World Porridge Day

Today must be my most favourite weird/special day to celebrate: World Porridge Day! I absolutely LOVE porridge. I eat it almost every morning. There are so many kinds of porridges: oatmeal, rice, quinoa, wheat, overnight, cooked, etc, etc. The event is actually organised to raise funds for Mary’s Meals, which is a charity based in Scotland. The charity is to raise awareness about its efforts to aid starving children in developing countries. The organisation anually makes Likuni Phala for about 320,000 children in Malawi. Likuni Phala is a porridge made with maize.

I usually take oatmeal or quinoa porridge in the morning but today I wanted to eat something different and decided to make Okayu. Okayu is a Japanese rice porridge and because it is getting colder outside, I wanted something to warm me on the inside. I googled and came across this recipe: Ginger Honey Okayu. I have been following La Fuji Mama for quite some time in the past but somehow forgot about her. Until today, when I found this super simple recipe. I made it last night so I only had to warm it this morning: breakfast in a minute! I am sooooo happy I found my way back to La Fuji Mama, she has the most delicious recipes! Just like this one. It is super simple to make: just add 1 cup of rice (I used sushi rice) to 5 cups of water (I like my porridge thick), let it sit for 30 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook it for 30 minutes. At that point, I turned off the heat and went to bed (the recipes states that you should let it steam for 10 minutes but I just let it cool with the lid on). The next morning I warmed it up and poured myself a cup, added a tablespoon of honey and voilá: breakfast. Would you just look at how this looks:

Ginger Honey Okayu. Recipe by La Fuji Mama

I topped it with a dash of ground ginger. This tastes so good! If you want to make it vegan, top it with maple syrup or agave. I bet that works great with this recipe too. The porridge is so creamy and rich, it is one of the best porridges I have ever had and it really is very warming. If you are cold, have the flu or just don’t feel very well all together: make this porridge! It will do you good, I swear. Since my husband decided he wanted porridge for lunch, I’m already out and am currently making a new batch so I will have some more tomorrow morning. Since we eat a lot of Japanese food (we eat more rice than potatoes) and because we LOVE sushi, we have quite a lot of sushi rice. This rice is just perfect for this recipe. It also shows you why you don’t want to overcook your rice when having sushi. This mush is very nice for breakfast but not in your sushi roll.

Have you tried this recipe? What’s your favourite kind of porridge? Care to share in a comment down below?

Don’t forget, tomorrow is National Sausage Pizza Day. If you want to know what I’ve cooked up for this day, check back tomorrow!

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