Monday 2 July 2018

Tirisfal Glades Porridge - Warcraft, Battle For Azeroth

   Thorns. Fungi. Pockets of beauty, if melancholy, and an air of resignation to that fact. Setting aside the Dark Lady and her faithful Forsaken, this is the image I have of Tirisfal Glades. An undead warlock was the first character I ever made on World of Warcraft on my then-boyfriend's account. I got my own account and made her again, then changed server and made her again. This was back in late 2007, half way through The Burning Crusade and when the game was still relatively 'Vanilla' - at least by my standards.
   Tirisfal Glades features my favourite spot in the whole expansive world. The Ruins of Lordaeron. If you turn your sound all the way up and stand in the throne room for a while, you'll start to hear voices. They're clippings from the original Warcraft strategy games and revolve around the downfall of the kingdom. If you walk through the corridors you can hear the cheering of crowds welcoming Prince Arthas home. And there's blood on the throne room floor from when Arthas then killed his father, the king. In a game filled with undead, scourge and blight, this is the only truly 'haunted' place in the game.

    A new expansion is coming on August 14th - Battle For Azeroth. And a prelude to that expansion is the loss of Tirisfal Glades by the Horde. After the burning of Teldrassil, the Alliance strike the Undercity and home of Sylvanas, Dark Lady and Warchief of the Horde. Which means that, as a die-hard Horde fan, Tirisfal Glades and its haunted ruins will be lost to me.

   Inspired by the landscape of Tirisfal Glades, this porridge embodies the bleak shades and contrast of beauty and decay (yum), and is made from ingredients that would be found in the region. Except, perhaps, the toadstools. They're actually Oreo cream...

   Sour green apple provides a subtle body, while the blackberries add a sharp sweetness and great colour. The snapdragon flowers are edible, but very optional, as are the Oreo toadstools, which are the same as those I used on my forest wedding cake!
   The protein powder is also optional, but it will keep you full for longer, and you can add more oats if desired. The great thing about porridge is that if you add too many oats and it looks like it's getting too thick, you can add more water to thin it out.


Serves 1
30g rolled oats (or preferred)
100ml water
100ml skimmed milk
Optional 20g whey protein
65g blackberries
1 Granny Smith sour apple
Optional 1 Oreo
Optional Snapdragon flowers

Overnight oats
1. Peel, core and dice the apple and set in a saucepan over medium heat with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Mash the apple, if desired, then add the blackberries to the pan and heat for another 10 minutes.

3. Combine the oats and whey in a bowl (or shaker bottle). Slowly add the milk, stirring all the while(or add both to the bottle and shake, then transfer to a bowl).

4. Mix the apple and blackberries into the porridge and set in the fridge overnight.

5. If desired the following morning, add 50ml water and heat in the microwave 1x 1 minute on full power, stir, then 20-30 second bursts until the desired consistency is reached. Jump to step 6.

Oats on the hob
1. Boil the water.

2. Peel, core and dice the apple and set in a saucepan over medium heat with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Mash the apple, if desired, then add the blackberries to the pan and heat for another 10 minutes.

4. Stir in the oats and whey into the saucepan. Slowly add the milk, stirring all the while, then add the boiled water. Bring back to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, or until the desired consistency is reached.

5. Transfer to a bowl.

6. Toadstools - split 1 Oreo cookie and scrape off the cream, split in half and shape three small stalks and three hoods, and combine. If you wish to take a picture of your porridge, don't add the toadstools until you're ready to press the button. They may well melt. Making them out of meringue is a sturdier option, but it's also much more time consuming and results in wasted egg yolks and probably wasted meringue, too.

7. Arrange flowers and toadstools, serve immediately.

• I sourced my snapdragon flowers from Fine Foods Specialist. Check the notes of my Chocolate Hazelnut Porridge recipe for info on using these flowers.
• I used Pulsin premium whey

Without 20g whey or Oreo
250 calories, 3g fat, 47g carbs (24g sugar, all natural), 7g fibre, 4g protein, 2 of 5 a day
For porridge with whey, add: 80 cals, 0.6g carbs, 18.6g protein
For the Oreo, see the info on the packet. 


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