I've been reading about a temporary cafe that has popped-up in London, dedicated to serving posh porridge. For once, I feel that I am ahead of a trend as the oatmeal I prepare every morning would pass muster on any la-di-da breakfast menu. The following recipe will make my Scottish - oats, salt and water, nothing else - porridge eating friends shout at the screen.
I prefer the rolled oats I buy in Turkey to the UK ones as they are less processed and don't turn stodgy when boiled. My porridge starts with oats and water and then I add:
A handful of sunflower seeds - an excellent source of fatty acids, minerals, amino acids and vitamins, especially Vitamin E and B and folic acid
A sprinkle of dried cranberries - these bright red berries seem to prevent bacteria attachment in the urinary tract and may hinder the helicobacter pylori bacteria attaching itself to the stomach lining and so help prevent stomach ulcers.
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon - curbs insulin spikes, improves brain function and tastes great.
A date or two - if I fancy a sweet breakfast.
3 or 4 walnuts - a powerful antioxidant and supporter of healthy cholesterol levels
Once it is all boiled up together and in a bowl, on top goes:
A tablespoon of ground linseeds, a teaspoon of bee pollen and a cup of kefir, just in case my bowel needs regulating (linseed), my immune or respiratory systems are a bit challenged (bee pollen), or my gut needs some pro-biotic help (kefir). I should make my own kefir (fermented milk) at home to get the best mix of pro-biotics, but I'm lazy so I just buy a ready made one.
This might sound like a decent into hypochondria, but it tastes great if it keeps my Turkish Lira out of the hands of the pharmaceutical giants who'd prefer me to pop pills, I'm happy to keep eating my posh porridge.