“I am a busy Teacher. Mornings are a nightmare in our house with my OH and 4 kids to get off to various corners of the town and sometimes I miss breakfast in the chaos.
Thing is I get really ratty with my students if I don’t eat and I have slipped into buying the Golden Syrup Porridge Meal Deal at the well know High Street bakery that rhymes with “Dregs” £2.00 per day – and I am not even that keen on the orange juice although I do love the “Sweet Cinnamon flavour of the Supermarkets Pots too.
Only got access to a kettle in the staff-room …………………have you a recipe for home-made “instant porridge” that I could use to save some money?? I bet you do and I could save myself £10 worth of “stupid money” every week.
Here’s hoping (BTW your blog is saving us loads)
Erm!! You are asking a Scot’s woman to forgo her “Slow food” birthright of porridge gently simmered over an open fire and stirred counter-clockwise with an antique spurtle …………….. just to save you money???
……OH OKAY THEN !!! LOL
Although I have to say I am tickled pink that something so traditional as porridge is now being hyped as a convenience food – how the world cycles around LOL.
The store bought version, though, runs more than a quid per package! Better than the bakery, but well more than necessary.
Thing is, this is a trick of mine from my old Stage Management days – when you are in dodgy seaside digs and got early theatre calls – breakfast kind of gets forgotten ………… and boy do you regret that come 10 o’clock and you are snarling at your actors.
So I used to have a basic version of this that I could make up by boiling the kettle and stirring …………. I have eaten this on the seafront in Margate, waiting for our set to arrive …………… I have eaten this on fire escapes in Soho, waiting for our set to arrive (AGAIN!!!)………….. I have eaten this during “four day techs” where I went to work on the Monday and didn’t get home until the early hours of Friday morning.
In fact, the more I remember back the more I appreciate my quiet little life here LOL.
But if you are busy and don’t want to resort to the greasy spoon / burger van / carry out this could be just what you are looking for to feed you for pennies.
To make a months worth of breakfasts (about 20 portions)
HOMEMADE INSTANT PORRIDGE
Toast 6 cups (600g) of oats in your oven at 150 for about 20 minutes. You don’t want them to colour too much just get lovely and toasty / malty.
Tip 4 cups of the oats into a food processor and add a pinch of salt and 90g granulated sugar.
Blitz in the processor until you have formed a rough powder (this will be the basis of your porridge and will cook very quickly with the addition of boiling water.
Tip into a bowl and add the reserved toasted oats and 1 cup (90g) skimmed milk powder.
Stir well then pour into a jar or container that you can take to work.
To make up – put 3 heaped dessert-spoons into a bowl.
And pour over just under half a mug of boiling water and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.
Quick stir – and voila “instant porridge.” Just like the kind that used to leave you with a glowing stripe around you ……………….. or does that just date me horribly?
To make your “golden syrup flavour” – use a squirty bottle of golden syrup and drizzle with a teaspoon of golden syrup.
Or for the same “Sweet Cinnamon” flavouring as the one you buy from your baker shop, substitute the granulated sugar for brown sugar and add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon before blitzing.
Couldn’t be easier – and actually couldn’t be cheaper. In fact for the basic mix I cost the 20 portions out at 72p ….. or 3.6p per breakfast. (Using Tesco Value Range ingredients.) If you can find some of the ingredients on offer at Approved Foods, you could get the price right down close to free!
Yes, just 3.6p per breakfast!!
A bottle of squirty golden syrup would bring that up by 80p to 7.6p per breakfast ………………. saving you £1.92 per day or £9.60 per week.
Of course another delicious choice would be some Dandelion Honey, whipped up yourself.
It would appear that breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day for your tummy ….. but also your wallet.
Actually it strikes me that this could be a really fun thing to do – a kind if “Challenge Elaine” slot midweek to get us all in the mood for planning our Frugal Weekends.
So over to you lovely lot? What frugal question do you challenge me to answer? Either leave a response here or email me at Elaine AT Elainecolliar DOT com.
OMG!!! What have I let myself in for???