As a single girl, Valentine’s day shouldn’t be affecting me too much. But sitting here eating my Sunday oats I am feeling the love! I wanted to take the opportunity on this day of love to acknowledge all the amazing girls in my life that constantly support and encourage me.
(UPDATE…as chances would happen very soon after writing this post I found myself not so single and paired up with an amazing guy…I should definitely tempt fate more often!)
I’m so lucky to have a wide variety of great friends and family (that feel like friends). In and out of relationships I’ve always made the effort not to forget my friends, because they’re the ones that are there throughout and I think the reason why, at this age where your friends might start to deplete, I still have a NUMBER of ‘best’ friends.
So many of them have been really encouraging and responsive to my attempt at a healthier lifestyle and for this I’m so grateful. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard comments such as ‘just eat it’ ‘ don’t get obsessed’ ‘urgh that’s boring’…but never from my girls!
So here’s to all my girls…
So if Valentine’s day isn’t really for you, don’t forget to think about all the other lovers in your life!
I can never go too long without a new porridge post can I?
This morning in Scotland is very snowy and it is beautiful…but also obviously very very cold!
Lying in bed I was sent pictures of the dogs out walking in the snow by Chris and I got up and looked outside to the equally snowy view from my flat and knew just what I wanted for breakfast. Porridge!
Jade in the snow
View from my window this morning
Recently I’ve been making my porridge with a new milk for me, the mix of coconut and almond milk from Alpro which was recommended by Catriona as having the delicious coconut flavour but with the creamier consistency of almond milk. She was so right! This is just perfect in porridge and how I’ve been having mine most days since the discovery.
Simply use 1 cup of the coconut and almond milk with 1/2 cup oats and you will have a yummy and creamy coconut flavoured porridge.
Topped with your favourite fruit, this is some breakfast!
It’s tradition in my family that on the 1st of December we put on the Neil Diamond Christmas Album and that marks the beginning of Christmas (sad but true and loved by us all!).
Hearing him belt out ‘The Christmas Song’s opening line ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire…’ has inspired my latest recipe which combines my usual oats with pureed chestnuts to make a deliciously smooth and creamy breakfast.
And of course the addition of chocolate to ANYTHING instantly improves…
Pum’s Christmas Chestnut Porridge
1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. chestnut puree
1 large square dark chocolate (highest % cocoa you can find)
What Pum did
Combined all ingredients (except the chocolate) in a pan and mixed well.
Stirred over a medium heat for 5 mins until the mixture is thick.
Topped with dark chocolate and swirled in.
This turned out so much better than I had hoped. The pureed chestnuts are mild but the texture is so smooth that it really does add something special to the porridge. I’m already planning out what to do with the leftover puree in my head…I’m thinking chestnut mug cakes and chestnut/cashew butter combo spread onto toast!
I love cashew butter (as with all nutbutters) but the best thing about this recipe has to be the crunchy coconut topping of nuts and seeds.
This is such a delicious way to vary up your morning oats bowls and takes the same length of time to prepare. We all know nuts are excellent for heart-health so if you don’t normally snack on nuts give this a go, it’s good for you!
Pum’s Crunchy Coconut Cashew Oats
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup of your favourite milk
1/2 cup water
Small handful cashews
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. desiccated coconut
1 tbsp. oats
1 tsp. pumpkin seeds
1 tsp. sunflower seeds
1 tbsp. cashew butter
What Pum did
Combined the oats, water and milk in a pan over medium heat and stirred for 5 minutes until thick and porridge-like.
Meanwhile in a small pan added the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, nuts and seeds and tossed regularly over a medium heat to toast (careful not to burn).
When the oats were ready topped with cashew butter and crunchy topping.
Whenever I feel a scratchy throat or sniffly nose coming on I reach for a little of the delicious golden nectar that is honey. There’s something about the soothing honey that helps me feel right on the mend.
Honey is widely known for it’s health and beauty benefits and when used in moderation can help aid weightloss. One way I love to use honey is in my happy porridge which provides a high energy breakfast that makes me feel good all day!
Pum’s Happy Honey Walnut Porridge
1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
Small handful walnuts
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. runny honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
What Pum did
Combined the oats, water, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. honey in a pan and stirred over a low heat for 5 mins.
When reached a thick porridge consistency removed from the heat and topped with walnuts and 1 tsp. honey.