There’s something about the word porridge that brings to mind nursery rhymes and simmering cauldrons.  To be honest, porridge wasn’t in my lexicon, or in my cooking repertoire (apart from oatmeal, but that’s its own species), until I started feeding Ella solid foods when she was a baby (the same time that Little Miss Muffet re-entered my vocabulary).  I found a great book on making porridges for babies from various grains and seeds, from barley to oats, rice, millet and quinoa.  Soon I began to eat them too, admittedly at first out of lack of sleep and new-mom hunger (I won’t confess to the number of times I ate baby food slathered on bread and called it a sandwich).  Ella has since had porridge almost every weekday morning (weekends are reserved for pancakes and French toast) and still loves it.  So do I.  Millet is hands-down our favorite.  It has a gentle, nutty and almost sweet flavor with none of the sliminess you sometimes get with oatmeal (oatmeal also gives me sinus headaches; odd but true). It’s a warming, nutritious breakfast, and, best of all, the millet can be made ahead.  I make a batch at the start of the week, then reheat portions in the morning, adding in whatever flavorings I’m in the mood for: cinnamon and/or cardamom; coconut oil, butter or ghee; dried and/or fresh fruit (depending on what we’ve got); applesauce or stevia for sweetness; a sprinkle of hemp, chia and/or flax seeds; kelp granules; and a drizzle of milk.  Ella eats it all.

Fall has hit us with her customary back-to-school fervor.  Post-Labor Day has seen a number of new work projects fall on my lap, along with cooler days and chilly mornings.  Now more than ever I crave a warming, nutritious breakfast.  Luckily it’s one I can share with my daughter.  While the millet porridge doesn’t come from a simmering cauldron, nursery rhymes often do find their way to the table.



  1. Tanya
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    This post makes me smile! I can’t wait to make this for my family. Thank you!

    • nickisizemore
      Posted September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Tanya! Happy cooking :)

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