Patterson Porridge

So, my husband often talks about this special porridge he used to make for guests when he worked as a river guide. It’s unique, filling, satisfying and a complete meal in a bowl! Great as a meal when camping when you expect a big hike that day. Cheese is the star ingredient in this oatmeal…might sound a bit strange but sure is delicious!

Here is a picture of a page in the book “Trail to the Interior” by R.M. Patterson that explains how he made it. See below our rendition of this breakfast.


Ingredients (to serve two):
2/3 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon margarine or butter (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar or maple syrup
3 tablespoons raisins
1/4 cup skim milk powder
2 slices sharp cheddar cheese

1. Boil your water on the stove with your pinch of salt. Add oats, reduce heat to medium and stir frequently until cooked, about 2 minutes of so.
2. Once oats are cooked add remainder of ingredients except the cheese and stir well. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls.
3. Serve topped with slice of cheddar cheese!



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