Like many foods that now warm my life, Porridge and I have had a torrid past. I hated it! I literally, couldn’t even stand the smell of oatmeal without gagging. I know many people still have a challenge due to the goopy, papier mache like consistency, but this is a food that I have come love with all my heart.
When I speak of my dislike for hot cereal, I am not talking about a mild dislike. As a child at Summer camp, we would be sent out on week long camping trips with oatmeal as the only option for breakfast. Because I couldn’t even gag down the hot goopy cereal, I would actually munch and suck on the packets of dry oatmeal. I always called dibs on the apple cinnamon flavour so that at least I would get a few morsels of dehydrated apple.
The strangest thing happened to me though about two years ago when I was living in LA. I woke up to a think layer of fog along the beach and cool Winter wind had blown and I had an intense craving for a big steamy bowl of goopy cereal. I went to the store, picked up a packet of “Rice and Shine” and my hot cereal love affair progressed from there. I took to quinoa porridge, millet porridge, brown rice porridge and just last week had my very first bowl of oatmeal.
My goodness was it just what the doctor ordered. Grounding, warming, soothing and oats actually help feed and nourish the nervous system. This actually is the ultimate way to start a cool winter day. You will be full of energy the whole morning through and it actually makes a very sweet, soothing dinner at the end of a long day, when you can’t be bothered to do anything else.Print