This weekend Mr Cake and I are paying Christchurch a visit (we'll be doing this tomorrow, don't ask me why!) and this morning top of my agenda was visiting the Riccarton Farmers' Market in order to procure some Posh Porridge, which I've been wanting to try for aaages and today the stars finally aligned for us. This also meant I got to briefly meet Becs from Lovely Wee Days - she was madly busy preparing porridge for throngs of ravenous market-goers but was still very friendly and not at all stressed.
I didn't get a very good photo of the stand, sorry, but there are lovely jars of fruit compote along the front of the counter, and there are several different flavour choices for your porridge toppings, all of which sound incredible. You can also choose whether to have cream, milk or soy milk with your oats - it is basically pudding for breakfast, and if I thought I could get away with eating this every day without my arteries exploding I would!
Mr Cake chose the passionfruit curd, berry crush and coconut crumble porridge with milk. He does tend to shy away from the very sweet but still rated it very highly. The crumble worked excellently with the oats, which were creamy and fluffy without being goo. He would rather have had more porridge for the amount of topping but I think he's ridiculous and that the ratio was great so there's no winning that (actually, next time he might just ask for half as much topping and he'd be happy as Larry).
Mine was the decadent sounding white chocolate, raspberry compote and crumble, and I had cream (might as well go all out, right?) and it was just as good as it sounds. For me too the crumble was the standout, but having the fruit and extra creaminess and richness from the white chocolate lifted it further still. I couldn't finish it all as the serving was very generous - but I did make sure to get every last bit of crumble before relinquishing my bowl!
At $6 a bowl it's not cheap but is definitely a full meal on its own (I barely touched lunch, I was still so full from my porridge) and is very, very tasty. And the stallholders are very friendly too! I'll definitely be angling to try another flavour next time we're here.
Does dessert for breakfast sound like your cup of tea or do you prefer to impose pre-lunchtime austerity measures like Mr Cake?
Posh Porridge is available from the Riccarton Farmers' Market, Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Christchurch, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, www.facebook.com/pages/Posh-Porridge/