Every now and then I'm prompted to try it again , so when I saw Quaker's Multi Grain on the supermarket shelf it seemed worth widening my porridge-bound breakfast horizons . Oats , rye and barley !
If you really must have a go , ignore the cooking instructions entirely . Instead , unless you're smaller than a Borrower , mix two sachets of the stuff with extra water and bring to the boil , stirring ... you're aiming for the consistency of runny honey ... cook for 4-5 minutes , only letting it thicken/solidify at the end . Eat with lots of cream . Or , better still , throw it away and keep the cream for something nice .
I'll go back to making porridge my grandmother's way , soaking the oats overnight in water and then cooking slowly with a pinch of salt . A ham on rye sandwich for lunch and chicken soup with pot barley for supper will provide me with all three grains digestibly .
But I inadvertently discovered an instant answer to the 40 A Week quest when I grabbed a tuna and tomato sandwich at a station buffet on Tuesday . It tasted unremarkable if rather mayonnaise-y . BUT , when I read the list of contents I was astonished to see that it had 53 ingredients ! To be fair , 4 were water and 5 were E numbers but even so ... one of these a week and I could give up the whole attempt to include amaranth and goji berries in normal meals .
Anyway , if I'm in need of a change , our local supermarket has just started stocking chocolate covered grasshoppers ...