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[Food] Porridge

Sep 30, 2013
Why bother soaking it overnight? Sheer posturing - and totally unnecessary. Microwave it - it works fine. Salt is optional - yes for me; alternative answers to 'yes' are acceptable if that's how you prefer it.
At the end of the day, oats is oats. A bag of oats from Asda or Sainsbury's is just the same - and just as good - as whatever designer oats you're paying twice the price for.
My wife feels that overnight soaking improves the flavour. Flavahans because Sainsburys often don't have their own jumbo oats. Stove because our microwave broke.

Incidentally, those huge grain silos on Shoreham Port are used to store Sussex oats that are taken elsewhere to make Scotch porridge.

Cowfold Seagull

Fan of the 17 bus
Apr 22, 2009
Maybe sacrilegious but I just have Quaker oats soaked in cold milk, not heated or microwaved.

Oats are supposed to be very good for your cholesterol levels.

Me too, l simply don't have the time or the inclination to start mixing ingredients to my own recipe for breakfast, Quaker, or Scots Porridge Oats out of a packet, do me just fine.


Jul 10, 2003
Jumbo Oats, Skimmed milk, microwave, bit of demerara

Top tip for those using Oat Milk. When you put water on oats you get ...... oat milk :thumbsup:


Languidly clinical
Oct 9, 2010
Jumbo Oats, Skimmed milk, microwave, bit of demerara

Top tip for those using Oat Milk. When you put water on oats you get ...... oat milk :thumbsup:

I tend to sweeten mine with honey. There are days when I'll use brown sugar but, as you say, demerara.

Credit to Olaf Falafel for the original version of that joke

smillie's garden

Am I evil?
Aug 11, 2003
If you have one, a rice cooker works quite well for oats; I use water, so can't comment on milk type. When cooked I add peanut butter, soy sauce and sriracha - I don't really have a sweet tooth.


Jan 20, 2010
D3E1493E-B942-4DF3-8F0E-939B0DF6A13F.jpegUncooked oats for me with linseeds, walnuts, raisins, prunes, dates, blueberries, bannana, almonds, apple and all mixed up with a big dollop of kefir.

That isn’t a teaspoon.


Jul 7, 2003
Wow, what a load of faff. Flahavan oats (not the jumbo ones) mixed 2 scoops oats and 4 scoops skimmed milk, 2 minutes in the microwave, stir in some maple syrup and enjoy. Simples.

Wardy's twin

Oct 21, 2014
Flavahans for me , red topped milk and generally soft fruits.... though today its sultanas as the soft fruits have run out.

Microwaved until it turns very dry and cake like


Feb 25, 2009
Zabbar- Malta
Snip top off sachet and add oats to square breakfast bowl, pour semi skimmed milk to red line on sachet then tip on to oats. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir gently for 1 minute then enjoy. Odd thread, can't the OP read the packet?

Oh hang on. You mean the bit where I customise with a spoonful of Cartwright and Butler Lemon Curd. Delicious!

Oh shoot!
I've been doing it wrong!

I need to go and buy some square breakfast bowls.

Do they have to be a specific brand?



Jan 20, 2012
Overnight oats for me. Add warm water from the kettle to make the oats smooth. Add peanut butter, Greek yoghurt (the real stuff, not the syrupy Greek-style blarney), chopped banana and sometimes frozen fruits. Food of the gods.


He/him/his/that muppet
Jul 6, 2011
I cook mine with "no sugars" coconut milk and sweet cinnamon then stir in a handful of frozen raspberries and a chopped up banana.

On dirty days I chuck in a few squares (50g) of dark chocolate instead of the raspberries and add ground ginger and a touch of chilli instead of the cinnamon.

I can confirm that Sainsbury's oats are the same quality as the named brands, but you don't get a drawing of a jolly chap on the packaging.

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