Monday 9 July 2018

Mulgore Porridge - Warcraft, Battle For Azeroth

   Mulgore. Wide, expansive grasslands, mesas and bluffs, studded with tribal totem poles and burial grounds. Every tauren outpost and settlement within and across Mulgore's borders, regardless of surroundings, features the same muted atmosphere and quiet reverence of nature and spirituality. Inspired by Native American culture and customs, they're at one with nature and have found ways to harvest its bounty without upsetting the natural balance or compromising the love of the Earth Mother. They embody a great many philosophies which I hold fast to, and in fact what I think most of the world should try to adhere to. And yet, I've never been able to play a tauren. I've tried a number of times but I just can't do it. I have only one surviving tauren - a 101 feral druid - but I used my free character boost on her at Legion's release and I've barely touched her. That extra level of hers came from a few world even dungeons and mount attempts. She doesn't even have her artefact.
   Instead, the tauren are Seeg's favourite race - just as my first character was an undead warlock, his was a tauren druid who survives to this day, and it's his passion that has made me take notice of them and like them all the more, even if I can't seem to play them.

   Inspired by the local ingredients and conservative manner of their harvesting, this porridge is probably my favourite of all I've done for this project. It's the prettiest, the most nutritious, and the second most unique (wait for Khaz Modan on Thursday).
   Sweet potatoes colour, bulk and sweeten the porridge oat base, maca root powder gives in a superfood edge, while the blueberries streak their sweetness and the seeds and granola add crunch for a delightful shift in texture. And the whole thing counts as almost 2 of your 5 a day.

See also: Tirisfal Glades  ♥  Teldrassil


Serves 1
80g-100g sweet potato
30g oats
Optional 20g whey protein
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5g/2tsp maca root powder
100ml skimmed milk
100ml water
50g blueberries
10g granola/nuts/seeds
Optional honey to taste

1. Peel and chop a sweet potato. Set in a pan with hot water, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 12 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Overnight Oats
2. Combine oats, whey (if using), cinnamon and maca root in a bowl (or shaker bottle), then add the milk. Stir (or shake) until thoroughly mixed (and transfer to a bowl or jar). (Ignore the water)

3. Mix in the sweet potato.

4. Set in the fridge overnight.

5. If desired, heat the following morning by stirring in 50ml water and microwave for 1 minute the next morning, then 30 second bursts until satisfied with the texture. Add more water if needed. Top with blueberries and granola/nuts/seeds and serve. Drizzle with local honey if desired.

Oats on the hob
2. Boil 100ml water

3. Combine oats, whey (if using), cinnamon and maca root in a pan. Add the milk slowly, stirring as you go - this is especially important if you're using whey.

4. Mix in the sweet potato.

5. Stir in the hot water and mix again.

6. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low to thicken for 15-20 minutes.

7. Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with blueberries, granola, nuts and seeds and serve. Drizzle local honey if desired.

• I used MyProtein Maca
• I used Pulsin's Premium Whey
• I used Deliciously Ella original granola mix
• I took 1/3 of my blueberries and heated them for 30 seconds in the microwave to make them soft and to release juice. I put this on the porridge first, then put the remaining 2/3 blueberries on top.
• Always add honey after heating. The heat kills off the beneficial bacteria, just as it does with miso, sauerkraut, kefir and so on.

100g sweet potato; without 20g protein, without honey
337 calories, 4.5g fat (1g sat), 60g carbs (15g natural sugar, 4g added), 8g fibre, 11g protein, 1.5 of 5 a day
With protein, add 80 cals, 0.5g carbs, 18.5g protein


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