Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rolled Oats, Cardamon, Cara Cara & Blood Oranges Porridge

You would think me Goldilocks. (**)

Growing up I loathed porridge. My mom used to make it especially when we were young with semolina and sometimes rice. You can imagine my contorted young face, my eyes rolling as I get nauseated just from the thought and anticipation of what's simmering in the sauce pan on top of the gas stove in our tiny kitchen. My mom was determined to get some cheap and quick nutritious breakfast into our skinny bodies. Spoon feeding us on a busy morning, just moments before we bolt out the door, late, to school. That was kindergarten and first grade. My mom already on kid number five and pregnant again. I got no memories of porridge thereafter.
As much as I loathed porridge, I loved the romantic notion of it in Goldilocks and The Three Bears throughout my childhood and into my adulthood. I was the protagonist in the fairy tale floating from one bowl to the next and breaking baby bear's chair, weren't we all?! Years later we bought a house of bricks but that is another fairy tale.
Today, not one bowl full since kindergarten and first grade, a sudden craving came over me for porridge.  I was hoping my craving would disappear into thin air and dissipate. Sunday came and my curious craving not lost, intensified, and I caved in.
Rolled Oats, Cardamon, Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Porridge
(Adapted from Al HaShulchan Magazine)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4-1 cups water
3/4-1 cups milk
1/4 spoon cardamon
4 tablespoons honey
1 Cara Cara orange, segmented*
1 blood orange, segmented*

Directions:
Add oats, milk and water into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and stir in cardamon. Cook on low, uncovered for up to 10 minutes, depending on consistency desired. Stir in honey immediately after taking off the heat. Pour into bowls while hot, garnish with sectioned oranges and serve.
*My friend Brian @MyFoodThoughts's {Back to basics: Segmenting Citrus}
* The Kitchn's How to Segment an Orange (or Any Citrus Fruit)

**My friend Annapet @TheDailyPalette dubbed me Goldilocks on twitter

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33 comments :

  1. Cardamom, gorgeous citrus...and then you go and taint them with porridge?! hehehe, gorgeous photos dear!! I will admire from afar ;)

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  2. So glad to know you are a fellow cara cara orange lover! Your porridge looks so comforting-too bad you had to wait so long to enjoy it. Love the orange photos!!

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  3. That is beautiful porridge:)I love cara cara oranges and am inspired to make some for breakfast on these chillier mornings. xo

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  4. I haven't had oatmeal since elementary school, but some of the variations I've seen lately make me think I might find it comforting and delicious! Yours is one example of a beautiful porridge~

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  5. Lovely and comforting!I must admit oatmeal has been my staple breakfast,the last few months and I love it.Especially the ones with flax and blueberries.Would love to try out your recipe now.Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Firstly, those shots of the blood oranges are stunning! The porridge looks like a bowl of comfort. The oranges on top make it so inviting. Beautifully done Shulie! xx

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  7. Shulie, your photographs are warm, inviting and moving - they do exactly what a image should do, leave me wanting to eat everything you make & photograph! I love porridge, especially with fruit mixed in.

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  8. Yum, love the combination of cardamon and orange, nice and bright.

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  9. Can't wait to give this a try! Love this!

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  10. THis looks terrific..love cara cara oranges, looks so pretty in the porridge. A belated Happy New Year :)

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  11. Visiting from citrus bloghop! So glad I stopped by, lovin' this simple nourishing breakfast. Cardeman, perfectly paired with orange!
    signed up for feeds, new subscriber! :)

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  12. LOL I used to hate porridge too and even now can't say I like it much. But can eat it. and yes I can imagine your face:) the blood orange sounds fantastic. With some fruit is the only way I can eat a porridge now.

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  13. love oatmeal with fruit in it this sounds wonderful too bad I can't get such beautiful oranges where we live only the common ones are available :( but I shall keep looking. Thanks for the sweet comment on my salad.

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  14. Gorgeous Shulie. I love everything about this post. The porridge, the spices...the blood oranges. yum. Happy New year sweets. xoxo

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  15. i love this idea of the simple oatmeal all dressed up! and love your pictures Shulie!

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  16. Oatmeal is so delicious and versatile. I love that cereal. This combo is wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  17. super healthy :) I need this recipe =), since we do not have the blood oranges facility in India. would stick to orange (color& fruit!). Thnx.

    xoxo
    http://sreebindu.blogspot.com/

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  18. Sounds like a real life fairy tale. I also have memories of being fed (sometimes force fed) porridge. These days I voluntarily have it many times a week. I have never tried with oranges though, never crossed my mind, yet. New to your site, interesting recipes

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  19. now that sounds good, I usually hate breakfast, this would be nice.

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  20. looks like delicious comfort food, love the vibrant color of the oranges...

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  21. Lovely photos & great, heartwarming recipe & story!Thanks for sharing the citrus-love, Shulie! Glad to cook along with you on this blog-hop!

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  22. i love the pinkish orange hues of the cara cara orange! and i love oatmeal. delicious clean healthy recipe! i love!

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  23. This sounds so delicious, and so easily veganized, too! I'll definitely be making this for breakfast soon. :)

    Sending some #citruslove your way!

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  24. This sounds so delicious, and so easily veganized, too! I'll definitely be making this for breakfast soon. :)

    Sending some #citruslove your way!

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  25. Semolina porridge was always a favorite of mine growing up, a really comforting way to start the day.

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  26. I loved oatmeal growing up and my mom would make a huge pot on Sunday mornings all winter long (2 or 3 months in Florida!) and whenever I woke up and wandered into the kitchen, I would finish off the pot no matter how much was there, no matter if anyone else had had a bowl. Loved it! Your version is really such an elegant version!

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  27. I love it! I will forever think of Goldilocks when I eat my porrage!! And your adding in cardamon sounds fabulous!! I'm making this tomorrow morning!!

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  28. Delicious way to start the morning. I am on oats for a long time. I just boil them and add salt and fat free milk, sometimes with cinnamon and strawberry and banana. I am going to try with oranges now :-)

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  29. Finally in front of the computer and can comment! My face is hurting from smiling...that's just how I imagined you and porridge, what can I say? My head is full of animated characters largely inspired by my FRIENDS!

    As usual, I loved the back story and photography!

    Thank you for the sweet mention. I had no idea I'd end up here again!

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  30. I have to look for those cara CAra oranges. I haven't seen any around here, just blood ones.
    I can only imagine your face as a child thinking about the breakfast porridge. :)
    Sending some #citruslove your way

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  31. Porridge was never my fav and even today I somehow don't like it much! having said that, your story and these photos have somehow convinced me to give this a try :)

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  32. First off, I love your nickname Goldilocks, so fun! I have never had porridge, but honestly you make it look, and sound AMAZING! Maybe because you added my favorite, cardamom, YUM:-) I still have not tried a blood orange, I know weird, but I will try one soon, promise:-) Hugs!!!

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