Umm, it’s freezing in Sydney and after a recent request for help with wintery breakfast ideas, I am happy to oblige.
Warming Winter B’Fast #1: Chai-spiced Porridge
I literally just made this up but the thought of two of my favourite things blended together is clearly going to be a winner. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with chai and porridge? Right? Right! *Holds breath in anticipation.
For a few hungry people you will need:
1 cup of rolled or steel cut oats
1/2 cup of water
2/5 cups of the milk of your choice
Chai-spice mix. I like to use cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and ginger. Wrap them in muslin or put them in a tea infuser.
Dash of Himalayan Rock Salt
Put the oats into a pot with water, salt, 3/4 of the milk, and chai mix and cook per the cooking instructions. As the oats start to soften and the liquid gets soaked up, add the rest of the milk and let simmer slowly on low heat so that the porridge becomes creamy and the flavours of the chai are infused. Pull out the muslin or infuser and pour porridge into a bowl. Top with ground cinnamon and banana and enjoy!
Warming Winter B’Fast #2: Steaming Quinoa with Sultanas, Nuts, and Cinnamon
I’ve already talked about this (along with some other yummy breakfast ideas) but I’ll mention it again because it’s so damn good.
Here’s what you need to make a large amount…
1 cup of quinoa
1 orange, rind off and set aside
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
3 cardamom pods
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1/2 cup of sultanas
1 cup of coconut or almond milk
Cook the quinoa as per the instructions on the pack. Generally it’s 1 cup of quinoa to 1.5 cups of water. Be sure to rinse it before you cook. As it’s cooking, add your cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, as well as the juice of your orange, and the zest. Allow to simmer.
Once fully cooked, add your sultanas and nuts.
To serve, simply pour milk (I love almond milk or coconut milk with this) over the porridge, add figs on top if you like, as well as a sprinkling of LSA, walnuts, or a squirt of flax oil. DELICIOUS!
Warming B’Fast #3: Polenta Bubble
Breakfast polenta is one of the most underrated treats around, and a great idea if you’re having people around for brunch. This one pot wonder is a dream to serve because you can top it with anything you like – sweet or savoury.
4 cups of water
1 cup of polenta (not quick cooking. Nice whole grain polenta, please)
1/2 teaspoon of sea or rock salt
Some topping options include (but aren’t limited to):
Nuts of any variety
Fresh figs, tahini and honey
Dried dates, figs, raisins
Pure maple syrup or vanilla essence
Coconut cream/milk or organic yoghurt
Poached egg and fresh herbs with olive oil
Bring the water to the boil and stir in the polenta and salt. KEEP STIRRING. Yep, still keep stirring. Once it has come to the boil, reduce the heat and leave to bubble for around 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you find your polenta is getting thick, simply stir in more water as you go. You want the texture of your polenta to be creamy and loose so that if you pick it up with a spoon, it will elegantly slip off.
Top with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy! Savour! Relish in its goodness!
Here’s a visual of what it should look like. I haven’t made it today so I can’t take credit for it, but google images can.