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05 October 2010 @ 10:26 pm
would you like something to eat? some lovely cream of wheat?  
I'm sure I wouldn't care for gruel at all, were I ever to have any, but because my brain substitutes cream of wheat for gruel, reading Emma always gives me a craving for hot cereal.

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La Reine Noire: Pie!lareinenoire on October 6th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
::snerk:: I get that in winter. Some mornings, only hot oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar will do.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on October 6th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
It's not helping that it's currently quite chilly in my apartment, so cream of wheat would be perfect right now! But I suppose there's always my usual bowl of oatmeal to look forward to, in the morning...
litlover12 on October 6th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
You made a rhyme! ;-)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on October 6th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Or Maurice Sendak did, anyway. :)
Neaneadods on October 7th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Alton Brown once did a gruel recipe. It sounded a bit nice, actually - basically cream of barley.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on October 7th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Everyone complains so much about it (sort of like porridge) in these sorts of books that I always assume it must be awful. I'm not sure *how* they make it so awful, since I like most hot cereals, but eating in a college dining hall did teach me that yes, it is in fact possible to screw up oatmeal.

Still, cream of barley sounds rather soothing!
Neaneadods on October 7th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
It can be screwed up. Also, we're used to eating stuff like that with fruit, sweetener, and a whole bunch of other flavorings that weren't so common back then.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on October 7th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Very true--I remember reading about someone having to choose either cream or honey, or maybe it was margarine or sugar (it might have been in Charlotte Sometimes), which made me very sad as a child. Poor children from the past, only getting one condiment!
Neaneadods on October 8th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Which they had to walk uphill 3 miles - both ways! - barefoot in the snow to get.

To get serious for a moment, when I can pry myself away from Sherlock fic I'm reading 97 Orchard, about how waves of immigrants affected American food. There's a bit in there about some WASP do-gooder being shocked! Shocked I say! that the Jewish kids eat pickles. Feeding kids something with that much flavor to it was actually considered abusive, and it would warp their sense of taste for life. With that attitude, a child, and especially a peaky child, isn't going to get much in the way of condiments.
tempestsarekind: quite a good arm actuallytempestsarekind on October 8th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that sounds like an interesting read!

I was just reading in The Verneys, and in one of the letters, the caretaker of one of the Verney children is very disapproving of the fact that French parents (the family having fled to France to avoid debts) allow their children to eat raw fruit. For shame, French parents! For shame.
Neaneadods on October 8th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
It is an interesting book, although not quite as riviting as I'd expected, or I wouldn't be putting it down even for Sherlock. It's more of a gloss than an in-depth discussion of a large and rather difficult concept.

I'm going to have to check out The Verneys.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on October 8th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
It's clearly going to take me nigh on forever to actually finish the book, but I'm enjoying it when I do get a chance!