Chai-Spiced Polenty Porridge

In the summer, I grill shit and I like corn.  Grilled Stone Fruits make a miserable man smile.  Polenta brings out my Ginzaloon roots and, of course, the corn flavor compliments all the sweet shit.  This may be an involved porridge, but if so, then don't make it.  If it ain't, then make it.  

Now is the PERFECT fucking time, in terms of the seasonality of the fruits involved and the weather is lovely for grilling.  It's things like these that make me keep wanna cook and keep eating tasty things, instead of a bullet.  HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Ingredients:

 

Porridge:

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  • 1/3 C Polenta
  • 2-3 Cloves, whole
  • 1/8 t. Cardamom, whole
  • 1/4 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 t. Honey
  • 1/3 C Coconut Milk
  • 1 C Water (You may need some more liquid to make it more Porridge-y.)

Grilled Nectarines:

  • 1 Nectarine, Medium or Large
  • 1 t. Grapeseed oil or other oil that can withstand high heat
  • 1/8 t. Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1 T. Coconut Nectar or other sweetener
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • Almonds, chopped and toasted
  • Blueberries and Diced Pineapple
  • Yogurt mixed with a little Lime Juice, Nut Butter, Honey and more Coconut Milk

Method:

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  • Heat Grill or grill pan.
  • Slice Nectarines into big half-moon slices.
  • For the Nectarines, mix oil and cinnamon in a bowl, then toss the fruit in that shit. Toss 'em in some salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Throw them on the grill or grill pan and cook for three minutes on each side.
  • Once done, set aside on a paper towel or a plate or some shit.
  • Make a lil' sachet out of cheesecloth or something similar and place your whole spices in it and tie it up. (Or use ground spices, if you don't have 'em whole.)
  • Mix Coconut Milk and water, place in a saucepan, throw in sachet and put on medium-high heat, until the comes near a boil.  Remove whole spices.
  • Lower heat to really fucking low, then slowly pour and mix in Polenta.  Stir that shit for a few minutes.
  • Cover it up and let it cook for ten minutes or so, without lifting the lid.  Stir and let cook until your desired consistency.  Since this is a fucking porridge, you want this more loose than your average polenta.  If too thick, stir in some more Coconut Milk.  Once delectable, sitr in Honey or Sweetener.