Tuesday, March 24, 2009


1/2 cup Country Choice Multi Grain (rye, barley, oats, wheat) hot cereal
1 slice of dried mango (not freeze-dried, no sweetened), ripped into thumbnail-sized pieces
3 dates (preferably Medjool), pitted and coarsely chopped
1 handful wild blueberries (e.g. Trader Joe's frozen)
1-1/2 cups water (optional: 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cups water)

• Bring cereal, dates, mango, and water (or water/milk) to boil slowly (i.e. over medium-low heat) in a tall pot, stirring occasionally
• Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
• Shut off heat, cover pot, and leave on burner for two minutes (if electric stove) or leave on minimal flame (gas stove)
• Stir in blueberries, cover, allow to sit two minutes.
Serves one hungry person.

Salt is not necessary
All ingredients are available at Trader Joes
For truly great porridge (at ridiculous expense and heinous 75 minute cooking time), use a Zojirushi Rice cooker


Dave said...

75 minutes in a rice cooker? My friend makes steel-cut oatmeal by putting it in a crockpot overnight and insists it's far superior to the stirring for 30 minutes prep and obviously less labor-intensive.

Anyone know how much electricity a slow-cooker consumes?

Jim Leff said...

Hmm....I wonder how that meme got started....? ;)

Dave said...

Well, I think they had you beat in the UK and Ireland. The lady of the farmhouse I stayed in Ireland, and her mother-in-law, used to do this many moons ago.

Jim Leff said...

Totally possible. I certainly didn't invent the concept...

Dave said...

But anyway, what about my other point? I have to admit that I have no idea about the relative energy consumption of a toaster oven vs. a slow-cooker vs. a conventional oven.

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