Monk’s Gruel Recipe

tuck A friend of mine was mentioning learning to make what her family calls monk’s gruel in preparation for the hard time ahead. I said to myself, self, that’s an interesting idea. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was simply oatmeal or a malt-o-meal kind of thang.

Gruel is a thin porridge made by boiling groats (the crushed grain of various cereals) in water or milk. It was commonly eaten in the Middle Ages. In more recent times gruel has often been recommended as a food for invalids, frequently with the addition of lemon peel, nutmeg, wine, port or spirits. This is a typical medieval gruel recipe.

! tablespoon of groats or oatmeal
2 tablespoons of cold water
1 pint of boiling water

Cooking Instructions
First put the oats, together with the cold water, into a saucepan and mix together until smooth. Then, over this, stirring all the time, pour one pint of boiling water. Now stirring frequently boil for 10 minutes. Serve.

Bon appétit.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra), and enjoy time with family and friends.
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3 Responses to Monk’s Gruel Recipe

  1. Maria says:

    I always prefered my porridge, with milk and sugar …though I can’t eat it now…damn those food intolerances :):)Mind you the kids always know when the rations are low in our house ‘cos we have Four Tins for tea …1 tin of carrots, 1 tin of peas, 1 tin of tomatoes and 1 tin of stewed steak…mix together with salt, pepper and a beef stock cube and Voila…dinner is served LOLActually ..we had that tonight……times must be getting hard.. ;)xxx

  2. Deb's says:

    ooh gods no.. it has to be milk and sugar, although I have alot of friends from scotland who only eat it made with water and salt…yukkkk!! lolhave a great weekendhugsdebsxXx

  3. Anita says:

    If times get any tighter, we may ALL be enjoying this! **lol** Have a great week.

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