Relative measuring: Oats and teacups

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

On a wet and windy morning, there's nothing better than a solid bowl of oat porridge... 'It sticks to your bones', some say, and it definitely sets you up for the day.

But we all like it differently... Some more liquidy, others more gloppy. Of course the pro's use exact measurements, but when you're on the road or exploring a friend's presses the morning after a big night out, you might not have a measuring cup to hand.

So here's my tip for making consistently solid porridge no matter the situation...

Relative measurements

What you figure out is the basic oats-to-water ratio that gets you the porridge you love.

I am a fan of the 2-to-1 ratio; that being 2 parts water, 1 part oats. 

Every morning I get out any old teacup, fill it about half way up with oats, pour it in a saucepan, and then pour a full teacup's worth of water on top, and we're in business.

Tried and tested in Ireland, England, Wales, Virginia, Germany and Japan... with this basic method under my belt, I'm never without a comforting consistency in my morning porridge.

-- Ian Russell (


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