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From what I can tell this is oatmeal in the U.S., and it appears that we both use milk and some sort of sweetener in it as a breakfast meal.

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Pretty much. I had a bowl for breakfast after clearing the snow off the sidewalk and driveway.  I cooked it with dried cranberries, dried apples, chopped walnuts and some cinnamon.

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Yes, it's porridge oats (also porage, but that's related to the Quaker branding).

Everywhere but Scotland it's made with milk, either soaked overnight and served cold, or made with milk and heated (I use the microwave). Sweetened with sugar or honey, typically, but people throw all sorts of nonsense in there, like blueberries and such.

In Scotland, it's traditionally made with hot water and salt, but I suspect that most people up there don't actually do it that way.

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I've always cooked oatmeal in water with a pinch of salt.  I'm sure plenty of people use milk since the directions on the box say to use water or milk, but I always seemed to scorch the milk when I was a kid so I stuck with water and added milk to the bowl when I ate it.

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17 hours ago, DB said:

Yes, it's porridge oats (also porage, but that's related to the Quaker branding).

Everywhere but Scotland it's made with milk, either soaked overnight and served cold, or made with milk and heated (I use the microwave). Sweetened with sugar or honey, typically, but people throw all sorts of nonsense in there, like blueberries and such.

In Scotland, it's traditionally made with hot water and salt, but I suspect that most people up there don't actually do it that way.

That's how my Irish mum made it.  It would then be served with milk and sugar.  I make it the same way unless I'm using instant oatmeal from a single serve packet (which is almost always).

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On 1/9/2024 at 9:35 AM, Harold Jones said:

Pretty much. I had a bowl for breakfast after clearing the snow off the sidewalk and driveway.  I cooked it with dried cranberries, dried apples, chopped walnuts and some cinnamon.

 

With me it's just water boiled oatmeal and a 'dollop' of plain yogurt--though one morning I found that my cat liked it too ( I caught her licking my half finished meal out of my bowl---poor sweet Meow Meow! It was too funny to make me angry)

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I use rolled oats made with water, seasoning and stuff chicken with it.  Made much thicker than others may take it but good as an alternative to porkik sausage or horse meat asa they say in Yorkshire.

 

Essentially it takes on the flavours of the herbs etc that you add to it.

 

I also make it thick with peanut butter and sultanas or thaever dried fruit for birds and other wildlife.  Made very thick and allowed to set into a loaf before cutting into slices.

 

Again you can use rolled oats as an alternative to bread in a traditional bread pudding with suet being either traditional or vegetarian.

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