Sunday, 13 January 2013

Quick Polenta


            I have often thought about putting recipes in this blog. Diet is as much an aspect of fitness as exercise, and diet is usually improved by a bit of variety.

            Something I have been experimenting with this weekend is quick polenta. Polenta makes a nice alternative to rice, potatoes or pasta and is particularly good with meals that include a sauce or gravy. Polenta is also a nice savoury alternative to porridge for weekend breakfast. The instructions on my packet of Polenta require it to be boiled and simmered for more than half an hour. If you have a microwave you can prepare it much more easily and with less cost of fuel or time.

·         Place about a quarter of a cup of cornmeal/polenta in a bowl. Corn is very filling and nutritious so a relatively small quantity is needed.

·         Add a pinch of salt.

·         Add about a cup of water, either cold or lukewarm.

·         A dribble of oil (optional).

Microwave at full power for about 2 ½ minutes.

Give the mixture a stir then microwave for a further 2 mins.

Give it another stir. If you are happy with the consistency it is ready to eat, otherwise give it another 30 seconds and check again.

A little bit of milk and/or olive oil can be added if you wish. Other oils such as groundnut or sesame can vary the taste, as can garlic salt, herbs, spices or a dash of Worcestershire sauce.