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Food in the Middle Ages


Gruel Recipe


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.

Ingredients
! 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.



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