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Ummm…Porridge

03 Dec

I need to learn how to make this stuff. Every time I am in London for a day or two, I try to eat the porridge here. Pret a Manger makes some really good stuff. On the back of their little cardboard containers they have this printed: “Porridge is a surprisingly tricky dish to perfect (it’s taken us years to get ours right). Stirring is good. Boiling is bad. Slowly, slowly simmering is the key. You just can’t rush a good porridge. So we don’t.”

But I bet they use a giant Thermomix or something…

Anyway, hopefully the porridge keeps me happy throughout the day’s workshop. πŸ™‚

Porridge from Pret A Manger - favorite English breakfast

Porridge from Pret A Manger – favorite English breakfast

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Avoiding Junk Food, London

 

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2 responses to “Ummm…Porridge

  1. James

    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hello. I am a Londoner who eats Pret porridge most mornings at my office desk. My Scottish blood makes me a porridge expert. I found your blog only because I googled the utter rubbish Pret print on the cup, just to see if anyone else objected to this total bull. They are really just trying to 1) put you off buying INSTANT porridge which you add BOILING water to and 2)stop you making it yourself at home, very easily and cheaply, in 5 minutes. My recipe for delicious home made porridge is 1)buy any porridge oats 2)put one cup of oats in a pan 3)add 2.5 or 3 (max!) cups of cold water 4)boil up as fast as you can 5) once boiling, turn to low and simmer for three to five minutes. Stir if you feel like it at the end. Who cares? In fact by NOT stirring, it sticks to the bottom slightly without burning, giving a nice toasty aroma and some dry crusty bits to scrape off as a special treat. Pour your porridge in a bowl, sprinkle top with a pinch of salt, sprinkle on a heaped teaspoon of brown or black sugar, then splosh on a little milk. The porridge cools slightly and the milk makes a little moat around it. “A surprisingly simple dish to perfect. It takes minutes to get right. You CAN rush a good porridge. So we do”.

     
    • diginibble

      September 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Hi James. Thanks for the visit and the comment. πŸ™‚ A quick question to you…*if* porridge is so easy and fast and cheap to make at home….why are you eating Pret porridge most mornings at your office desk? Maybe just to save you the washing up during the week. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, thank you also for the directions on how to recreate the wonder-breakfast. I will certainly try it out, as I don’t live in London and only get to eat Pret porridge when I am there for work occasionally. Greetings from a porridge-cooking-wannabe.

       

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