If you're still not convinced about the greatness of savory porridge, check out the Golden Spurtle Competition or this on Mark Bittman's savory oatmeal with scallions and soy sauce.
Savory Oatmeal - the basics
a bowl of oatmeal, made with water according to package directions.
a sprinkling of sea salt or other coarse salt
a sprinkling of cracked black pepper (optional)
a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Add-ons (choose one)
pine nuts or other savory nuts (such as roasted cashews or pistachios)
eggs, cooked anyway you like them
sliced breakfast sausage
leftover ham, steak, or chicken, or whatever meat you had for dinner the night before
heated up pieces of lunchmeat
My favorites are the diced avocado and the ham. We don't normally eat ham for dinner so I've gone out and bought a hunk of ham to cut into small pieces and freeze for use in oatmeal. Yum!