If you follow our blog regularly you’ll know that we are widely revered for our recipes.
Today we bring you another installment of Classic Recipes. Again, oats are our main ingredient. Pretty much oats are the only indredient.
Well, okay, water and salt play a role, too. But the salt is optional.
That’s right. We’re making gruel. It was the workhouse food of choice, and if it’s good enough for Oliver, than who are we to serve anything else to our children? We do want them to grow up to be good little boys and girls, don’t we? And unlike meat, gruel will keep them from rising up against us.
I’m sure that the workhouse would have used store-brand oats. No Quaker Oatmeal for Oliver and company.
I had no dessert spoon, so I just used our normal eating spoons. I wonder if the workhouse cooks got to use the matron’s silver spoon that Mr. Bumble so amorously fondled?
I don’t think any wallpaper could have been hung with this concoction.
Step 2: Pour the paste into the pint of water.
Then just when you think you’ve added back enough heat you find yourself with a messy stovetop again. Much like the state of poverty, gruel is a vicious circle.
They really set the mood.
I know you’re waiting for me to regale you with the horrors of the gooey slop. But the truth is that I actually like oatmeal. And salt. And water, for that matter. So, I had very high hopes for gruel.
In conclusion, this is what I learned today:
Really, Ollie? Are you sure you wanted more?
Up Next in the Classic Recipe Series: Jane Eyre’s Burnt Porridge