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I ran out of my usual Ready Brek Porridge, and decided to try something else for a change. Flahavans Organic Porridge is what I was drawn to, and not because it was cheap or looked particularly appetising, but it came with a free wooden spoon to dispense it with. Yes I am that pathetic to buy a random porridge just to get a free wooden spoon that I don't even need. But hey, I'm sure I'm not the only one who does that kind of thing!
Who are Flahavans exactly? Apparently they are an Irish maker of cereals, which is surprising as normally you associates things like porridge oats with Scotland. But hey, they seem pretty well established, being a family run company which has been making oats for 6 generations of families. And they state they are Ireland's largest producer of oat products. Sounds good enough!
Anyhoo, this porridge comes in a paper bag, and like my work colleague said, looks like a bag of flour. She was pleased to find out that I wasn't in fact having a bowl of flour for breakfast as I escorted this to my work kitchen to prepare.
Now I cleverly anticipated that keeping these porridge oats in the bag at my workplace was asking for trouble (cue vision of work louts on the rampage for food in the kitchen, culminating in my poor bag of porridge being recklessly knocked over and spilt) so I promptly transferred the oats to a suitable cereal container. Good move.
The oats themselves are very hearty and rough looking, just as I expected they would. I never measure my porridge, and instead experiment with varying amounts of milk and timing in the microwave. I made a bit too much of it in my first go, and then perfected it for the second. In front of me was a bowl of steaming, stodgy looking, but nonetheless quite healthy looking porridge.
Now if you're used to quite sweet, easy to eat porridges like Ready Brek, Oatso Simple, PawRidge, etc, then you probably wouldn't like this. This is very traditional in flavour and texture, and I found it a bit bland and had to add some honey and raisins to it to enjoy it. However, I am pretty sure they are much healthier than other commercial types of porridge, especially it being organic, so wouldn't say it's a bad buy. The ingredients seem very pure and of high quality, so it's definitely made with some experience and care.
A 1kg bag of this porridge was approximately £2.20 from Tesco, which I don't think is too bad, perhaps a little more expensive for the usual brands but not extortionate either.
Now would I buy it again? Probably not, as a porridge eater, my taste buds are more suited to the lightweights of the porridge world, and I think this porridge is a little too healthy and mulchy in texture for me to really enjoy it. Having said that, I don't mind finishing the rest of the packet, and at least it's healthy. And hey, at least I can console myself in knowing I got a free wooden spoon with it!