Monday 23 July 2018

Durotar Porridge - Warcraft, Battle For Azeroth

   Durotar. Dry, dusty, inhospitable; what little water there is dragged tragedy behind it. Beasts are scarce, and they are vicious. Plants equally so. Only the strong survive. Even gathering fruit is a hazard.
   But the orcs who make it their home are hardy and stubborn, and they have cut a life for themselves from the bare rock, building the great city of Orgrimmar, capital of the Horde whose origin lies in their own tumultuous past.

   This Durotar porridge draws directly upon the resources most easily gathered - but this fruit bites back. Prickly pears, cactus fruit, grows within their city, and has a high water and nutritional content. It's a shocking, almost bloody magenta, and is covered in spines and sharp hairs. But, once de-pricked and the hairs are scrubbed away, the peeled fruit has a delicious watermelon flavour. But the seeds are very, very hard. They are edible, but caution is advised - not that that's a problem for orc teeth and jaws. But as far as the rest of us go, it's easy enough to puree or boil the fruit and strain the seeds out.

See also: Tirisfal Glades  ♥  Teldrassil  ♥  Muglore  ♥  Khaz Modan  ♥  Stranglethorn Vale  ♥  Dun Morogh


Serves 1
30g rolled oats (or preferred)
100ml water
100ml skimmed milk
2 prickly pears
Optional 20g whey protein

1. Slice the ends off of the pears and make a cut down the length into the fruit to break through the skin. Peel it away and discard.

2. Cut the fruit into chunks and set in a saucepan with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5-7 minutes and mash with a fork. Do not drain.

Overnight Oats
3. Combine oats and whey in a bowl (or shaker bottle). Stirring all the while, slowly add the milk until combined (or shake in the bottle and transfer to a bowl).

4. Add the fruit and liquid to the bowl and mix to combine. Set in the fridge overnight.

5. The following morning, if desired, add 50ml water and heat in the microwave on max power for 1 minute, stir, then microwave again for 20-30 second bursts, stirring in between, until desired consistency.

Oats On The Hob
3. Combine the oats and whey in the pan with the warmed fruit. Slowly, stirring all the while, add the milk, then the water, and combine all together.

4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes until desired consistency is reached.

5. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

• I got my prickly pears from Fine Foods Specialist. It's not cheap, which is why I've been sourcing alternatives to the fruit, but if you want the real thing, this is the only way. However, you do get 10 fruits, which can make lots of things.
• I used Pulsin premium whey.
• A page detailing the preparation of prickly pears.

Without 20g whey
230 calories, 3.5g fat (0.5g sat), 43g carbs (7.5g natural sugars), 11g fibre, 9g protein, 1.5 of 5 a day
With whey, add: 80 cals, 0.6g carbs, 18.6g protein


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