy my smoothie to it. This is the best way to celebrate the fact that I didn’t have to wake up at six a.m. like on weekdays!