My immune system is terrible. 2014 barely begins and I get another cold when I just had one last month. Granted, my roommate was sick and I had just hung out with a bunch of children as part of a volunteer event shortly before I started feeling off. Luckily, it was nothing major. Just annoying congestion and coughing. I self-medicated with a lot of rest and liquids, including some tea that caught my eye at the grocery store.
Something else that made me feel better was getting a package of some things I left behind at my parents’ house. Mom also sent some fun, random little extras including a tiny jar of some local honey and the cutest smiley face I’ve ever seen. (And The Kite Runner, which I read all day on Sunday. It was amazing.)
One morning the polar vortex had me craving something warm and comforting for breakfast but I was sick of oatmeal. I had just bought polenta a few days ago for a dinner so I figured some grits would be a great partner for the honey Mom sent. (Let’s be real…I just wanted an excuse to eat a lot of honey for breakfast. Might have put it in my tea too…) Thus, the incredibly simple honey blueberry polenta was created.
1/4 cup polenta
3/4 cups of milk (I used coconut milk.)
Frozen or fresh blueberries
I brought the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. I added the polenta and lowered the heat, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes until it thickened and grits absorbed most of the milk. Then I removed it from heat, added the blueberries with a stir, and let it rest for a couple minutes. (My frozen blueberries defrosted by just hanging out in there.) Finally I scooped some into a bowl and doused it in honey. This probably makes about 2 small servings but for me it was one generous helping.
Just a note: In the pic above, I didn’t stir in the blueberries to make it prettier. ;)