Recipe request

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Recipe request

Postby OliverTwist » April 21st, 2010, 12:11 pm

Hi everyone

I was wondering if some of the older members of the forum have a nice recipe for the workhouse's favourite dish - gruel? Although I was sick to the back teeth of it during my time in the workhouse, I strangely miss the taste of it now!

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Recipe request

Postby Sloe-Gin » April 21st, 2010, 12:39 pm

I think it might be too 'gruelling' to find it for you, Master Twist!
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Re: Recipe request

Postby scullion » April 21st, 2010, 1:23 pm

it doesn't take a lot of initiative to work it out if you ate it for long enough!
a handfull of oats from the nag's nosebag in half a pint of water from the pump with a pinch of salt.
on a holy day the master lets me have some golden syrup with it - and when he's sprawled out, drunk, on the floor i sometimes knick some anyway! (that's when i'm not having to eat the cook's stale bread and fight the mice for cheese from the traps).
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Re: Recipe request

Postby OliverTwist » April 21st, 2010, 1:57 pm

Thanks Scullion, I may just do that one day, when I fancy roughing it! I'm currently living the high life off the inheritance my grandfather left me, so it's all caviar and champagne these days, but I will surely let you know when to expect me in the cellars! Consider yourself my mate!

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Re: Recipe request

Postby ianinfrance » April 21st, 2010, 3:04 pm

OliverTwist wrote:Hi everyone

I was wondering if some of the older members of the forum have a nice recipe for the workhouse's favourite dish - gruel?

Oliver Twist ;-)

This is what we used to make in my childhood. Fortunately we were also pretty well off, so we could eat it with pork.

Grewel Forced

For to make grewel forced.

Take grewel and do to the fyre with gode fleſh and ſeeþ it wel. take the lire of Pork and grynd it ſmal and drawe the grewel thurgh a Strynor and color it with; Safron and sue forth.


In case you're a bit younger than me, you might need a trasnlation:-

http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/media ... wel-forced
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Re: Recipe request

Postby OliverTwist » April 21st, 2010, 3:07 pm

Thanks Ian, that's great. No translation needed, I have Celtic blood so it all makes sense! (although Mr Dickens never mentioned it)
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Re: Recipe request

Postby ianinfrance » April 21st, 2010, 3:16 pm

Hi Ô.

Actually this might be a bit more practical .

http://thefoody.com/hsoup/gruel.html

Tell you want I find fascinating - I'd never made the connection before so thanks for mentioning it - is between the English "gruel" and the French "Gruyau" which I know in English as "Groats".
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Re: Recipe request

Postby scullion » April 21st, 2010, 4:13 pm

hahaha, i was going to post that recipe (good old forme) but i thought it would have been too rich for the workhouse - i'm pretty sure they would have had the leaner/later version!
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Re: Recipe request

Postby spotteddick » April 21st, 2010, 6:01 pm

well here in Germany it is called Haferschleim or oat slime :?

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Re: Recipe request

Postby Bazzer » April 22nd, 2010, 1:03 am

scullion wrote: when he's sprawled out, drunk, on the floor i sometimes knick some anyway!


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Re: Recipe request

Postby scullion » April 22nd, 2010, 8:38 am

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Re: Recipe request

Postby Bazzer » April 22nd, 2010, 9:44 am

:evil: Plus two million times.

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Re: Recipe request

Postby Annie » April 22nd, 2010, 10:26 am

never realised it was spelt kniced Bazzer

Cook using a wet kipper to thrash with in the work house what luxury. I would have thought she would use an old wooden spoon just to stir things up a little.
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Re: Recipe request

Postby Bazzer » April 23rd, 2010, 6:53 am

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