Time it takes to do porridge? WTF?
3 minutes is all it takes on high-speed gas.
We soak rolled oats in the pan in cold water overnight, light up the gas, put in any more water/milk as required, and stir whilst cooking. Takes less than three minutes this way!
If you have only electric you can cheat by mixing the rolled oats with cold water/milk first, leave overnight, then pour boiling water in at breakfast-time to mix without lumps, leave a couple of minutes, and you're there. Not quite so good as with gas, not quite so hot, but okay.
As for extra washing up, you mean you don't scrape out the pan, then leave it to soak all day full of water? A quick brush-around and it's clean!
Yeah I hear you chap, but when you generally have a million and one other things to do including putting the hours in my workshop, adding doing breakfast gets relegated to the bottom of the list.
I'm never hungry in the first 2-3 hours of morning and stopping mid morning to do porridge isnt an option as its work time, take yesterday morning, got up at 6 a.m, made coffee, had to look through my work E mails, generate an extensive quote which took 40 minutes, then deal with customers requests for info etc on face book, the yard bog needed a clean so that was the first chore to get it out the way, then my truck floor needed a sweep and a fling over with a wet cloth, then sorted the burner for the day, had to sort out the bag or glass and tin for recyling as it was full, then had to nip to village on my bike to get a loaf of bread and eggs otherwise I wouldnt have had me omlette last night, after that lot, more coffee and by that time it was 10 a.m and had to get in my workshop, got to earn a living, do breakfast, generate more washing up, wish I had the time, I know you say 3 minutes, but all in all the half hour plus time eating is time I dont have, when your on your own with more pressing things that need doing on a daily basis, breakfast isnt on the agenda.