Gruel !!!

GRUEL !!!

All right, what did you think when you read “Gruel?”

Gruel has a negative image because it gets associated with stalags,gulags, prison camps, 19th century English orphanages etc.

Gruel is simply a grain that is boiled and has a high water to meal ratio.

I’m not sure if what I made would be considered “Gruel” because it has meat and mushrooms in it, but just looking at the finished product, it is gruelish.

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Several months ago the grocery store had a reset and the dried mushrooms were marked down to 50 cents a bag and I bought about six bags.  I did not like the way the mushrooms turned out when I made them before, so I thought that I would boil them up here, wiz them up and use that for the base of the gruel.

I also bought a package of “pork neck bones”.  At the time that I bought them, I thought that they looked funny.  I know my pig parts and these did not look like pork neck bones.  They turned out to be various cut offs from pork items and for $1.20 a pound, I think that I came out ahead.

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Browning the pork.

Very simple seasoning, salt, ground pepper and red chili flakes.

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I took the pork parts out , added the water and boiled the two packages of the dried mushrooms.

I wizzed the mushrooms up, added the barley and then tossed the cut up pork back in.

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This pot made enough for lunch all week, plus a bowl to sample.

Turned out gosh darn, nasty good. !!!

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