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organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

porridge with roast plum

Let me share with you my most very favourite porridge recipe.

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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.

For the love of porridge

I love porridge, particularly when the seasons transition from summer to autumn. Here, on a cold day, 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.

organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

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 herbicides on our allotment.

Why Choose Organic?

I also try to buy organic foodstuff where possible, where my budget allows.  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!

The Organic Trade Board is 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 recipe for organic porridge with cinnamon-spiced roast plum.  My hope is that this delicious healthy and organic breakfast makes you as happy as it makes me (and the environment)!

Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Plum Recipe

organic porridge recipe

Ingredients

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)

A handful of organic walnuts

Method

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.  However, you might have your own preferred porridge technique that I don’t want to get in the way of!

Add a splash of milk (if you want to make creamier porridge) and stir well. Finally, top with your honey roast plums and a few chopped walnuts and sit back and enjoy!

Do also check out my post on other vegetarian breakfast ideas.  I’ve got so many ideas!

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Autumn, Food & Drink

Fruit and Vegetables in Season in November

fruit and vegetables in season in November

Want to know which fruit and vegetables are in season in November in the UK? Want a free printable to help remind you? Read on!

Time for my monthly look at what fruit and vegetables are in season.  In November pickings are getting a bit slim where the fruit is concerned (hope you like apples and pears!), but thankfully there’s still a lot of great quality vegetables in season.  November is all about potatoes and red cabbage – they’re at their best this month – but look out for artichokes and butternut squash too.

fruit and vegetables in season in November UK

And don’t forget to download my free printer-friendly guide to fruit & vegetables in season in November! You can print this out and pop in on your fridge to help when you’re meal planning, or take it with you when you are doing your food shopping so that you know what to look out for.

The Fruit In Season In November

November isn’t a month known for its rich pickings of UK seasonal fruit, but there are some fruits that will see you through the month:

  • Apples (the Cox, Red Pippin, Golden Delicious, and Empire are all common in-season varieties to look out for in November)
  • Pears
  • Quince

The Vegetables To Eat Now

Thankfully there are loads of vegetables in season in November. So much so that you shouldn’t get bored!

  • Artichoke
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage (Savoy, Spring Green, Red and White)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Horseradish
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Parsnip
  • Potatoes (maincrop)
  • Pumpkin
  • Salsify
  • Shallots
  • Swede
  • Turnips
  • Wild Mushrooms (here’s a handy guide to dry mushrooms if you’ve got too many!)

The Herbs & Nuts To Eat Now

There are also a few herbs and nuts in season in November, to spice up your cooking.

  • Chestnuts
  • Cobnuts
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Watercress

And there is your definitive guide to what’s in season in November.  What’s on your menu this month?  I’m planning lots of mashed potato, some braised red cabbage with apple, and more tasty comfort food!  And don’t forget to download the printer friendly version of this post to help keep you right when you’re doing your shopping!