Finally I worked up the courage to give buckwheat groats a go. They are a strange, oddly shaped grain that, while delicious as pasta and the flour is great in recipes, I was leery of their unprocessed form. At $3.50 a kg, I figured it was worth a try.
If I can't have oats -- and I'm not sure that I can, at least for a while -- then could buckwheat be a substitute? Google thought so and we all know that Google knows best.
I tried this recipe: Buckwheat Porridge - recipe by DukeLupus.
Thirty minutes later I had a pot of porridge, and a yearning to give it a try.
I love my oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts. I had all those things on hand and so put a small serving of the buckwheat porridge into a bowl and heaped on the rest.
health benefits... astounding, really. It'll all but cure cancer, apparently. It rather puts the old oat to shame.
And guess what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow morning.... ;-)