Scandinavian porridge

When I started this blog, I told myself to post at least once a week something new. This week I broke my own rule. It was a busy week, but today I finally took the time to share this recipe with you.

Last Wednesday I visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, our national art and history museum. My boyfriend and I were very impressed by all the exhibitions. There's also a beautiful library in the building which is worth visiting. But the most impressive was the Hall of Fame, with art by famous painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.

A painting which really struck me was Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters by Hendrick Avercamp. The scene is so typical Dutch, even centuries later. It almost, almost, makes you long for winter.

Later that day we took a stroll through the city and had lunch at a nordic place called Scandinavian Embassy. They serve really good coffee and Scandinavian food. My bofriend had rye bread with brown cheese and I ordered a bowl of blueberry porridge. The word porridge is in Dutch translated as pap or brij. Two words that don't make you crave porridge I can tell you. But the word porridge has a nice ring to it. I asked the guys over at Scandinavian Embassy for some advise on how they made their favorite porridge and tried to make it at home. With my own twists and tweaks. See if you like it!


Scandinavian porridge with blueberries

1/2 cup instant oats
1 cup water
1 tsp coconut oil
A pinch of ground vanilla
1/3 cup blueberries
3 tbsp water
1 tsp (raw) honey
1 tsp açaí powder (optional)

Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and add the oats and vanille. Stir well. Make sure the oats are coated with the coconut and vanilla. Toast for a couple of minutes over low heat.

Add the blueberries, the honey, water, and the açaí powder to the blender. Mix.

Boil water and add the oats. Again, stir well. After a couple of minutes spoon the blueberry mixture into the oats and combine.

Serve with some goat yogurt. You can add whatever toppings you like, such as fresh fruit or coconut flakes.