Porridge pronto

Hands up who’s been suckered in buying those little pots of instant porridge at a rediculous price?? (Sheepishly looking round to see who else has 😉) 

Yes we’ve all done it, we’ve all been tricked into thinking that they must do something special to those oats to make them instant porridge, but guess what, they’re just normal oats in those pots and I’ve got the solution for you to keep those costs down and still get a healthy breakfast on the go. 

Those little pots normally contain around 50g or so and they contain just plain old oats, not special oats, just oats with milk powder and sugar. One of those pots cost on average £1 depending on which one you go for, but you can buy 1kg of oats for around £1.20, that’s 20portions of porridge for 20p more than you’ll pay for 1 pot. Seems like a no brainier to me. “But I’m short on time in the morning and the pots are quick” ok, fair enough, it’s a convenience thing, I get that, just take the lid off and pour in the hot water, what could be easier? Well, not a lot, I’m not saying this is without a little effort (when I say a little, I really do mean teeny weeny anounts of effort) but it could save you a bit of money. Let’s do some maths, let’s say you’re eating pots of porridge 3times a week, 52 weeks of the year, that comes to £156 a year on porridge (eeeeek) based on that, let’s work out how much my alternative would cost.  Going on prices from the Sainsburys website and sticking to my recipe (I’ll share in a minute) just a plain porridge, 55g portion would cost around 13p per portion, that’s a total of £20.28 a year, a saving of £135.72 a year!!! That’s huge!! Like I said, that is just a plain porridge, you can of course customise it however you like, don’t want to use sugar? Stick a blob of honey in, throw some dried fruit in you dry mix, there are loads of dried fruit mixes you can get to make this the best start to you’re day. 

Here’s my recipe, you’ll want:

  • 40g porridge oats
  • 5g sugar
  • 10g milk powder

Basically mix all 3 together in your desired container, this could be a plastic tub,  travel mug if your on the go etc but make sure it’s big enough for you to add water to. Here is where you want to all your dried fruit etc. Pour over about 160ml of water, stir and leave to stand for 3-5 mins. Give it another stir, everyone likes they’re porridge different, 160 ml of hot water should give you a middling porridge consistency, not too thick, not too thin (yeah, alright goldilocks) if you find its too thick, add more water, if it’s too thin for your tastes, add less. There’s a bit of trial and error involved here. Now you’ll be wanting to add your honey, or golden syrup, jam, chocolate spread (my fave) etc and enjoy!!! 
Rather than making it up every day you could make up a whole batch of the dry mix and use as needed, for your 1kg bag of oats add 125g of sugar and 250g of milk powder, store in an airtight container and measure out straight into your desired container ready for the morning. Give it a go and see what you think, let me know how it goes 😀 xxx

Tuesday night extravaganza! 

I came to my normal menu planning and we all know what it’s like, we get stuck in a rut, always cooking the same dishes and it can get a bit dull. So I thought and I thought and decided to do a Indian spiced whole roast chicken with saag aloo and roasted cauliflower, oh man it was soooo good. It was really easy, I made the chicken up myself and got the other recipes from Pintrest and voila, Indian chicken was made.  

 I used a whole chicken, slashed the meat and marinaded it overnight. For the marinade I used a whole crushed garlic clove, about 2tblsp of a hot curry powder, a little salt, a little oil and water to bind it and massaged it into the bird and left it in the fridge over night. The next day I pre heated the oven to 180 and roasted that bird following the timing on the pack. While it was roasting I made the Cauliflower and the Saag Aloo and we had a dinner fit for a king. 

These were the two sides that I picked but you could make it with any of your favourite Indian sides, maybe a chapatti or two, rice, naan bread etc. it’s totally customisable for your own taste. It doesn’t even have to be Indian, you could do a Mexican style with Cajun spices, some refried beans, guacamole and some Mexican style rice. Happy cooking 😀 xx

Brrrrr, it’s chilly!!

Im really not loving the weather at the mo, what’s with all the rain? So the slow cooker came out yesterday and we had slow cooked jerk chicken with rice and peas and boiled dumplins for the Mr, man it was goooooood!!! Real food, ya know?

  
Tonight we’re having whole roast Indian spiced chicken with Saag Aloo and Roasted Spiced Cauliflower. I’m so looking forward to it, I’m hoping it’s really going to warm us up 😆