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Recipe Redux: Shake and make summer basil and nectarine porridge

A second post today, as its Recipe Redux time again – this month’s challenge is “Green with herb envy” and the idea is to take a green herb and use it in an unusual way.  My basil crop is in abundance at the end of our Indian summer and as the days grow colder in the southern hemisphere, I want to harvest it up for the winter months.  I’ve previously posted my recipe for Berry Basil Ice-cream and of course there’s always pesto.  But an incredibly interesting field trip this week gave me new inspiration.

You see I’ve been on an very educational media tour hosted by Uncle Tobys and CPW.  My lovely friends, dietitians Catherine Saxelby (middle) and Joanna McMillan (right), were guests too and the source of many giggles along the way, as we tried to sound super intelligent and look super glam.  We were taken through the whole paddock to plate process, starting with oat grains and breeding programs.  And talked ins and outs of sweetened vs non-sweetened cereals – but more on that next week.

We heard about the important research and development going on to make sure Australian’s have locally grown oats for years to come. It’s very easy to take something for granted, when it’s always right under your toes.

But things aren’t always as they seem and oat supply doesn’t always stretch as far as the eye can see.

At the moment oats are still grown locally within three hours of my major city, in the Rutherglen region of Victoria.  But there is a huge amount of time and dollars invested to make sure it’s kept that way and incentivise farmers to grow multi not mono crops.

So of course I wanted to create a new recipe with oats for oatmeal or porridge as we say.  And of course I wanted to capture the last of summer and my basil.  So I welcome you to try my modern day, convenience version of poached stone fruit with basil on porridge.  I just love the way the nectarines match the Rutherglen soil!

Shake and Make Summer Basil and Vanilla Nectarine Porridge

Serves 1 – Ingredients

1/2 sliced, ripe nectarine or peach

1 tsp linseeds

1tbsp natural, sliced almonds

6 torn basil leaves

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod (scrape with knife)

Stevia or brown sugar as desired


Take a cellophane bag and add all ingredients.

Shake.  Seal.  Freeze.

Remove.  Microwave or sous vide for 1-2minutes to poach the fruit.

Serve – on top of a bowl of warm, comforting oats for summer-in-winter morning bliss.

  • Heidi – Apples Under My Bed

    oh…THIS is cool. Love the shake & make concept. Loved reading about the oat process too, surely was a very interesting trip!
    Heidi xo

  • sanaa

    so simple , Love it !!

  • EmmaStirling

    Thank you Sanaa – I’ve got a freezer draw full of delicious pouches now. Hope you’re enjoying being back home.

  • EmmaStirling

    I do like this, I must say so myself Miss Apples!

  • lovenutritionlivelife

    Lovely post Em. Cannot go past nectarines or peaches at the moment, so delish! Loved hearing about your oats tour, will definitely savour my oats now with that in mind.

  • Camilla Ferraro

    this looks amazing love trying quirky combo’s on my oats!

  • Dea

    The tour sounds great! I wish I could join! Do you know if it’s open for public? The recipe sounds delish- will have to try it soon before the nectarine is out of season!

  • Liz – Meal Makeover Mom

    What a fun field trip. Love the photos! You know how fond I am of Instagram 🙂 I can’t wait until stone fruits are in season here in Boston. Currently, it looks like a white Christmas outside. Great recipe!

  • Deborah Davis

    I love the idea of making little pouches of frozen fruit to add to your oats! This sounds like a delicious flavor combo. 🙂 I’ll have to save this one for summer!

  • Your field trip looks wonderful! Great recipe! Alex

  • Herbs and oats was not the first thing that came to my mind but it sounds fantastic, especially with nectarines! I’m ready for summer (in NY) to get some basil out of the garden.

  • Emma, You always look like you’re having so much fun! These individual fruitn’n’ herb pouches are brilliant! I am going to be working with a youth violence intervention program; will give nutrition education along side some hands on cooking. This looks like something I might try with them. BTW, I love your glam shot!

  • So interesting hearing about your “oats field trip” and love the idea of herbs with oats – why not? And frozen flavored fruit pack? Brilliant!

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