How to make it

  • Add steel-cut oats to 3 cups boiling salted water. Bring back to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. This is the porridge.
  • Meanwhile set the grill (or broiler as we know it here in the states) to low
  • Arrange the kippers on a baking sheet and put under the broiler, about 10 min.
  • Serve with toast and jam with tea, juice, coffee*
  • *Scots take their porridge very seriously, as I found out, and purists will eat their porridge with milk and salt
  • *****Check THIS out******
  • Here's a few interesting traditions about the Scots and their porridge oats from the department of completely useless information (I told you these cats took their porridge seriously)
  • * Porridge should always be stirred using a wooden stick called a spurtle, clockwise with one's right hand
  • * The Scots traditionally eat their porridge standing up. Some claim this is out of respect for the dish, oats being a very important staple in Scotland
  • * It used to be that the porridge would be dipped out of your bowl with a horn spoon, then dipped into a communal bowl of cream before consuming
  • * uneaten porridge would often be put into a 'drawer' where it would harden, then cut into oat cakes
  • * although frowned upon by purists, sugar CAN be added to porridge, as well as honey, jam, golden syrup, or molasses!

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  • nightkitchen 11 years ago
    Interesting info here! I do love my steel-cut oats.
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  • elgourmand 11 years ago
    Up until now I just didn't think about porridge. I'm still not sure I want to go to the trouble to cook any but I respect hell out of anyone who does. A porridge 5
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    sitbynellie ate it and said...
    Hi from Scotland Robert, 10 out of 10 for the facts regarding porridge, you are spot on. Especially about serving with milk and salt, and absolutely NOT sugar!! Or anything else! But, it's each to his own and the controversy rages on... Kippers are quite traditional as well as the toast etc. A fry-up is regarded as a 'Full English Breakfast' if served in a B & B, but is quite common as a breakfast served in a Scottish home, but with the addition of fried potato scones, and fried fruit pudding...! And in our house black pudding is compulsory.
    Kind regards Nellie
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    Love the steel cut oats, Robert, but I'd have to lose the kippers.... you get my five for the ultra cool history!
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