Is savoury oatmeal disgusting, and what rum goes best in vegan rum and raisin ice cream?
After always discovering food trends about three years after they've passed, so I was delighted to find out that savoury porridge (that's oatmeal to you if you're on the other side of the Atlantic) is still Officially A Thing.
I'd been mulling for a while if savoury oatmeal (that's savoury porridge to you if you're on this side of the Atlantic) would be amazing or disgusting. After a quick bit of Googling, it seems that a lot of people think it's worth sticking down their necks. I decided to join them.
I thought I'd Japanese it up, because I love Japanese food, really. Instead of making it with soy milk like my breakfast porridge, I used konbu dashi and a bit of soy sauce. Once it was cooked through, I stirred in some asparagus, spring onions, as well as sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, and topped with sesame oil.
The verdict? Yeah, pretty good. It's not something I'd want to eat for breakfast, but I could go a bowl at lunch every now and again. Bonus points for being something I could cook in the microwave at work.
Mind you, it loses some of those bonus points for reminding me a bit of my first, last and only bowl of congee to date. I had my first taste of congee, another type of savoury porridge but made with rice, it reminded me a bit of what I guess eating snot would be like. (Nope, in case you were wondering, I've never tried it, but thanks to congee I was force to use my imagination on the subject.) Anyway, savoury porridge reminded me of that.
Is that just psychological? I eat porridge almost every morning, but it doesn't have that snotty texture. Is it the made with water vs made with milk thing? Someone call a porridge scientist, the not knowing is just eating me up.
Talking of eating it all up, this was more like it. Where you're from, fish tacos might be normal fodder, but I decided to break my duck on a vegan version.
There's some VBites fish style fingers in there, with some carrot, maybe some avocado and some leaves, I guess.
Another flavour I always think of as being very English is rum and raisin. Whenever I was a kid and we'd go on day trips to the beach, we'd always get an ice cream. My dad would always get rum and raisin, which me and my brother would pronounce as disgusting and have vanilla or chocolate instead.
A few decades later, I kind of think my dad had a point. Rum and raisin is one of the best ice cream flavours you can get. Chocolate, sorry, I've moved on. Vanilla, you're dead to me. The sad thing is that rum and raisin doesn't seem to be a thing any more in omni world, let alone in vegandom.
Which leaves you with only one option, right? Vegan soft serve! Note to self: there are very few things that can't be solved with vegan soft serve. So: rum and raisin. First, soak your raisins in rum for half an hour or so. Chuck one frozen banana in the blender with a splash of milk. When all is suitably blended, stir in your rummy raisins. Stir, put it all into a dish and pour over more rum.
And because I love you guys, I've tested this out extensively and I can report that the rum you need for this is Stroh. You're welcome.