The writers here at JDL are working on articles for the December issue now. One of the articles we'll be featuring is about something as traditional and dull as porridge – which is actually having a comeback and has become quite trendy in several places. The fact that it's cheap, easy and healthy as well only makes it better of course.
So during our lunch break, when we all sit together, the conversation turns to the topic of porridge. Our oldest co-worker, Karen – about whom you can read in the November issue, by the way – is sitting at the table as well. She'll be turning 80 in just a few months and assists with production on Tuesdays, much to both her and our delight.
She happily starts telling us about her childhood but also her adult life, in which porridge was everyday food and something that could stretch the housekeeping money in a pinch. It's such a shame that so many good and hardy recipes are almost forgotten because we no longer make them. So here's a suggestion to all of you: Give a blank notebook to an older family member and ask her to write down all the good, old recipes in the book.
Like this one:
Oatmeal with Apple/Pear Sauce
Even something as plain and "boring" as oatmeal becomes delicious food when you add something new. We've made a fruit topping with apples and pears. The oatmeal is decorated with pear peel cut with a julienne slicer.
1/2 C (100 g) Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
Peel, core and chop the fruit. Boil fruit and sugar for 10-15 minutes until very soft. Add spices and season to taste. Set aside to cool. You can puree the fruit if you like. The fruit sauce can be frozen in small portions and thawed when you need it. It's also a delicious addition to many kinds of baked goods.
Please enjoy. /Vivian