Monday 10 December 2018

Free Porridge Day: Irish supermarket to give away 50,000 packs of porridge this week

Porridge with blueberries
Porridge with blueberries
Ellinor Persson (far right). Photo: James Ross
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Next Saturday February 10, SuperValu is giving away over 50,000 packs of their one-kilogram own brand porridge - for free.

Porridge has long been recommended as one of the most nutritious breakfast foods to kick start your day.

Oats are high in soluble fibres, known as beta-glucans, which help even out the sugar and cholesterol levels in our blood.

Ellinor Persson, who was crowned the world porridge making champion last year, says people are even getting a little more adventurous in how they make porridge.

A growing trend is savoury porridge, topped with foods like eggs or sausages.

“Living in the south of Sweden, not far away from Copenhagen. There’s a porridge restaurant where they make a lot of different things. Maybe it sounds crazy, but you can have porridge as a main meal, you can do it as a dessert.”

“They put eggs, sausages, all kinds of vegetables, it’s like risotto you know. You can have the oats also like a risotto, bacon is very good on it.”

“The eggs and bacon, we have at home, sometimes I do it at home with broccoli, tomato, and carrots. You warm the vegetables with a little bit of olive oil, maybe for the Sunday morning breakfast.”

For the world championships, Ellinor was limited to using only three ingredients to make her porridge – water, salt and oats. Salt, she says, is the key ingredient.

“The judges just taste the porridge as natural. There’s no milk, sugar, jam, or fruits, nothing. They want to taste how these three ingredients – water, salt and oats - are put together to harmonise.”

“The salt has something to do with the taste but also chemically, it helps to put all of the ingredients together. When you do pancakes, you also put a little bit of salt.”

At home with her family in Sweden, Ellinor is a little bit more adventurous though.

“In my family, we really like to cook it with water and salt, and blueberry jam and chopped nuts and a little bit of warm milk.”

“When I cook porridge I taste it a lot.”

She added: “You can try new things to make it a little bit more exciting, with the taste and the toppings. You can try to boil it in the water and add orange juice in that time to add a taste to it. You can pimp it up.”

“Porridge is very kind to your stomach when you’re waking up and a little bit tired. It’s the perfect way to wake up.”

“I think porridge is the ultimate thing to eat for breakfast. It kick starts the mind and body.”

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