Autumn chills are setting in
Brrrr is anyone else feeling the chill? I sure am! There is so much to love about the changing seasons, from the leaves on the trees changing colour, to the cooler nights and most importantly a great reason to enjoy warm hearty meals.
As a child, each winter my mum would to make us delicious hot porridge on cold winter mornings, and off course that would involve her soaking the oats overnight and getting up a bit earlier so we could enjoy a yummy breakfast. I loved eating it with brown sugar which would melt on the top and serve with fresh milk. These days I try to minimise the sugar and time of soaking overnight, but I still want a flavoursome hot porridge. The other day I decided to come up with something a bit different to the traditional oats I enjoyed as a child and settled on chai spiced porridge/“zoats” with poached pears.
I use quick oats in the recipe and poach the pears ahead of time so they can be used throughout the week. The leftover chai makes a delicious addition to regular oats or you can even drink it with a dash of milk.
But what are "zoats?" Zoats or zucchini oats are made by adding grated zucchini when making porridge. Before you turn your nose up in disgust I dare you to try it. Once you get past the mental part of eating vegetables for breakkie, you might just enjoy it! The great thing about adding zucchini to oats is it doesn't have its own flavour but actually takes on the flavour you add with the oats. I love this combo because it adds a different texture to your average porridge.
Check out the recipe here