Thursday, 17 February 2011
Well never fear. Here in England we serve a variety of suitable alternatives to the full English, and as an indiscriminate democracy, we strive to cater for those with all manners of taste.
Indeed, many of the aforementioned eateries will gladly take one or more cooked breakfast items of your choosing, carefully place it (complete with congealed lard) between two thickly buttered slices of bread, and smoother with sugar rich condiments. Voila.
So perhaps I exaggerate the situation slightly, and of course it is possible to indulge on the odd bacon sarnie without breaking the calorie bank. Yet how many of us have actively searched for a more conventionally healthy breakfast with any degree of success? How many of us have walked past our local café, and been presented with a chalkboard boasting a ten item fruit salad?
Yes readers, as sad as it may be, when it comes to breakfast on the hoof, yoghurts and mueslis are no where to be seen, and even a bowl of cornflakes would seem to be as rare as ant truffles.
At least that’s what I thought.
Yesterday, I read an interesting article about Porridge (no kidding, it was actually interesting.) The article spoke about the resurgence in popularity of this rather old-fashioned breakfast item, and the keen uptake among coffee house proprietors, to offer the hearty, healthy, and fuel laden substance to its customers.
With this in mind, I embarked upon a little research; and to my surprise, found that several well known coffee shop and café chains, had added a range of porridge to their early morning breakfast menus.
After recovering from the shock and humiliation of not being aware of this fact beforehand, I decided that this discovery was worthy of further investigation.
So, over the next week or so, your self proclaimed Scoffing Cow will forgo her usual morning routine. Instead I will attempt the previously daunting concept of breakfast on the hoof, or more specifically, porridge on the hoof, and strive to sample some of the varieties on offer.
At the end of the week, I will diligently report back with my findings, in order to suggest whether us calorie counters are finally safe to leave the house in the morning, on an empty stomach, without risking a sausage sandwich slip-up or bacon bap blunder.
Of course porridge isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so for those adverse to its majesty, you may wish to look away now… or at least, within a week’s time.
Meanwhile for those of you with a greater appreciation, or at least a willingness to give it a go, watch this space.
… It’ll be oatstanding.
Posted by The Disgruntled Cow at 09:10