Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Taste of Yellow: Semolina Porridge

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When Barbara of Winos and Foodies announced that she would once again be hosting A Taste Of Yellow to celebrate LiveSTRONG Day I knew two things for sure: 1. That I was definitely participating (like I did last year!) and 2. What exactly I would make.

You may remember that Hay Hay it’s Donna Day round I hosted (serendipitously enough another event created by Barbara!) where I ended up with a stockpile of semolina after using just a smidgen for my pizza. A lot of you answered my plea for semolina recipes to effectively utilize my stash. To all of you: a big Thank You! I will be trying them out and if they end up on this blog you are certainly getting credit :)

The first semolina dish I decided to make was the simplest – Semolina Porridge. I have come across many a blog post reminiscing about childhood breakfasts with this. Even a good friend of mine (the very same one that made the Jollof rice for our weekend at the farm) remembered this long-ago breakfast staple – When she spied my semolina stash she immediately exclaimed, “This is for porridge!

And when I found out, after casting my net in the Net, that this was none other than what is known in some parts of the world as Cream of Wheat, I realized it was part of my childhood breakfasts too!

So, for A Taste Of Yellow 2008, I’d like to submit these tiny yellow grains and the wholesome and comforting porridge they make…simple and humble, yet touching the memories of people from Europe, Africa, America, and all the way here to my island in the Phillipines.

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Semolina Porridge
(adapted from this recipe)

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup semolina

- Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until almost to the boil.
- Stirring with a wire whisk, add semolina in a thin stream.
- Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously, then turn off the heat (or leave at the barest minimum) and cover the pan. Leave covered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every now and then to prevent porridge from burning or forming a skin on its surface.
- Season the porridge with a little sugar, salt, and a pat of butter. Serve with fresh fruit, jam, honey, or any combination thereof! I've drizzled it with honey here :)

Semolina comes from durum wheat (and other hard and softer wheat) and is used in making pasta, couscous, and bulgur. It is also used to make puddings, desserts, and cakes. In India it is used to make rava dosa and upma. In Greece they use semolina to make halva (which has its own versions in Cyprus, Turkey, Iran, and other Arab countries). Cream of Wheat comes from semolina taken from a softer kind of wheat.

Please head over to Barbara’s for more information on A Taste of Yellow. This year, aside from posts about yellow food, there is also a photo contest! And even though I am far from a pro, and don’t quite know what all the buttons in my camera do yet, I am submitting the first photo above. That’s my husband’s LiveSTRONG band…he’s a biker too! :)

44 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh Joey this is wonderful. How funny - I made myself some semolina this afternoon as I was feeling a little hungry. Great photo. Good luck in the competition. Thanks for your support again of LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

Dhanggit said...

i love using semolina when i want to impress guests with easy express dishes.. i never used it for making porridge i'll probably try.;btw great entry fo the Taste of yellow blogging event of barbara..im finishing up my entry this week :-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a comforting, delicious recipe, Joey!

LyB said...

That looks so simple yet so delicious!I must try this! :)

manggy said...

I can't wait to see all your semolina experiments, Joey! I see our childhoods are a completely different time- I don't recall cream of wheat ever! Unless you are talking about Cerelac, then I recall age-wise inappropriately eating it just 'cause it tasted yummy! :)

Suzana said...

Sounds simple and delicious with the drizzled honey! Joey, that's a wonderful entry for A Taste of Yellow. :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Yum, I certainly remember eating this for breakfast as a child...and yesterday! This is a simple, easy breakfast recipe.

Midge said...

Simple, but so comforting! I know this will seem like gilding the lily, Joey, but I've found that a slight drizzle of chocolate syrup or a dab of gianduja works wonders on semolina porridge. ;)

Veron said...

Oh this look so good! I do like yellow porridge...cerelac included:).

christine said...

I got goosebumps when I saw this post. The timing is eerie. My cousin who was a cyclist lost his battle with testicular cancer (Lance even went to visit him in NY) just last Friday. So I can appreciate this tribute even more so now.

Thank you to all of you, especially you Barbara, for all that you're doing for this cause! In my cousin's memory I hope to join a couple of rounds in the future. :)

Anonymous said...

why do you have a livestrong wristband inside your semolina jar?

princess_dyanie said...

Looks yummmy! Is semolina an easy find in the supermakets? ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Barbara! What a funny and nice coincidence :) Thanks…It was my pleasure joining this event!

Hi Dhanggit! Thanks! Can’t wait to see your entry…I’m sure it’ll be fantastic :) If you have other Semolina recipes you’d like to share, please feel free…I’m all ears!

Hi Patricia! It is quite comforting to have this first thing in the morning with the sleep still in your eyes…

Hi Lyb! It is super simple…and feels so nourishing!

Hi Manggy! Haha! Very funny! You may not have eaten cream of wheat but I sure did sneak bites of Cerelac from the baby cousin’s food stash…hehehe :) It was really good!

Hi Suzana! Thanks :) I loved its simplicity…

Hi Gretchen Noelle! A classic that endures forever huh? :) I’ll be having this for breakfast more often now!

Hi Midge! I will certainly never refuse a dab of gianduja ;)

Hi Veron! What is it about Cerelac? I liked it too…and I can think of a couple other friends who had a thing for this baby cereal!

Hey Nens…so sorry to hear that! I’ll say a little prayer for your cousin and for you and your family as well. I’m also glad Barbara put together this great event…if you want to join this round the deadline is still on April 19…hope to see you soon!

Hi Anonymous! It helps to keep the semolina fresh ;) Just kidding! It’s for the photo contest I mentioned in the post :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Princess Dyanie! I got mine in Santi's...I think you may also find them in the health food stores (like Healthy Options) :)

Gattina said...

With such a beautiful entry, semolina may run of stock in markets :)

Anonymous said...

Eeew im sure that wristband had sweat on it at some point. How unhygienic.

marye said...

mm...cream of wheat! looks wonderful!
I used to eat this alot for breakfast.

zlamushka said...

that s a cute simple porridge :-) looks adorable.

magpie said...

This is such a good comfort food. Thanks for posting; I'd kind of forgotten how much I liked it.

ChichaJo said...

Thank you Gattina for such a sweet comment :)

Don't worry anonymous person...I washed it very well before taking that shot :)

Hi Marye! It's been a long time since I had it...I think I'll be having it more often now :)

Thanks Zlamushka! :)

Hi Magpie! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

PheMom said...

That is so great to know that it is the same as Cream of Wheat. That is one of my favorite warm comfort breakfasts. I really like the idea of making it more from scratch. I love my with a little butter and brown sugar. Thanks for posting this (and I really like your photo) :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I like semolina porridge and eat it on a regular basis! Delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Susan from Food Blogga said...

This is my kind of comfort, Joey.

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Simple things can make wonders:)
I've no doubt this tastes sooo comforting & heavenly!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks so much Phemom! There is something about breakfasts like these that really do comfort and nourish :) A little brown sugar and butter sound lovely with this :)

Hi Rosa! Nice to know you are enjoying this regularly!

Hi Susan! Me too :)

Hi Stella! I agree...sometimes it's the simplest things that make us smile during dreary times...

Isa said...

Oh, what a lovely recipe! and great pictures too! I also entered A Taste of Yellow event.

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katiez said...

Semolina porridge = Cream of Wheat????
Duh, how can something so obvious be such a revelation!
(I have some to use up too - I'll be watching this space...)

White On Rice Couple said...

Another new one for us here! It looks so easy and so tasty. We've got some semolina in the pantry!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Isa! Thanks :) Your lemon curd looks lovely -- the lemon label on the cap is adorable!

Hi Journey of life...I'll check it out :)

Hi Katiez! Haha! I know what you mean :)

Hi White on rice couple! Simple but good :)

robin (caviar and codfish) said...

Glad you are finding some uses for all that semolina... and I'll be using this recipe with my own stash!

Pille said...

It's a definite nursery food here in Estonia, but we still have it regularly for breakfast :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Robin! I still have more to go! :)

Hi Pille! A lot of my semolina recipes I've got stashed come from your site! Heehee :) I just had some again for breakfast this morning :)

surflifetothemax said...

thanks for the reciepe - live in the Middle East at the moment and we are having our three days of winter for the year and felt like some porridge but could not remember how to make it. To make is truly decadent - Condensed milk drizzeled over the top!

Ivana said...

Semolina porridge is definitely a favourite in my family. My mum used to make it for us since we were babies. A nice little twist is adding a couple of tablespoons of cocoa! Tastes like chocolate, but the cocoa probably makes it healthier still :P

Anonymous said...

I like my semolina plain, with a bit of milk, butter and sugar, i haven't had it since i was a kid so i need some help please...

Can you tell me please how much semolina and water i need for one serving and also for two servings.

From memory i thought one serving was 1/4 of semolina and 1 cup water and for two servings 2/3 cup semolina and 2 cups water.... :) please help :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anon! This recipe made about 2 servings for us :) Hope that helps!

Tim said...

This recipe is wonderful for those new to semolina porridge!

For those making a single serve, I heat 1 and a bit cups of milk (you can add a dash of milk at the end if it's too thick to your liking) and 1/4 cup of semolina.. Also you don't need to let it stand so long if you prefer to eat it hot.

Personally I prefer to leave out any sugar or salt. I season mine with flaked almonds and some honey :P

A touch of cinnamon would go well too! :)

Anonymous said...

Try this recipe with sultanas that's how my grandma makes it, it's delicious.

Katie said...

Mmm. Delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I just came from the dentist - had root canal! I am so hungry but can't eat any "solid" food for at least an hour. However, I remember when my kids were young and came from the dentist, I would make them Cream of Wheat. It is easy to get past the gums without chewing and really fills the spot. I am going right now to make myself a batch.

Anonymous said...

Weekends of my childhood at my Dutch Grandma's house flooding back to me... she added finely grated lemon zest... and it was the best. I am always trying to replicate this 30 years on

Hina said...

Hi, do you mean semolina flour or coarse semolina?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Hina! I think this is just regular semolina...