02 February 2009

How things have changed

Many years ago, when Zeltus and I were nippers, Mum and Dad were away for the day and left us with Mr and Mrs Appleby who lived next door to us (or so it seems these many years later) who had what seemed like 5 or 6 children. After an energetic mornings play on the green opposite we were called in for lunch.

Now normally, lunch would have consisted of a drink, a sandwich and either a chocolate biscuit or some other treat like an apple.

I was astonished therefore to be given a plate of porridge, and told to help myself from the toppings of syrup, jam, sugar or salt..

At the time I didn't like readybrek, never mind porridge (fussy eater, wasn't I?) and probably made a big fuss, but Mrs Appleby took no nonsense... "If you don't want it, then you will go hungry" which many a 50's child will be fully aware of.

The reason I am writing this, I am about to sit down to a bowl of oats so simple, plain with brown sugar topping and a dusting of cinnamon.. how things have changed. I started to eat hot breakfasts in cold weather when I had a flat in Bedford with no central heating and the only way of keeping warm in winter was a hot breakfast which was filling and cheap.

Keep safe on the roads if you have to venture out, I am lucky, overnight we had a little snow but not too much however I will be in work early to miss some of the traffic.


Dark Side said...

We had lots of snow and it's still coming down here.

I know where your coming from with the porridge thing I have never liked it and still don't to this day even if it is a warm breakfast...urghhhh...xx

Elaine said...

(posted from my new laptop!!!!!)

I love porrige (or rather that shortcut that is Scots Porage Oats - less salt than I used to add during cooking - and absolutely nothing sweet.


Anonymous said...

Ooo, I do love a big bowl of readybrek. Topped with a sliced banana. Yum-yum!

Anonymous said...

Ooo, I do love a big bowl of readybrek. Topped with a sliced banana. Yum-yum!

Annette said...

I only eat breakfast when on hols. That is my treat. I don't like breakfastses.
When I was younger I hated sundays as that was the day we had roast. I hated it. Of course we were made to eat it. Couldn't leave the table until we did.
Now, I love roasts.
Funny how you change when you get older, isn't it?

The W.O.W. factor said...

I love hot oatmeal topped with LOTS of brown sugar on cold mornings!! MMmmmm! A side of toast to go with it!
Mom always made us a hot breakfast on cold mornings. Zoom, Cream of Wheat, Malt-o-meal, and Oatmeal!
They even tasted better when she made them with her loving hands....
~HUGS Sage~