We love all things oatmeal, but especially steel cut oats. A hot bowl of these tasty, nutty oats with a little milk and sugar is the best winter breakfast we can imagine.
Well, it turns out that the Scottish nation takes this morning bowl of oats very serious. So seriously, in fact, they have a running competition for the world's best oat porridge! Here's a look at this year's winner of the Golden Spurtle.
The award is called the Golden Spurtle, which we find unabashedly Harry Potter-esque. A spurtle, however, is not some mystical beast or magical instrument; it's a thick stick used for stirring oatmeal, or porridge, as it is known in this competition. (You can read more about the spurtle here.)
There are multiple prizes in this contest, which takes place in Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland. The whole competition is sponsored, naturally, by Hamlyn's -- a leading oatmeal brand in Scotland.
The main prize for the competition this year went to a Mr. Ian Bishop, an enthusiastic home porridge maker. (You can see him above with Miss Scotland.) He credits the water he uses, which comes from a bore hole tapped into an underground river.
Addy Daggert, on the other hand, a Dutchman, won the speciality prize for his marzipan porridge with Glenfiddich whisky ice cream and vanilla marinated stewed apple. (Also pictured above, with the very interested little boy looking on.) Yum! We looked for a recipe but we think it is remaining a competitive secret at this point. We certainly wouldn't mind waking up to a bowl of that sort of oatmeal!
What's your favorite kind of oatmeal, and do you think it's good enough to win the Golden Spurtle? If so, you can find the entry form to the World Porridge Championship here.
(Images: Golden Spurtle)