~ Medieval Food and Cooking ~
Food in the Middle Ages
Gruel - a thin porridge made by boiling groats (the crushed grain of
various cereals) in water or milk - 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
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.
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