Breakfast, Quick Recipes

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

September 17, 2015

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Yesterday was the first day the knee high leather boots had to come out because not only was it chilly but the rain just seemed never ending. I guess that’s London for you, Summer is hit or in this year’s case a complete miss (minus the 5 days we all enjoyed), and the bleak weather can often leave me feeling homesick. When the temperatures drop and the clouds take over it is a clear indication that the season for comfort foods is fast approaching if not already here. Comfort foods are very personal. If we were all to make a list of our favourite ones the dishes would be very different but what we feel when we eat them would be very similar. In short the dishes that make us feel warm and cuddly inside, or brighten up a dreadful day, or transport us to our favourite places and make us relive our finest memories; those are comfort foods. I have many but one would have to be Cornmeal Porridge. 

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Jamaica is big on porridge, we have so many different types: Plantain Porridge, Peanut Porridge, Hominy Corn Porridge, Oats Porridge, Banana Porridge and of course Cornmeal Porridge, which is hands down my favourite. Porridge is a great way to start the day because it is filling and so easy and quick to make. Aside from the practical benefits, the truth is I love cornmeal porridge because of the spices and ultimately the sweetness just makes me happy. I will go through periods where every day I am craving porridge and then I will leave it alone for weeks before the addiction returns and I am up early in the morning convincing friends to come with me for a drive to Juici Patties before the 7am traffic hits to go and buy some cornmeal porridge.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

My helper, “Little Miss” used to make a wicked Cornmeal Porridge and I remember begging her to pour some of the condensed milk in the palm of my hand, which I would lick until breakfast was ready. It’s crazy how our taste buds change, when I taste raw condensed milk now it is almost unbearably sweet to the point where I swear I can feel my teeth tingle. Having said that, inside my cornmeal porridge there is nothing better; if condensed milk isn’t the main sweetener in cornmeal porridge as far as I am concerned is just can’t be perfect. 

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Nine ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your cupboard, 35 minutes of your time and a few stirs. That’s all it takes to take you and your taste buds on an incredible journey to Jamaica and away from the cold with my Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge. Eat slowly, for you’ll never want to leave paradise.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Live, Love, Eat!

April x

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
Serves 4
A Jamaican staple and easy breakfast meal.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cup water
  2. Ā½ teaspoon salt
  3. 1 cup Milk
  4. 1 cup cornmeal
  5. 1 tablespoon flour
  6. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1 teaspoon allspice
  8. 1 cinnamon stick
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. Ā½ cup condensed milk
  11. 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Bring water and salt to boil.
  2. In a bowl mix flour and cornmeal before slowly adding cold milk while stirring to ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Add cornmeal mixture to the pot and turn down the heat to low.
  4. Add all the spices and continue to stir occasionally for 15 minutes.
  5. Add condensed milk and sugar and stir occasionally for a further 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with a swirl of condensed milk and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
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2 Comments

  • Reply Paul from Edenbridge, Kent - used to live in Camberwell, S.London. December 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I made a variation of your super porridge. I substituted sugar with honey, and used coconut milk instead of ordinary milk. I don’t know if this breakfast is fattening. Presently, I have it every other day and it tastes great.

    • Reply theyummytruth January 12, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      I’m glad you’re loving it, we have it on the brunch menu at the moment at my restaurant Three Little Birds. You should visit šŸ™‚

    Please let me know what you think!

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