Porridge is a well known Scottish breakfast was one of the main ways of eating oats.
Bring the water (or water and milk) to a good rolling boil, preferably in a non-stick pan. Slowly pour the oatmeal into the boiling liquid, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon all the time.
Keep stirring until it has returned to the boil again, reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer very gently for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the salt at this point and simmer and stir for a further 5/10 minutes (time depends on the quality of the oats).
The Porridge should be a thick but pourable consistency.
Serve hot in wooden bowls if you have them