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buckwheat & barley porridge with toasted peaches, walnuts & coconut

August 14, 2012

The mornings are getting cooler here. We woke up to a chilly 5˚C on Sunday. Lovely and fresh, tickling our eagerness for our first arctic winter. Chilly mornings foster one’s delight in a warm breakfast, don’t they? They sure do for us – as we anticipate the winter to come, bringing plenty’a bowls of porridge for breakfast, endless pots of tea and a good novel or two to read while curled up under the crocheted afghan – which I plan to have finished before the first snowfall.

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Despite our anticipation for winter, we are consciously making the most of these weeks before the snow. Sunday, being our day for adventure (and the first day at home together in about three weeks!) we booked ourselves in for quite an excursion.

It started, as most good weekend-days do, in the kitchen. While Jesse enjoyed a bit of a sleep in, I played around with some grains, creating, what one might call, a tri-grain porridge of barley, buckwheat and rolled oats. Topped with pan roasted peaches, toasted coconut and walnuts it was the perfect start to a chilly morning and a day of adventure.

peaches walnuts and coconut

An hour of cycling (uphill!) to the top of the ridge, a quick hike down and across the canyon, followed by a good couple hours of hiking up the dry river bed and we were at the highest point in town – Mt Hamar.

On the summit we found ourselves in thick cloud. We donned our wollens and nestled up to the Inukshuk (an Inuit rock sculpture, not very ‘nestly’ but sheltering from the wind!) to enjoy a hearty lunch of tossed vege quinoa, black bean sandwiches and carrot protein bars (oh you just wait, they are one killer of an energy bar!).

On the descent we were treated to some stunning scenery, a wee bit of wildlife and plenty of quality time. We arrived home shattered, yet rejuvenated; stoked to have had the chance for what will probably be the final hike of summer, excited for the adventures and warm breakfasts that the approaching winter holds.

Buckwheat & Barley Porridge with Toasted Peaches, Walnuts & Coconut
Serves 2

1/2 cup pearl barley (aka pot barley)
1/4 cup buckwheat groats
1/4 cup rolled oats

Cook pearl barley as per instructions (1 cup barley to 2 cups salted water). Five minutes before barley is cooked (while still nutty), add buckwheat groats and mix through. While it bubbles away add enough water to keep pot from drying out. Oats can be added toward the end of cooking time along with hot water. Continue to stir porridge until creamy.

1 peach, sliced
1 tsp honey
3 tbsp unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp walnuts

Lay peach slices on frying pan over moderate heat. Add honey and a dash of water and cook until peaches are soft and lightly browned. Remove from pan (or push to the side of pan to keep warm). Toss coconut and walnuts in pan and cook over moderate heat until lightly toasted. Coconut will brown quickly so keep an eye on it.

Dish up porridge into warmed bowls, pour over a little milk or cream and top with fruit, nuts and coconut, and plan your next adventure!


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  1. August 15, 2012 8:16 am

    This is some seriously inspiring porridge – those peaches look wonderful! There really is nothing to start a chilly day like a big warm bowl of hot cereal. Crazy to think that you’re already gearing up for winter!

    • August 15, 2012 12:00 pm

      We’ve had two summers back to back so it seems about time for us! I guess we’ll reassess how keen we really are on winter in 6 months! It’s a great change from the usual porridge – enjoy :D

  2. August 15, 2012 10:22 am

    Glad you’re enjoying the outdoors “down there”. It’s cooled off for us up here in Inuvik as well, but we’re still getting 20 C degree days when the sun shines. Still have a few BBQ nights left! Glad you’re excited for winter – it’s just as fun as summer, but in a different, more cozy, way.

    • August 15, 2012 11:59 am

      BBQ nights sound good! Hopefully we’ll get up there together sometime before BBQ season ends!

  3. August 16, 2012 4:12 pm

    I love the caramelized peaches. Looks beautiful!

  4. August 20, 2012 6:09 am

    Now this is my kind of breakfast!

  5. August 20, 2012 5:00 pm

    I am not a porridge fan (being italian) but I’ll take double portions of those peaches!

  6. August 20, 2012 5:02 pm

    you could enter this in the Sweet New Zealand monthly blogging event! This month’s host is Plum Kitchen, info here

  7. August 20, 2012 7:50 pm

    Don’t know about the buckwheat porridge but I love the exercise thing.

    • August 20, 2012 10:37 pm

      Thanks Dad. You would love it. Both the hike and the porridge! We can treat you to both when you visit :P

      • August 21, 2012 2:25 am

        Bring the porridge to San Francisco. We can do the exercise thing there too! Getting excited?

      • August 21, 2012 6:16 pm

        Sounds like a plan! Absolutely – book us in for a San Fran hike for sure.


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