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The skies were dark, the wind was howling, I looked out onto the street in front of our little house and not a soul in sight.  I jumped back into bed and decided that I was not getting back out again today!  After much sulking, I decided that I would have to get up.  Unimpressed and dressed like a Eskimo, I headed down stairs.  Realising that my mood was not the best (and the weather was partly to blame for this) I decided to have a cup of ambition to get me started.  Now I am sure that there are people out there, who feel my suffering.  I just can not function properly without my morning cup of coffee.  It is the only cup that I will drink for the day but I simply can not wake up properly without one.

While my brain was working at a million miles an hour, contemplating what to do on this typical Irish rainy day, I pondered on what to have for breakfast.  Yes I am a huge breakfast fan.  A food fan in general, but I love my breakfast.  It is such an important meal to start the day and eating the right power foods can really get those brain cells working and I need every working cell I can get!

As I rummaged through the kitchen cupboards, it started to look like a full Irish breakfast was on the cards. I knew that my Fiancé would be a happy man! But I continued to search the cupboards, simply because I was being lazy and the thought of standing over a stove for longer than 10 minutes this morning was deeply depressing.  It was at this time, that I found an old-time favourite.

Good old-fashioned Irish oats.

The cold rainy dark day outside, begged me to make something warm, creamy and nourishing and this was it!  It was as if it was sent from the gloomy skies above!

Not only is oats such a simple and quick breakfast dish to make, it beats the spattering of oil, from frying those eggs and the health benefits are tremendous. This humble heart-warming favourite, aids in lowering bad cholesterol and makes for a happy heart, it is also packed full of fibre which is beneficial for improved intestinal health. As an added treat, I add a tablespoon of bran a few blueberries, a dash of cinnamon and a generous spoonful of honey and l have a wholesome hearty breakfast.

Irish Oats

Serves 1 person


3 Tablespoons Irish Oats

1 Tablespoon Irish Bran

270ml Milk

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of cinnamon


Put oats and bran into a small pot.  Add the milk and over a moderate heat, bring to the boil.  Stirring continuously ensuring that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.  When the oats starts boiling, add the pinch of salt and cinnamon.

Reduce the heat and continue to stir for 1-2 minutes.

Spoon oats into a porridge bowl and add a generous handful of blueberries and a spoonful of honey.

For a slightly more indulgent breakfast, every once in a while why not use half cream and half milk.  The creaminess caresses your taste buds and sets you straight for a great day!

Enjoy your hearty wholesome breakfast!!

Heart healthy oats

Old fashioned oats