What makes you happy? Right now I’m enjoying the early autumnal walk back from school as I drop my eldest off for the day. The journey there is always a rush to get out the door and to get to school in time, but the journey back is a much more placid affair. My youngest and I can take our time and wander slowly home, saying hiya to all the neighbourhood cats and dogs, and watch the leaves go plip as they fall from the trees. Because autumn is happening, whether you like it or not. I found my first conker today. Just saying.
Once we get home it’s my time for breakfast. I never have time before school to eat so I make a point of taking time to eat a hearty breakfast once I get home as that morning walk always works up a serious appetite.
I love porridge, particularly when the seasons transitions from summer to autumn, and a cold breakfast just doesn’t quite cut the mustard anymore. On those chilly mornings when you feel like you need something warm and comforting for breakfast, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of porridge to fill you up and warm your cockles.
As good as porridge is, I quite like to add some variation to my porridge depending on what’s in season. This month, it’s all about the plums. While fresh chopped plums are pretty good in porridge, for a little extra treat when I’m feeling fancy I will roast my plums with honey and cinnamon for a sweet and spiced healthy breakfast of kings.
We have a huge plum tree on our allotment and have an abundance of them right now. What makes me extra happy is that our plums are grown organically – we don’t use any pesticides or anything on our allotment.
I also try to buy organic foodstuff where possible, where budget allows, as there are myriad reasons to buy organic, not least because it’s better for us, better for the environment, better for wildlife and better for farmers and farm workers. My daughter so sweetly used to describe fairtrade as “something that makes the farmers happy”, which I think could definitely be applied to organic food as well!
This month the Organic Trade Board are inviting you to feed your happy by experiencing the unadulterated joy of organic food. As part of this I thought I’d share with you my organic porridge with cinnamon spiced roast plum recipe in the hope that this delicious healthy and organic breakfast makes you as happy as it makes me (and the environment)!
Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Plum
Makes one portion
I’ve put links of where to buy the ingredients organically in case you can’t find them locally.
Approx 30g organic oats
Approx 250 ml water
Pinch of salt
1 organic plum
1/2 teaspoon organic honey or maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
Splash of organic milk or vegan milk (optional)
Handful of organic walnuts
Preheat your oven to 170°C/150°C fan oven.
Slice your plum in half and remove the stone.
Place your plum halves cut side up in an oven dish and drizzle with the honey and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
Place in the oven for around 15 mins.
After 10 minutes of roasting time, prepare the porridge as per the instructions on your packet of oats. I find that adding around 30ml of oats and 250ml water, with a pinch of salt, and bringing that to the boil, and then stirring vigorously for one minute does the trick for me but you might have your own preferred porridge technique that I don’t want to get in the way off!
Add a splash of milk (if you want to make creamier porridge) and stir well, and top with your honey roast plums and a few chopped walnuts and sit back and enjoy!
As well as my recipe, there’s a really delightful video with Feed Your Happy ambassador Sara Cox (I love Sara!) on the joy of eating organic food, and the Organic Trade Board are inviting you to share why organic food makes you happy with the #feedyourhappy hashtag. You can also follow along with the campaign on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram too.
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