I have been struggling to find gluten free cereal in Buenos Aires and when I came across something called Polenta in the supermarket, it looked like something that could make for a possible porridge substitute.
I wasn’t too sure what Polenta was but it looked interesting and it was crazy cheap. It cost$1.50 pesos (about 40 cents US) for aÂ 500 gram bag! Wikipedia says it’s ground cornmeal and also that it was originally, and still is, classified as peasant food! Now the price makes sense! The packet I bought said I could cook it in 1 minute and they weren’t kidding. I boiled some water, poured some polenta into the pot and 60 seconds later I had a bowl of mushy yellow stuff ready to go!
It wasn’t the most appetising thing I’ve seen but it did remind me of Cream of Rice that I had recently been eating for breakfast in the States so I figured some milk, fruit and cinnamon may turn it into something tasty…
I wasn’t wrong. It tastes pretty good and very similar to Cream of Rice. I intend to try various toppings until I find what works best. I’ll still be searching for gluten free cereal but in the meanwhile my hot cream of corn breakfast isn’t a bad substitute.