Back in 5 Mins: Cornershopkeeper Lunches #5

The sign is on the door, the key is in the lock, and you’ve got just five minutes to make yourself a relatively tasty, semi-healthy lunch before the punters start hammering to get in, tutting and looking at their watches. What do you make? In this series we share Mr. and Mrs. Shopkeeper’s favourite five minute recipes…
Cornershop Savoury Porridge Brunch
Ah, well, this was kind of like a dare. It’s a well known fact that in the winter the cornershop-o-verse is held together by porridge and soup: simple fare that can be heated/microwaved in an instant and is warming + nutritious too. Very few cornershops have anything resembling a viable system of heating, and so the Winter months see us huddled over mini-blowheaters or hugging radiators. When things get really cold we resort to hugging customers as well. Anyway, on with the recipe in hand…
Mrs.S. was making porridge late one morning, when Mr.S. offered to make her a bacon butty. Pointing out that he was three minutes too late in the offer thereof, and loath to waste the porridge, she smiled and patted him affectionately. At which point he suggested that she tried bacon porridge instead. This turned out astonishingly well…
You will need (to feed one shopkeeper really really well):

  • 3 tablespoons porridge oats
  • 7 tablespoons water
  • 2 fat bacon rashers, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • handful of fresh spinach
  • sprinkle of nutmeg (optional posh extra)
  • 30-50g cheese (any) crumbled or grated
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • brown sauce (optional not-very-posh extra)

Make the porridge your normal way/as directed on the packet (2 1/2 mins in the microwave should do). While it is cooking, fry the bacon (not forgetting to give a little bit to Master Shopcat), then add the tomatoes followed by the spinach and nutmeg. Stir the bacon mix into the porridge, and then add the cheese and black pepper. Dollop some brown sauce on top and purr…

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