For the dVerse “bon appetit” prompt, to write some food poetry, based on this morning’s breakfast:
7 am and grandad has already fed the chooks
and milked the cow.
Now he waits for his breakfast.
Grammy puts handfuls of oats into the big saucepan –
two handfuls per person
plus a couple for the pot.
Warm, creamy milk,
is poured in from the milking bucket.
Then we wait patiently as she stirs,
watching for the porridge to thicken.
Poured into bowls,
we add huge spoonfuls of grandad’s homemade jam –
paddy-melon, plum or strawberry.
0800 and the kids are fed and dressed,
Chromebooks and smartphones charged and packed,
and the car is disappearing through the gate.
Leaving me to WFH: some marking, some reading,
some online meetings.
But first –
half a cup of quick-oats,
and a cup of lite milk,
and into the microwave for 2.5 minutes.
Onto the table,
where a huge spoonful of my homemade jam is added –
apricot, plum or blackberry.
This morning I choose plum.
30 responses to “porridge”
Delish this – I so liked the homemade jam at the end – from then to now is not so far after all.
Thanks Peter. 🙂 The porridge isn’t quite the same, but the jam is pretty much like my grandfather used to make.
Nicely connected. I had never heard of paddy melon: learned something new. 😃
I’ve never eaten them, or seen them being eaten, as anything other than my grandfather’s jam. 🙂
I enjoyed this! I may even go back to eating porridge! JIM
Thanks Jim 🙂
I eat less chocolate if I have porridge for breakfast. 😀
Yes; delicious. For me: Apricot, please.
Thanks Ron 🙂 Apricot it is.
You had me worried there for a moment but your homemade jam saved the day! 😀
Porridge is still pretty good even made with low fat milk. 😀 But I could do without the online meetings.
Ah Kate, you bring real pleasure into my day! What a fine writer you are.
Thank you Sean ❤ ❤
A delicious pleasure to read. Yum. Enjoy your day, Kate. 💗 👏
Thank you Selma ❤ I hope you have a great day too.
I stir nutmeg into my oats. Cream over when dished. Yum! The difference in time, when people still had time.
I haven’t tried nutmeg, I’ll give it a go. Thanks for sharing that.
I think my grandparents had more time because they had fewer screens. 😀
”Fewer screens” – that’s a fact!
Marvellous! Chooks and a cow – it’s a hard convince that time means progress. I really enjoyed this, Kate. Thanks for writing to the prompt.
Thanks Misky, it was a great prompt! It stimulated so many good poems. I’m not convinced about progress either.
“Progress just means bad things happen faster” Granny Weatherwax.
Love this Kate!
Thank you ! 🙂
You can do the oats in any way, but the homemade jam is what is most important.
We use steel cut oats with our jam.
This is absolutely stellar writing, Kate 😀 I love porridge! ❤️❤️
Thanks Sanaa 🙂 ❤
I love porridge too. It's comfort food, but healthy.
This made me hungry specially the homemade jam. So well done.
Thanks Grace! 🙂
Ok, yum, memory and current ( if not currant)
🙂 I don’t currently have currant – my only attempt resulted in a horrible burnt mess.
Times change, memories don’t 😌 A great read. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thank you ❤