It's Scotland, it's September, it's a PORRIDGE BREAKFAST DAY!
Porridge oats currently cost around 75p per kilo for the cheapest supermarket saver variety and one kilo will make you 20 portions. (We use 50g per serving). The recommended serving on many of the bags is 45g, so be ever vigilant regarding sudden, unannounced pack size changes, as 990g would be the obvious choice. I AM WATCHING FOR THAT!
1 x small cup (~50g) of porridge oats
2.5 x small cups of water (or as required)
Good pinch of salt
I cook mine in the microwave, it takes only about 6 minutes maximum, but this timing will depend on how powerful your microwave is. Don't forget to stir the porridge halfway through and let it stand for a minute before serving.
Serve with a little milk and a sprinkle of sugar, drizzle of honey, handful of fruit... whatever you prefer.
Allowing 7.5p for the oats and 8p for the salt, milk and sugar, the food costs are minimal.
My microwave is 700w. A 6-minute blast with this costs almost 1p, so the REAL cost of a bowl of wholesome, homemade porridge is only 16.5p per person
If you have a handful of dried fruit with this, rather than sugar, you can easily add on another 10p, so maybe best save the fruit for a mid-morning snack if your budget is tight.
So there you have it: you can feed 6 people a warm and filling breakfast for less than £1.
Would you pay £1 for a bowl of freshly made porridge? Or perhaps you already have, if you've paid 99p for one of those boil the kettle and 'just add boiling water' concoctions that the supermarkets now sell. (And they're only 48g including whatever additives they may use.)