When we were in Russia for our honeymoon aboard the transmongolian railway, we discovered small packets of instant, fruity porridge. Just add hot water from the samovar, and there's your breakfast. I'd never seen these before (not that I'd really looked), but we lived on them while we were on the train.
As we started preparing for Greenland, where we'd be camping, I realised I wanted to get something similar to take with us. But I couldn't find anything comparable in the UK - and a shopping trip to Russia was sadly out of budget.
Well, you all know I like a challenge...
I started with our everyday porridge recipe, converted everything to dried form, and experimented with just adding hot water. The final product tastes pretty similar to the Russian version.
Homemade Instant Fruit Porridge (Makes approx. 25 servings)
6 cups porridge oats
1 cup + 2tbsp dried milk powder
¾ cup sugar
1½ cup freeze-dried fruit (e.g. raspberries or strawberries)
- Put the oats into a food processor, and whizz until they're finely ground.
- Mix all ingredients together in a tub with an air-tight seal, or a large plastic food bag.
- Your instant porridge is now ready to travel!
- When you want to eat it, scoop ⅓ cup per person into a bowl or mug, and add ½ cup boiling water. Stir thoroughly and leave it a couple of minutes for the oats to absorb the water. You can add a little more water to get your desired texture.