Andreas CarverComment

Everyday Porridge

Andreas CarverComment
Everyday Porridge

It's Nurturing, It's Loving; It's Gratitude.  

Like the seal of a baggie being pulled apart, your eyes open. Moisture lines your eyelids and you wake up to a sun drenched room. It’s Saturday. “What's happening today?”

You peel the covers away, light an incense, and begin with your morning time playlist. Sit with a glass of water; relax. Breathe in the excitement that will make the day and breathe out the past of yesterday.

Allow yourself a moment and then approach.


The espresso brewing on the stove moves with the tunes that play behind you, and you begin to prepare yourself a nice pot of porridge. Breakfast can be so easily thrown out, for we are too busy or always running late.

A garden can’t flourish without soil, so how can one run without fuel? 

The almond milk bubbles and the spiciness of the ginger and cinnamon roll through your kitchen. Your house is almost holiday like, which makes you smile. Slowly your oats start to thicken. The glutenous texture grabs hold of your fat wooden spoon, for he is almost ready. You squeeze in the taffy like honey giving the bland oats some sweetness. Switching off the flame you scoop the charming cereal into a bowl and dress it up with some apricot jam, coconut flakes, and lightly chopped nuts.

Your first bite is sweetcrunchy, and tart. It’s nurturing, it’s loving; it’s gratitude. 

When we cook for ourselves, we mother our inner child, we heal personal ailments, and we applaud the work we put into us everyday. Cooking for one shouldn’t be depressing or lonely because it provides you with a special relationship that is often overlooked; the relationship you have with yourself.

Photo by Geremy Campos

Photo by Geremy Campos

Photo by Geremy Campos


Everyday Porridge

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey

  • A handful of chopped nuts (your choice)

  • A handful of shredded coconut

  • A spoonful of apricot jam

  • 2 cups Almond Milk 

  • 1 cup oats (I use GF for allergy reasons, either will do)

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1/2 coconut oil

  • Pinch of salt

  1. Bring 2 cups of almond milk to a rapid simmer and pour in oats

  2. Stir the pot, allowing the oats to absorb the milk

  3. Bring the milk to a low simmer and add your cinnamon stick, coconut oil, pinch of salt, ground ginger, and honey

  4. Allow the oats to thicken and take off of heat once you have your desired texture. (If you like yours thicker, allow more time)

  5. Scoop your sweet cereal into a bowl and top with nuts, coconut flakes, and jam.


"I make this oatmeal once a week and I change it up. I use different jams, add in fresh fruit, or I will just eat it plain. Try it out in different ways! The coconut oil and cinnamon stick really give it a little something, so keep those and play around."