Hi there, cooking oats is pretty straightforward but you do need to adjust a bit for personal preferences.
It’s important to get the correct liquid to oats ratio to get the consistency of porridge you prefer.
The best approach is to soak overnight:
Put half a cup of oats in a container and cover with half cup of water or milk of choice.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Next morning you can eat as is (for a cold breakfast) by adding fruit, nuts and other toppings. Or add another half cup of water and cook in a small saucepan on stove top. Simmer the oats and stir occasionally. They will be ready within a few minutes as overnight soaking has softened them.
If you don’t have time to soak overnight just put half cup of oats to 1 cup of water or milk in a saucepan and cook gently on low heat for about 5 minutes – remember to stir every so often so they don’t stick to bottom of pan. Add milk, nuts etc before you eat them.
You can also cook fruits like pears or sultanas in the saucepan with the oats.
A half cup of oats and 1 cup water will serve 1-2 people depending on your appetite.