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In the old times, all kinds of porridges formed the sturdy basis of the once so poor and narrow Finnish diet. Try this porridge as a healthy day starter!

250 ml water
less than 100 ml regular rolled oats
pinch of salt
(pat of butter)
25 g bilberries  —  fresh or frozen
25 g cranberries  —  fresh or frozen
25 g blackcurrants  —  fresh or frozen
1 - 2 tbsp honey

Although rolled oats take only about 15 minutes or less to cook, the porridge will be better if cooked for a little longer.

If using frozen berries, take them out of the freezer the night before, cover and let thaw in refrigerator.

Bring the water to the boil in a thick-bottomed saucepan, add the rolled oats, stirring with a wire whisk. Reduce the heat to minimum and let the mixture cook for a couple of minutes, stirring continually with a wooden spoon.

Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid and let the porridge simmer slowly for about 30 minutes. Stir every now and then to prevent the porridge from burning on the bottom or forming a skin on the surface. Season with salt (and a pat of butter). Spoon the hot porridge on a deep plate, add the berries on top and drizzle with honey.
Serves 1.

Note: if eating bilberries for the first time, you should be aware of the fact that they will stain your mouth and teeth blue, though not permanently!

Recipe source: family recipe.


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