|The stewed plums drizzled over my banana, buckwheat and oat pancakes|
|Breakfast on the go...porridge with my cinnamon and ginger stewed plums, heavenly on an early morning train to work!|
I'd say that I've always enjoyed the first meal of the day, whether it was on a rushed school morning or a lovely slow Sunday with the fresh morning air from outside chilling our kitchen. I now still love the routine of making my breakfast and leaving a good few minutes to sit and enjoy it before I begin my walk to University Campus on a normal weekday.
Pretty much every morning I make myself a bowl of porridge, summer or winter, topped with some kind of berries or stewed fruit and a scattering of all sorts of seeds to give me plenty of energy. A couple of weeks ago when in Sainsbury's on my weekly shop, I decided that I had to swap my usual blueberries for my morning porridge fruit for something a little cheaper...I would usually buy a 200g punnet costing £3.20 which is just a little too much for my budget, especially for something just for 7 breakfasts. I'd experimented with rhubarb the week before but was looking for a bargain, and this came in the form of plums! For double the weight, I found that I could buy plums for only £1!
I was so excited that I'd found something different I could stew and drizzle on my porridge. I decided to try out a new recipe I was making up, with a little cinnamon, ginger and honey. A deep purply syrup should be left in the bottom of the pan surrounding the delightfully soft plum halves if you give this a go...
1 x 400g punnet of plums (for me, it doesn't matter if they are ripe or not!) cut into quarters
3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground ginger
4 tbsp of runny honey
a good splash of cold water
Stew these in a medium sized pan for about 12-15 minutes until the plums are soft but not completely disintegrated. Leave to cool and put in a tupaware box in the fridge for the week. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of the stewed plums into your steaming bowl of porridge. I've also recently begun adding a teaspoon of maca powder as well as my usual sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds which works quite nicely.
Leave any comments below telling me how you like your porridge in the mornings, or any time of the day really! I hope you all enjoy this new recipe!