Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Scottish Porridge …My style

Happy Friday friends!  I hope today finds you well!  It has been another busy week here in Texas, but it has felt amazing to get back into my routine of life!
Today for Foodie Friday we are celebrating our heritages.  The last time we did a heritage recipe, I focused on my German heritage.  Today I am going a little different direction and pulling from my Scottish roots!
Growing up, porridge mostly consisted of cream of wheat or oatmeal.  I would normally add in some peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips.  Not the most tradition way to eat porridge, but it worked for me at the time.  As I have gotten older, I have found ways to add some additional nutritional benefits to my version of porridge.

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!!
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I did a little research about Scottish Porridge and found some interesting facts from  Scottish at Heart!

  • Traditionally, porridge is stirred with a wooden rod called a ‘Spirtle’ or ‘Spurtle’, which looks a bit like a drumstick (not the chicken variety!)
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  • Superstition has it that Scottish porridge should always be stirred clockwise – and preferably with your right hand – otherwise the Devil will come for the person doing the stirring!
  • Porridge is traditionally served in wooden bowls, and eaten standing up. Each spoonful should be dipped in a bowl of cream that’s shared by everyone at the table
  • Porridge could well have been the worlds’ first ‘take-out’. Centuries ago, an authentic porridge recipe such as this one would be used to cook up a big pot and what wasn’t eaten for breakfast would be poured into ‘drawers’ or another container and allowed to cool.  Once it was cooled, the porridge could be cut up into slices or blocks, wrapped, and taken along on the days’ work to be eaten for lunch, dinner or a snack!

Most often when I make my porridge, I use more traditional steel cut oats.  Today I didn’t have any left, so I used the rolled oats that I did have!
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Scottish Porridge

Ingredients

  • Oats cooked
  • Dash of milk
  • Cream (for a more traditional experience)
  • Nut butter 1/2-1 TBS
  • Toppings (dried fruit, nuts, etc)

Directions

  1. Cook oats
  2. Add in a dash of milk
  3. Stir in nut butter
  4. Add toppings
  5. Dip each bite in cream if desired

 

 

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Also, if you missed them, you can see my pics from Costa Rica Here, here, here and here!

Be filled with joy and health!

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Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!
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We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!
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After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.


Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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