Porridge. A perfect comfort food.

Can I start today’s blog post with a riddle?

Question: What do you call couture porridge?

Yummy fancied up oats porridge.

Answer: Haute- meal.

I knew you’d get it, LOL!

Porridge is a popular breakfast option in many cultures around the world. It is also a good meal for weaning babies, convalescing adults and anyone struggling with a solid food diet.

Amaranth flour porridge with crunchy peanut butter, honey and garnished with unflavored yoghurt and moringa powder.

There are many ways and options for making porridge. In our culture, we like it fresh but also fermented . We call it “ucuru wa mukio. You can read more about it here.

I love fermented porridge, it is full of good bacteria, as well as nutrients. It is usually served on festive occasions and also to breastfeeding mothers, as it is believed to boost milk production. I remember when I got my first born, my grandmothers as well as my mother in law made me some. At one time I had three full jerrycans of fermented porridge. That’s almost 100 litres! I loved it.

I am yet to try making some fermented porridge for myself from scratch, but it is definitely on my to do list.

Porridge is a great breakfast option. It is usually rich in carbohydrates, making you fuller for longer, regulating your appetite as a result. It is rich in fibre, boosts immunity, and abundant in various minerals and vitamins too. For example, did you know finger millet is one of the richest plant sources of calcium, as compared to other cereals? Porridge is a great way to indulge in our whole grains and get all the amazing benefits in one go.

I prefer this local brand of porridge flour. They have amaranth, millet, and even bean options available.

My usual porridge options range from amaranth flour porridge, oatmeal, millet, rice, flour, pumpkin flour porridge and even green banana porridge which I have already shared here.

I have attached a video below of how I make my oatmeal sometimes.

This was a decadent, delicious bowl. Yum!

If using porridge flour, I usually boil 3 cups of water on the stove top. In a small bowl, I mix 6 tbsp of the porridge flour with another cup of cold water to get a thick, smooth paste. I then add the paste to the boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon till it thickens to my liking. I let it simmer on low for about 10 or so minutes then add some milk or peanut butter, if using. This makes enough porridge for 3-4 people.

Finger millet porridge, garnished with unflavored yoghurt, moringa, black seed powder, chia and sesame seeds.

I sweeten my porridge with honey though sugar also works well, but when using sugar I add it in while still on the stovetop so it can dissolve completely.

You can use ripe mashed banana to sweeten your porridge too, and some yogurt works well with oatmeal, in addition to your favorite toppings.

Porridge bowls are quite versatile so you can play around with your preferred flavours and toppings.

Other add ons once I pour some porridge into my bowl are chia seeds, baobab powder, black seed powder, desiccated coconut, chocolate flakes, moringa powder. Nuts and seeds work well too, as do chopped fresh fruit or dried fruit. Banana, raisins, passion pulp, mango cubes add yummy flavours, interesting texture and added colour and nutrients to your porridge bowl. Work with what you like and have on hand. 🤗

Creamy cardamom flavored oatmeal porridge. Garnished with sliced banana and chia seeds, sweetened with honey.

Porridge is a perfect comfort food to me, especially on cold, dull mornings, during the rainy season and anytime I feel I am missing home. A bowl of thick porridge works wonders in lifting my mood.

Millet porridge is another fave, topped with cream, peanut butter and some moringa powder.

Here are other delicious breakfast ideas worth checking out.

Do you like porridge, how do you make yours?

Plantain and Tangerine Pancakes.

Yes. You read right.

Ripe plantain and sweet citrus flavours of fresh tangerines blend beautifully together in fluffy goodness.

Want to make them more decadent and delicious? Add in dark chocolate and a tangerine butter sauce and you’re on the highway to flavour heaven!

To make these delicious pancakes you will need:-

• 2 really ripe plantains, that is, yellow with lots of black, means its much sweeter, and a great way to use up your overripe plantain.

• 2 cups self raising flour

• 1/3 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice.

• 1/2 cup buttermilk.

• 1 large egg.

• 1/4 cup coconut oil.

• 1 tsp of ground cinnamon.

• 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or chips.

Method.

The recipe is pretty straightforward.

Blend all the liquid ingredients, that is the egg, buttermilk, oil and the plantain till smooth. Pour into a bowl and add the flour, mix gently the batter will look something like this…

Then lastly fold in the chocolate.

Let the batter rest a bit, and make the same way you make your usual pancakes.

Soft, fluffy, sweet smelling little cakes of delight. This recipe makes 10-12 pancakes.

The best thing to serve them with?

How about a tangerine, chia and butter sauce? Yum!

Don’t they look yummy?

I love pancakes in all forms, and this is another favorite way to make them when tangerines are in season. Definitely worth a try!

Chai Masala Pancakes.

Pancakes are one of my family’s favourites. For breakfast, for brunch, as a snack for school or for tea, I cannot stay too long without making them in our home. I usually flavour them depending on mood, what the kids want and what I have on hand.

These are simple pancakes to make, this time I used chai masala to flavour them. Just a little bit goes a long way.

They are so tasty and smell so good. OMG.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self raising flour.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1 heaped tsp of good quality tea masala. You can use store bought or make your own.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp icing sugar. (you can use regular sugar too, or honey).
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp almond essence, (you can use vanilla too).

Method.

Sift your flour into a bowl, add the tea masala, sugar and mix well.

Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and some water to make into a smooth batter.

Add the oil and almond essence next and after mixing let the batter sit a while.

Make your pancakes the regular way.

When you see the bubbles, it is time to flip.

They smell so good at this point, it is tempting to taste one. Go ahead, cut a piece. 🙂

Behold my leaning tower of pancakes. LOL.

Serve hot with a drizzle of honey and a pat of butter on top. Yum!

PS: I do not add oil when cooking as the batter already has oil mixed in.

Dig in and enjoy.

Tasty, filling and easy to make. Pancakes are never boring.

Orange Vanilla French Toast.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, and contrary to what some of my followers think, I do not make pancakes ALL the time. LOL.

I do bake or buy bread, and when I do, it is toasted or made into French toast like this recipe I will be sharing with you today.

There is a new bakery that opened in our hood and I thought I would try out their bread so let’s see how it goes…

This is such a basic French toast aka “tosti Mayai” ( as it is called in Swahili), livened up by bright citrusy flavours of sweet oranges, comforting vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.

I can’t get over how good it looks. Yum!

Let us get started.

Our ingredients are:- 1/2 cup of milk, 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, 3 eggs, salt, a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and some butter to fry it up. I used 12 slices of bread for this recipe. And some honey.
Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon, and add the orange juice.

Dip your slices into the egg mix on both sides and fry till golden.

Serve hot with some orange slices, a drizzle of honey or to make it more decadent, some Nutella sauce.

Tasty, filling, colourful and smells so good!

The toast finishes pretty fast, so you may need to make a bit more.

All the flavours blend wonderfully together and it makes a great weekend breakfast dish that the kids will enjoy.

Definitely worth a try.

Love,

Wanjoro.