Recipe by Ethan UK
This is a wonderful kick-start to the day. It actually tastes pretty much EXACTLY like spotted dick and custard and it absolutely delicious. It contains loads of complex carbohydrates a few simple carbs and loads of protein and amino acids to really get you going and keep you going for hours. Basically it's really good for you (to almost exactly the same degree that Spotted Dick and Custard isn't :) and yet it tastes heavenly. I have it or a variation on the same lines every day. Stops me snacking for hours and really gives me the drive to get work done. It takes a few minutes to prepare and cook - but hey, breakfast is the most important meal of the day - I think it's important that it supplies the fuel you need, so it's got to be worth a few minutes of minor effort in its preparation and I see no reason it shouldn't taste just great! As a thought... I think that this actually tastes better with only two egg whites, but three definitely seems to give me that extra lift and drive to keep going.
- 68 g oatmeal (Porridge Oats)
- 5 g wheat bran (1 Medium-heaped Tablespoon)
- 19 g sultanas
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 dash vanilla flavoring
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 3 medium dried prunes
- honey, To Taste
- 55 g low-fat yogurt (Preferably Greek Style or Strained)
- granulated artificial sweetener, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Separate the egg whites into a small bowl and dispose of, or otherwise jetison the yolks :).
- Weigh the sultanas into another small bowl.
- Chop the prunes into medium chunks (perhaps just a bit bigger than 1/3 inch cubes roughly) and place in another small bowl.
- In a saucepan, add 1 medium heaped tablespoon of Wheat Bran.
- Weigh approx 65g to 70g Porridge Oats (Oatmeal) into the pan (depending on how hungry you feel).
- Add a mere hint of ground ginger (you don't want to actually taste the ginger, it's just there to help bring out the flavours), and add a generous few drops of Vanilla flavouring.
- Add approx 445g/445ml water (to my taste, approx 6.6g/6.6ml water per gram of oatmeal gives a good thick porridge).
- Place pan on stove and bring to a boil. When just starting to boil, add the sultanas, and continue to boil on a medium heat, stirring continuously, for a few minutes until fairly thick and the sultanas have softened nicely.
- Depending on how dried out the prunes are you may wish to add them now (or earlier if they are really dry. The ones I get are completely hydrated and really squishy so I add them only at the very end). Also, if using sugar rather than sweetner, it would probably be best to add it now.
- Pour the egg whites onto the middle of the porridge and turn up the heat a bit. Don't stir.
- Heat for a few minutes, then poke a wooden spoon or spatula in a few places around the outsides of the pan to tease the porridge and egg off the sides of the pan back into the mix. You want a final result of biggish pieces of egg-white through the porridge but no huge lumps - and obviously the egg white must be cooked completely :).
- Bring back to a vigourous boil for a couple of minutes until it's clear the egg-white has properly cooked, stirring occasionally to prevent the egg-white forming any really big pieces.
- Stir in a few teaspoons on Splenda or non-aspartame based sweetener (aspartame decomposes at 85 degrees centigrade and loses its sweetness - Splenda is sucralose-based so avoids this problem) - to taste.
- If your prunes are as squishy as mine, then add them to the porridge and quickly stir in to mix.
- Spoon into a bowl and sprinkle another teaspoon of sweetener over the top.
- Add a generous dollop of low-fat strained (Greek-Style) yoghurt (or any plain yoghurt you have handy), and gently stir in a spoonful of granulated sweetener into the yoghurt. (The yoghurt does benefit from having been sweetened and sugar will be crunchy for ages so granulated sweetener (which dissolves instantly) would be best.).
- Drizzle honey over the top of the porridge and devour.
- Trust me - you won't make this only once :) I did it one morning when I fancied a simpler porridge without all the spices and fruit I so often add and have been eating it very nearly every day for weeks :).