Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

A slice of porridge

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I often have a bowl of porridge for breakfast. It’s quick and easy to cook in the microwave, it’s good for me and it’s warming and comforting to eat especially when the weather is cold like it has been this winter.

This morning, I didn’t have a lot of milk so I used a bit less than usual, but I knew that would be alright if I didn’t leave it too long before eating it. I also decided to use a different bowl from the one I usually use. It’s wider and shallower.

I gave it it’s usual 2 minutes in the microwave, and left it for a couple of minutes before it would be ready and cool enough to eat.

Then the phone rang. It was my friend Annie phoning to discuss the cardmaking workshop we were running in the afternoon. Amidst thoughts of designs and papers and what equipment we needed, all thoughts of porridge went out of my head.

By the time we had sorted everything out, I must have been on the phone for quite a while. When I got back to the microwave and opened the door, a flat, solid circle of rubbery porridge greeted me. Oh dear! I hate porridge like that, but I needed some breakfast, couldn’t spare any more milk and so I told myself I had to eat it!

I had the bright idea of mashing up a banana to mix in with it to make it more moist and soft. It was a good idea, but completely unsuccessful! That porridge was so solid and rubbery that nothing could have been mixed in with it. So I ended up cutting each spoonful of porridge and adding some mashed banana to it. I managed to eat it, but I can’t say I enjoyed it!

So what did I learn? That the wide shallow dish probably isn’t a good idea for porridge. Using less milk than usual is only ok if I eat it quickly after cooking it, and if the phone rings as it’s cooking, I should answer it on the cordless phone and eat it while I’m talking!

Oh well, they say it’s good to learn something new everyday, and that’s quite a few things I’ve learnt today!

I can have breakfast again!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

At last I’ve got a new microwave oven after mine blew up! I thought it would be really easy to buy a new one, but it wasn’t. I went to several shops that I thought would sell them, and either they didn’t have any or they didn’t have the sort I wanted.

I was looking for one with a knob to turn to set the time. I don’t like the ones that go beep.. beep……beep………beep…beep……beep…. I find them really irritating. Like someone sending a text message without turning off their keypad tones!

Now I’ll be able to eat again. Since I haven’t had a microwave, I’ve burnt three saucepans, even though I was trying not to use the cooker for exactly that reason. I’m concerned that I’ll put something on the cooker, forget about it and at best burn the saucepan or at worst burn the house down.

I’ll be able to have hot milk before I go to bed, warm my cup of tea up when I forget about it and I’ll even be able to cook the Christmas pudding tomorrow! I’ll also be able to have breakfast again. I like to have porridge in the winter. It’s a slow release carbohydrate so that it’s supposed to keep me going until lunchtime so that I’m not tempted to snack in between. I really missed having a microwave oven.