One of my favourite things about summer is the variety of fruit you can get hold of during this fantastic time of year. Peaches, Cherries, Nectarines, melons, all of the Berries, you name it, its in season and its yummy. And when I say yummy I mean tastes of sunshine yummy. Right now I am having a love affair with Nectarines. They are without a doubt the perfect things to bite into on a hot sunny day.
The bright yellow flesh is so sweet and appetising, I spend days dreaming of Nectarines. And whilst they are absolute perfection when eaten just as they are, they are handily the perfect addition to a plethora of meals. Add them to a Salad, Stir fry, Pasta dish, Barbecued Kebab – you name it – it works. And we haven’t even started talking about puddings! Pies, Tarts, Ice Cream, Crumble, they are a dream and by using such sweet fruit, you don’t really need to add any sugar.
With this in mind I have been thinking of other ways the Nectarine can make a cameo in my day. And I have come up with the ideal way to start the day.
Nectarine Porridge. Yes it sounds odd, but I have been trying to think up a way to make my daily breakfast that little bit more exciting and Nectarine is the answer!
Really this isn’t a recipe, more of a sweet way to start your day. But have a go, trust me it’s way more delicious and good for you than that daily bowl of cereal.
½ cup porridge oats (the key here is just pick a random mug and use that as your measure – just make sure you use the same mug)
1tsp ground oatmeal
1tsp linseeds (these aren’t necessary – they just add an extra health benefit, you could also try substituting these for Chia seeds)
11/4 cups of water
½ a nectarine
drizzle of honey
- In a small saucepan place the porridge oats, oatmeal and linseed, cover with the water. Put a lid on and leave this overnight to soak (if you don’t want to leave over night just don’t add the linseed)
- In the morning, add a dash more water and cook on a low heat for about 5mins, keep stirring/ keep your eye on this to make sure your porridge doesn’t stick or burn
- Chop up your nectarine
- Once your porridge is at a consistency you like (to make it more runny add more water) remove from the heat and pour into your bowl
- Drizzle some honey over and add your nectarines (you could also add something like some flaked or ground almonds to enhance this even further)
And that is it. A simple and healthy way to start your day, and a great use for Nectarines, all rolled into one!