Monday 16 July 2018

Stranglethorn Porridge - Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth

   Thick, tangled and muggy, riddled with coiled snakes, prowling raptors and quiet, watchful gorillas, studded with carven stones and smothered with lianas. And through it all, a sense of being hunted - by more than mere beast. Stranglethorn Vale, the home of the Darkspear trolls before they were driven out by the larger tribes and laid claim to the Echo Isles, is a wild and tropical place, split between sunlight and the shade of enormous trees, but bountiful, too.
   Trolls are one of my favourite races - my hunter, Daeaye, and rogue, Tizali, are both trolls, and with the coming expansion, I'm very keen to make a Zandalari. Shaman or Druid, I haven't decided. I wish there was a voodoo class. And trolls' association with dinosaurs is an additional win. You know me. I love my dinos

   This porridge is inspired by their tropical jungle homeland, and it was great fun to do. In place of water, I used coconut water, and the porridge is sweet with dragonfruit, green with kiwi and chunky with star fruit, and topped with more dragonfruit and star fruit. It's a wonderfully refreshing bowl, and the ingredients, bar the dragonfruit, aren't too hard to source. Evenso, I bought most of it online. See my notes below for how to prep and store dragon fruit, as well as where I sourced it (UK).

See also: Tirisfal Glades  ♥  Teldrassil  ♥  Muglore  ♥  Khaz Modan


Serves 1
30g rolled oats (or preferred)
60ml skimmed milk
100ml coconut water (or plain, if preferred)
1 star fruit (carambola)
70g dragon fruit (pitaya)
1 kiwi
Optional 20g whey protein

1. Peel and chop the kiwi, then blend until more or less liquified. You're using the whole thing, not just the juice, so it doesn't need to be smooth. Remove and set aside.

2. Slice the star fruit and set three thin slices aside for garnish. Chop the rest into chunks and blend as you did the kiwi. Remove and set aside.

3. Slice your dragon fruit and scoop out the flesh like you would an avocado. A melon baller gives great little scoops! You'll have to carve out the whole thing - see the link under Notes for storage of excess dragonfruit for days to weeks. This is also important if you're making overnight oats.

4. Weigh out 70g of prepared dragonfruit - I recommend using the messiest pieces, then add a few attractive pieces. The messy pieces will be mashed up, and the pretty ones reserved to go on top.

Overnight Oats
5. Combine the oats, prepared kiwi, prepared star fruit and whey in a bowl (or shaker bottle) and, stirring all the while, pour in the milk, then the coconut water (or shake in the bottle and transfer to a bowl). Mix in the mashed dragon fruit, minus the pretty pieces.

6. Set in the fridge overnight.

7. Heat the next morning, if desired, microwave for 1 minute, stir, then microwave for another minute. Continue for 20-30 second bursts, stirring in between, until desired consistency is reached. Add a tablespoon or so of water if needed.

8. Arrange star fruit slices and dragonfruit on top and serve.

Oats On The Hob
5. Combine the oats and whey in a saucepan. Slowly, stirring all the while, add the pureed star fruit and kiwi, then the milk, then the coconut water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer for 15 or so minutes, until desired consistency is reached.

6. Arrange star fruit slices and dragonfruit on top and serve.

• I sourced my star fruit and dragonfruit from Fine Foods Specialist.
• I used Pulsin premium whey.
• I used Rebel Kitchen coconut water (it's pink!)

Without 20g whey
260 cals, 3g fat, 49.5g carbs (24g natural sugars), 8.5g fibre, 7.5g protein, 2 of 5 a day
For porridge with whey, add: 80 cals, 0.6g carbs, 18.6g protein


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