Monday, February 6, 2012

Millet Porridge

stick to your ribs good

I feel like this is starting to become a breakfast blog. Not that that would be a bad thing. I love breakfast. Breakfast is sometimes my favourite part of the day. When I finish my smoothie, oatmeal, or egg and toast, I feel a sense of loss. My sacred moment of morning indulgence has ended, meaning that I must pack my things and head to the library, or the bank, or class. Real life begins at the end of breakfast...and sometimes, I wish I could just stay stuck in my little breakfast bubble. Forever.

But unfortunately, that's not going to happen. Even while sitting at my kitchen table in the morning, enjoying the first meal of the day, I can hear the kids at the daycare next to the apartment, screaming. Screaming endlessly.

Now, I still remember a lot of my childhood - I was obsessed with ponies and I was insane and sometimes I kicked people - but I do not remember screaming non-stop for hours with other children. Maybe because I didn't last that long in daycare, which I despised vehemently, particularly the nap portion of the day when the nap nazis forced you to lie in a dark room on a little mat and be silent and still for half an hour - even if you weren't sleepy or couldn't sleep - while the special needs girl got to play with blocks, right next to you. They could have played with her in another room, but no. They had to play with her, right in front of us, enhancing their motor skills and having a perfectly good time while the rest of us had to lie still on these uncomfortable gym mats on a linoleum floor.

During one of those horrid nap sessions, I made a timid protest against these naps - I lifted up my head and asked, "Can I play too?" and the daycare worker hissed at me, "Go to sleep." Fascist.

Needless to say, I was eventually freed from this prison of enforced naps and craft sessions - they are only so many things you can do with Cheerios. But I do not recall that we ever ran around the yard, screaming incessantly. Not like these kids. They're like a bunch of banshees - running around with their mouths open, deafening everyone within a 500 metre radius.

So even as I sit and enjoy my breakfast, I cannot escape this reminder that life goes on - the next generation, right next door to me, is screaming out for all the world to hear. "Here we come. We are so loud."

And so I eat my breakfast, and listen to the crazy world outside.

Millet Porridge
This porridge is thick and filling - the kind that "sticks to your ribs," just the way I like it.

1/3 cup Ground Millet
1 1/3 cups Milk (I used soy & coconut)
1 Banana (frozen is fine)
1 Apple, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

Serves 1.

1. Grind millet in a blender or spice grinder until it reaches a flour-like consistency. I did a large batch in my blender to have on hand.

2. Whisk together ground millet, salt and cinnamon together in a pot and set aside.

3. Blend milk, banana, and apple in a blender until smooth. Whisk into the millet mixture.

4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low and continue to simmer, still stirring, until the porridge is thick and the millet cooked, 10 - 15 minutes.

5. Serve immediately, with an extra splash of milk, drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and even some added fresh fruit, like blueberries - it's up to you!

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13 comments:

  1. Great post, Liz! This sounds fabulous and I love the idea of blending the fruit with the milk for extra creaminess/nutrition without added fat. I also laughed all the way through -- clearly, Long-Form Reporting class's preoccupation with totalitarianism is coming out here.

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    1. It was a dictatorship! I'm telling you. No lie.
      And yes! Blending fruit with the milk is my new favourite method with oatmeal and porridge. Let me know if you try it!

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  2. Dude! I relate to this post on so many levels. I love my morning routine so much. And I also hated those damned enforced naps although, thankfully, I did not have to suffer daycare. It was in kindergarten and grade one that I remember them happening to me, and I never could sleep.

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    1. Honestly, whoever thought enforced naps were a good idea? Isn't the purpose of school to tire children out and make them docile? Sheesh.

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  3. Yum I want this! How many servings? One?

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    1. Yup, just one - 2 small portions if it's for kids. It's quite filling.

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    2. BEST BREAKFAST I'VE EVER HAD, HANDS DOWN! Thank you soooo much for this recipe! I've had so many different breakfasts (I'm sort of an oat expert) and I was afraid to branch out and try millet, but this was amazing! Do you happen to know how many calories are in 1/3 cup ground millet?

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    3. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :) I'm not sure, but I think 1/3 cup of ground millet is probably around 150 - 200 calories. Here's an in-depth nutritional analysis of millet, if you're curious: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=38

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    4. I think I'm going to try this tomorrow morning with strawberries instead of apple :)

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  4. hi! I really enjoy your blog. just wanted to thank you for posting quick, cheap, healthy and delicious looking meals. can't wait to try some :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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  5. How many calories does a bowl provide?

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    1. I honestly have no idea, as I tend to avoid calorie-counting (caused be nothing but grief in my high school days), but my guess would be that this recipe would create a serving worth around 400 calories or so. It also depends on the type of milk that you use as well. Here's an in-depth nutritional analysis of millet, which might give you the information you need: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=38

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