Porridge flavours


Porridge flavours


One of the things about starting out at a new company like Microsoft is that you get a reputation.  At the start you’re not 100% in control of that and the little things you do tend to get you noticed.  In my case the one member of my department caught me in the act of adding something to my porridge.  Nothing much in that you’d think…but she’s the editor of the TechNet Flash news letter (which you should subscribe to immediately).

I have a confession.

I add peanut butter to my porridge.

There, that’s it, I’m now peanut butter porridge boy…brilliant!  The best thing about this is that we’ve started to receive suggestions about what I should put in my porridge.  Oddly, in my opinion, no one has asked if it’s crunchy or smooth…it’s smooth and where possible it’s Jif (because choosy moms choose Jif).

And so to experimentation with the flavours….


I quite like nutella and it works rather well.  It achieves the same gooey consistency as peanut butter 5 minutes into it’s melting cycle but it’s not as satisfying.  It’s also no where near as good for you as a peanut butter – which is actually good for you.

Honey and Banana

Yeah it’s ok.


Makes it taste like a McDonalds cinnamon donut, which is all right in my book but it’s still can’t unseat the king of porridge!

The winner is still smooth peanut butter in my eyes, but if you’ve got more suggestions then I’m always on the lookout.

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  1. thommck - August 5, 2010 9:38 am

    Chopped nuts and fresh blueberry FTW

  2. Sparkypatrick - August 5, 2010 2:00 pm

    Jif – a well known brand of cream cleaner now known as Cif; or synthetic lemon juice packaged in a plastic lemon. not sure I'd want to put either on porridge.

  3. Rod Wallace - August 5, 2010 2:14 pm

    its spelt porage and it goes best with blackcurrant jam mmmm yummy

  4. Moo - August 5, 2010 2:31 pm

    I guess you've never made that journey of discovery across the big ol' Atlantic Sparkypatrick :S

    What happens if you do peanut butter AND Nutella?

    My old fave, though, is golden syrup…yum!

  5. Donna - August 5, 2010 3:18 pm

    Sultanas. Cooked with the porridge so they're plump and juicy.

  6. Frenchalps - August 5, 2010 3:25 pm

    Strawberry jam!

  7. sjrmay - August 5, 2010 4:01 pm

    Yeah me either, I'm not trying those!

  8. Drynet - August 5, 2010 5:37 pm

    Crunched up Ginger Biscuits sprinkled over the top and gently folded in to maintain their crunchiness. Little pockes of spicy explosions to wow the taste buds.

  9. sjrmay - August 5, 2010 5:57 pm

    OK I'm all over this tomorrow, I'll report back!

  10. T-samata - August 6, 2010 8:18 am

    How about the good old demerara sugar?!

  11. sjrmay - August 6, 2010 8:52 am

    That is a classic, I'll give it a try next week, it's been a long time

  12. Rob - August 8, 2010 6:28 pm

    I was putting in dark chocolate digestives – much the same way as the ginger biscuits above.


    I think will try your peanut butter suggestion though, sounds awesome.

  13. Sammy Jay - October 10, 2014 5:45 am

    I just put a teaspoon of coffee in mine with a couple of tablespoons of Demerara sugar.. It’s actually quite nice! Ha!


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Simon May is an Infrastructure Technology Evangelist at Microsoft concentrating on Devices and Services but with special interests in deployment and device management. Simon is a professional public speaker and the author of several books on Windows. Opinions on this blog are his own.