The food that has never let me down in life is porridge.
So said Marianne Faithfull . . .
These are wise words indeed.
Never more so than this week, when the Beast from the East is en route and we’re preparing to batten down the hatches.
Porridge has long been a faithful (pardon the pun) friend and here, at the BBB Deli, we’re expecting to make it in HUGE quantities over the coming days.
Enough to secure a place in the record books? Perhaps not, for the largest bowl ever made (in Ireland in 2012) weighed close to 1,400 kilograms, fed more than 5,500 people and took SIX HOURS to cook.
Having just done a quick kitchen inventory, we just don’t have a pan large enough here . . .
But rest assured, when it comes to our porridge, there’ll be more than enough to go around.
The creamiest kind, drizzled with honey, and topped with a homemade fruit compote, fresh berries, apple and cinnamon, nut butter or banana.
Porridge is believed to have been around (in one form or another) for more than 12,000 years, its inception thought to have helped spark the Neolithic Revolution and bring to an end the Stone Age.
Here at BBB HQ, we believe our take on this ancient favourite is as good as anything that has gone before.
It isn’t a claim we make lightly, for when it comes to porridge, we’ve done our homework . . .
DYK, for instance, that porridge should always be stirred clockwise (for luck)? Or that Madonna and Bill Gates are amongst those with a penchant? Or that the traditional stick used to stir the pot is called a spurtle (or sometimes a theevil)?
The fact that matters most to us, of course, is that porridge is HEALTHY (and boffins at Harvard have backed this up with an incredibly-in-depth study, involving 100,000 people, over a 14-year period) . . .
This being the case and all things considered, isn’t it time YOU gave it a try?
Porridge BBB-style, all that slow-release energy, that goodness, that warmth . . .
Now, more than ever, with the Beast from the East en route, the timing is PERFECT.
Like the aforementioned Marianne, the food that has never let us down in life is porridge.