CH makes a face when I say I'm having mixed cereal (again) for breakfast. I wonder what he'll say if I tell him I'm having it for lunch too.
Everyday, I carry a thermal pot filled with piping hot gruel to my office. Before I go to bed each night, I pre-boil a cup of mixed grains in the cooker and let the mixture soak overnight. In the morning, I toss in some Japanese sweet potatoes and let the porridge simmer away. YK thinks it smells lovely but will not eat it under any circumstance.
It became a healthy obsession after my friend gave me a small bag of mixed grains. I got hooked, I went out and bought another bag from the Korean supermarket. It's certainly not cheap (almost $30 for 1kg) but there's brown rice, soy beans, black beans, black glutinous rice, barley, wheat and a whole lot of other grains in it.
As if not enough, I add barley, green beans, black-eye bean, rolled multi grains, raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds to the mixture. A bowl of thick gooey porridge is chockful of goodness.
My colleague thinks it is disgusting. It brings back memories of an improvished childhood where they were fed brown rice gruel instead of fragrant rice. The porridge made her gag and she would secretly empty the entire bowl into the bin below their flat.
While I didn't have to eat brown rice gruel in my childhood, mum made me finish a bowl of oatmeal porridge before I left for school every morning. Oh, how I hated it! But now I thank her for my strong bones.
It's strange how I'm beginning to embrace the food that I used to avoid. It's probably a sign of aging. I've acquired a taste for simpler things. On most days, I adopt a completely vegetarian diet. Sometimes I supplement my dinner with steamed or grilled fish.
For the boys, I make sure they eat a more balanced diet as it's important for their growth. If only I could make them eat a bowl of oatmeal porridge every now and then.
Based on sound medical and nutritional advice not to routinely eat the same foods every day, I should really adopt a more varied diet instead.