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Clogstoun Porridgee is a superb way to strengthen your microbiome, the health in your gut that keeps you resilient and assists your immunity. It's basically porridge made the Chinese way, which seems to increase its benefits.
Pin-head oats? Even better might be whole oat grains, but I haven't tried them. Pinhead oats are also known as steel-cut oats, or coarse oatmeal. They are made from oats from which the husk has been removed, chopped or cut into this smaller 'pinhead' size.
You can make this with rolled oats but I prefer the grain to be as near its original form as possible. I suspect rolling oats makes them oxidise more quickly, but this shouldn't matter if you buy fresh oats regularly.
1/ Heat the empty thick-based saucepan until it is hot enough to make popcorn.
2/ Pour in the pinhead oats, stirring them vigorously until you see steam rising from them.
3/ Add the salt, stir it in.
4/ Add the oil and stir vigorously so all the oats are covered in oil. You may hear one or two 'pops'.
If you have an extractor fan over the stove, turn it up high.
5/ Add a small amount of boiling water. You'll get lots of steam. Keep stirring vigorously (you'll soon understand why the spoon needs a long handle) until the water is absorbed.
6/ Keep stirring all the while, adding a little more boiling water each time the mixture begins to dry. Don't add too much boiling water: you want the grain to be 'thirsty' each time you add more, so it quickly absorbs it.
See below for what it looks like after 2 processes. Still fairly coarse.
7/ Repeat, preferably until you've used nearly all the water. Keep stirring all the time.
8/ Eventually you'll find it takes longer for the grain to absorb the water.
See below for what it looks like after 8 processes: you'll notice that there is a milky liquid separating the remains of the grains. Here the starch has separated out, making the porridge far more digestible but - important - it takes with it more water in a digestible form so, we think, it takes longer to digest and you absorb more.
9/ Turn off the heat.
If you have a double saucepan, tip the mixture into the top half of it and cover with the lid. Place the top half of the saucepan on the bottom half overnight.
Add the last of the water. Stir it in. You can probably add even more because you'll be amazed how much water the grains, given time overnight, will absorb.
10/ Here's what it looks like the next morning, having absorbed all the additional water overnight.
Now, this is where we part company with the normal way of eating porridge, though of course, you can do what you like.
Eaten the following way, you dispense with milk, sugar, honey, raisins, banana, fruit etc., most of which would tend to increase phlegm after eating. IF you don't want that, read on. (Of course, all those things would probably increase your glucose surge too, not a good idea!)
Instead you take your Clogstoun Porridgee with Tamara soy sauce, chopped ginger root and some toasted sesame oil. You can also eat it with some organic sauerkraut or kimchi, depending how dotty you are about all these great foods!
Or you could add other vegetables from the previous night's meal. Or add a boiled egg. The Clogstoun Porridgee should help you digest these 'extras' more slowly. That means you won't feel hungry for longer.
If this bothers you, take less Tamari. But don't reduce the amount in the basic recipe. The salt there has a purpose which is not just to make it good to eat but to strengthen your Kidney energy and function. The toasted sesame oil helps too. The salt probably also helps the grains absorb more water.
Cooked the way described above, I believe that one of the main benefits of Clogstoun Porridgee, not mentioned so far, is that you absorb more yin benefits than if cooked the normal way. Those benefits come from better absorption not just of all those vitamins, minerals etc, but of water.
If you are thirsty and drink some water, I suspect that many people's digestions can't handle it properly, So it gets urinated out quickly.
However, by absorbing Clogstoun-Porridgee along with the other nutritive benefits of the grain, your body can find a place for the water. So less will be urinated away, as your body makes better use of it.
This should also mean that your body learns to make better use of moisture, helping your skin, your eyes, your blood and brain become healthier.
And just as important, allowed to regulate its fluid levels, your body urinates away the surplus. In time this should mean better fluid balance and less oedema (- but this is theory: I don't have research to back it up.)
This is what I mean when I say that it improves the balance of yin fluids in your body. Those yin fluids give you resilience.
Another benefit? You won't need so much water through the day. Get used to the idea of drinking fluids only when thirsty, not because you read somewhere that you needed them.
Do you need to drink more fluids? How do you know? The best way is to check the colour of your urine, assuming you're taking no extra vitamins or foods that might colour it.
If it's a pale straw colour you probably don't need more.
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