A frequent breakfast for most people in Scotland is porridge (parritch, oatmeal). This dish hasn’t changed much in the years since it’s arrival in human diet. Today, you can add flavours and seasonings to your porridge, but here is the basic recipe as eaten by most of the Scotsmen in the Outlander novels.

Scottish Parritch

One pint (half litre) water or milk
2.5 ounces (2.5 rounded tablespoons) medium-ground oats
Pinch of salt

Bring the water to a rolling boil. Slowly pour in the oatmeal, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon (in a clockwise manner). Keep stirring until the mixture begins to boil and reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer very gently for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the salt and simmer and stir for a further 5-10 minutes. It should be a thick but pourable consistency. (Serve in wooden bowls with double cream)

Source: Rampant Scotland

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