What made you write a book about porridge? First of all, I have always loved and eaten a lot of porridge. I have also collected recipes for a long time and thought it was time for a book dedicated to only porridge.
Meet Vibeke Klemetsen. She is one of those Mothers that seem to do it all. Not only is she juggling three kids, she is also a TV-presenter, co-owner of a sports brand, a yoga instructor, oh, and she won the Norwegian version of Master Chef in 2013. Vibeke just released a book about healthy and hearty porridge. We did a small interview with Vibeke and also picked out a few favorites from her book Grøt.
What are your favourite toppings? There are endless of yummy toppings, but I really like fresh berries, goji berries and nuts, as well as various powder we make ourselves of dried fruits etc. (recipe in the book). Almond Milk is also a must on my porridge.
What are the kids favorites? It varies. Liam (5 yrs old) likes both oatmeal and rice porridge, Leona (3 yrs old) loves oatmeal. I usually try to sneak in some other ingredients to make it slightly more nutritious and exciting. Sophie, who is 16 yrs old, enjoys most of the porridge I make, and is now experimenting by herself with different kinds.
Barley porridge (4 portions)
In this recipe we use only barley. It's lighter in color than oats and has a slightly milder taste. It takes a little longer to make, since it's suppose to only simmer not boil, but it's so worth the wait. It get's a fantastic consistency and barley alone is healthy and nutritious and is a good source of proteins.
You will need: • 2 dl barley • 1 l of full fat milk • ½ teaspoon of salt
This is how you do it: • Let barley lie in cold water overnight. • Strain the barley to remove the water. • Bring the milk to a boil, add the flour and let the porridge draw for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. • add a little bit of salt. • For added flavour the porridge can be cooked with a vanilla pod or a whole cinnamon stick.
Oatmeal is a great way to start of your day!. It gives your body everything it need in a balanced combination. One portion of oatmeal represents a significant proportion of the daily requirement for both protein and calcium.
Oatmeal (4 portions)
You will need: • 4 dl oatmeal • 8–9 dl water • ½ teaspoon of salt
This is how you do it: • Mix oatmeal and water. • Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for 2–6 minutes. Stir occasionally. • Season with salt. Enjoy it with cold milk and your favourite berries and nuts.
Keep up with Vibeke and her busy day-to-day life on her blog.