Thursday, February 22, 2007


This is my version of Pukkolla from Jamie Oliver’s The Return Of The Naked Chef. I know Jamie Oliver really irritates the life out of some people, but I like him. I love his enthusiasm for food, even if I don’t agree with him what exactly constitutes food. I have most of his cookbooks and there are a surprisingly high number of vegetarian recipes in them. If you have a wee look at the index they are all marked with a ‘v”. A lot of them can be veganised easily and some are already vegan.Pukkolla is basically muesli that’s soaked in milk overnight and then has fresh fruit added. Normally the idea of eating cereal that has been sitting in milk for hours would gross me out, but it does taste great...honestly! The oats absorb the milk and they’re all creamy and the fruit is juicy and plump. Yum! The recipe can be adjusted to suit your taste. You can really use any dired fruit, nuts, seeds etc you have kicking around.

McPukkolla Recipe (serves 8)

1 cup oats
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup raisins
2 tbsps flax seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ pumpkin seeds
4 brazil nuts, chopped

The first part is to make the “muesli”. In a big plastic container (with a lid) mix all the above ingredients. You can keep this for ages in the tub until you plan to eat it. The day before you plan to eat it you will need the following for 2 servings:
¾ cup “muesli” mix

1 – 1½ cups soy (or other non dairy) milk
1 apple, chopped or grated
1 banana
Any other fresh fruit of your choosing

In a small plastic container mix “muesli” and 1 cup of soy milk and the apple. Cover and place in fridge until ready to eat.

When you are ready to eat remove from fridge and add as much as you like of the remainder of the milk. This will loosen the pukkolla. Depending on your ingredients it can turn out a bit squidgy or almost solid, so use the remaining milk to get it to the consistency you want. Top with chopped banana and any other fresh fruit. Jamie also suggests adding yogurt and honey. Not for me, thanks. But you can add vegan alternatives if you wish.


KathyF said...

Did you use Scottish oats? Or Irish?

I've recently discovered Irish oats--yumm!

I'll have to try that, maybe with maple syrup.

bazu said...

Mmmm... muesli...
I've tried soaking oats in milk overnight, your recipe definitely sounds like one I'd try.

scottishvegan said...

Kathyf, to be honest I’m not sure of the difference between Scottish and Irish oats! I used whole grain rolled oats because that’s what they sell in Trader Joe’s! Jamie Oliver’s recipe does actually specify Scottish porridge oats. I don’t see why you can't just use any kind of oats you like though...

Bazu, if you like muesli then I'm sure you will like this!

aTxVegn said...

That looks delicious and very filling! I like Jamie Oliver's passion for food. Did you see his series about changing school lunches in England?

scottishvegan said...

atxvegn, yes I did see the programmes about the school dinners. I loved the dinner lady he worked alongside...she was so funny!!

KleoPatra said...

I love the mixture of stuff... I could snack on just that easily for hours on end!