If you had asked me a year ago what I ate for breakfast, I would have told you:
Toast and marmalade, with a mug of coffee.
Or at the weekend: scrambled eggs.
I would probably have told you I preferred a home-baked wholemeal made with Shipton Mill flour, but because I lacked time, M&S Miller's Blend was a fair substitute.
And I was rather partial to Bonne Maman marmalade.
Under no circumstances!
The smell was enough to send me out of the room in horror.
Salty oats boiled in water until they stuck to the bottom of the pan?
And then I went to the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat.
There I discovered the joys of Bircher Muesli.
All sorts of grains and seeds soaked overnight in some kind of milk, served with fresh fruit?
But when I tried to recreate it on my return home, it was just too cold to face.
I chased it around the bowl with a pointy spoon in dismay and disappointment.
Maybe... maybe I could warm it up a bit..?
And so it was that I discovered the joy of porridge.
It didn't take long for me to start experimenting with actual "recipes".
Anna Jones's Goodness Breakfast with Maple Pears - yum! With fewer sesame seeds.
Her Baked Apple porridge with almonds is another favourite, though I don't mess about with ovens or cashew butter.
But really, all I need is a couple of tablespoons of some sort of flakey grain muesli base (I am partial to this gluten-free one), an overnight soak in soya milk, and some fresh fruit.
Three minutes in the microwave while the kettle boils for a herbal tea.
It's a revelation.