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Making porridge the traditional Scottish way
Porridge a traditional Scottish meal

Before making a bowl of delicious Scottish porridge, let us explore this healthy meal. There are many varieties of oats on the market that can satisfy all tastes.

Oats are readily available at most major supermarkets and convenience stores. The different kinds of oats depend on how they were processed. Some varieties include rolled oats, steel cut oats, and lesser-known oat groats.

Interestingly enough, ~The word porridge comes from the old Scots porage. Oat porridge was found in the stomach contents of five-thousand-year-old Neolithic bog bodies dug up in central Europe and Scandinavia. Doing porridge is British slang for imprisonment and came about because porridge was once the traditional breakfast in UK prisons~. (Quoted text is taken from Scottish Miscellany by Jonathan Green)

Here, in America porridge is known as oatmeal, and it is the favorite cereal of many. Parents feed their children oatmeal every morning because they know the importance of its fiber and nutrients. The fiber in porridge or oatmeal is essential for a balanced diet for young and old alike. This simple meal is quick and easy to make while its flavoring can be very diverse. Here are a few ideas to add flavor to a porridge bowl:

Plain porridge with salt
Porridge with sugar and milk
Porridge with butter and brown sugar
Porridge with cinnamon and raisins
Porridge with cranberries and honey
Porridge with chopped dates

Ideas for seasoning a bowl of oats are infinite. Just add your favorite flavorings to this traditional Scottish Porridge recipe. Be sure to pick the best quality Scotch porridge oats. There are several oat brands in the market but nothing is better than the original.

Here is our recipe for a traditional Scotch Porridge:

1 cup of Scotts porage rolled oats
3 cups of cold water or milk (could use half/half)

Instructions: Boil rolled oats in water or milk on a medium setting on the stove stirring constantly until it thickens to your desired preference, then turn off the heat and serve.

Read more about oats varieties
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