What does a Hobbit eat? It’s a question that’s been on my mind since hearing that the new film ‘The Hobbit: An unexpected journey’ was being released. Of course there has to be Porridge in a Hobbit’s diet, (of course I’m biased ;-). It’s perfect food for providing sustained energy for all those unexpected journey’s, fighting orcs and slaying dragons.
What would a Hobbit put on his Porridge? Well I was enthralled and entertained by the film scene when the Dwarfs raided poor Bilbo Baggins larder. Stocked with dried and preserved foods, fresh fruits, bread and buns it was not only my dream larder but also gave me the inspiration for my Hobbit-y Porridge recipe….
- Serves two (hungry Hobbit’s!)
- Cooking time: 10 mins
3 generous tablespoons of hazelnuts
2 mugs of jumbo oats
2 mugs of water
2 mugs of full cream milk
2 generous handfuls of barley flakes
2 generous handfuls of rye flakes
2 tablespoons of preserved berries (frozen berries or a good fruity jam can be used)
In a frying pan toast the hazelnuts.
Then set the nuts aside to cool.
Into a large saucepan pour the cups of oats, water and milk and stir well.
Place the saucepan over a high heat and bring the oats to the boil stirring constantly.
Once the oats have come to the boil reduce heat to a simmer and continue to stir regularly.
After 5 mins add the barley and rye flakes. You don’t want to cook them too much as these flakes will add some chew and texture to the Porridge.
Once the oats have turned into a nice creamy Porridge remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.
Then chop the hazelnuts into rough chunks.
Pour the Porridge into bowls.
Spoon in the berries and swirl through the Porridge.
Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the top.
Serve hot (hobbit-y wooden spoon optional) eat all and prepare for your adventure 🙂