Multi-Grain Porridge with Boysenberries and Coffee


This is the beginning of my exploration into the best breakfast ever. I don't mean the most delicious, but I hope the best breakfast is also delicious. I mean the breakfast that satiates me and carries me through the morning with energy, passion and focus. 

I start with an old standard. My mom fixed us this meal (minus the coffee) growing up, I ate it through college and it is still a standby.

This is Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Multi-Grain hot cereal, with my friend Brien's homemade Icey Strait boysenberry jam. It's fast and easy for me, and when I run out boysenberry heaven, I'll move on to Mom's applesauce or Pete and Dan's mom's peach preserves.




Bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in cereal and immediately turn heat to very low, continuing to stir until cereal and water are blended. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with cinnamon, a dollop of jam and milk. Makes 4 servings. 

Single serving instructions:
Bring 3/4 cup water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add 1/4 cup dry cereal, reduce heat to very low and let cook to desired consistency, about 7 - 10 minutes. Makes about 3/4 cup. Top with with cinnamon, a dollop of jam and milk.

Right After Eating: I love this breakfast. It makes me think of my mother, who probably had the same thing for her breakfast. I feel cozy and special while eating it, and the tiny cup of coffee feels like such a treat!

Two Hours Later: At first, this was amazing. I felt like a princess AND a champion. I zoomed to work on my bicycle! After my first client, though, I was super thirsty and was having trouble focusing. I had a major energy crash, and was ravenous and grouchy by lunch.