|Porridge is the quintessential "Depression" food. Incredibly inexpensive and filling. It provides Calories if nothing else.|
Porridge can be made of whatever starchy food is most abundant and economical. For most of North America, it will be corn (maize) based. It can also be wheat, oat, barley, millet, sorgham.....based.
There are three ways to fail at making porridge. You can burn it. You can make lumpy porridge or you can make it too thin. That is it.
There are lots of ways to make porridge (or cornmeal mush or grits or....) This is one way.
Put one full measure of water into a container and put over heat until it comes to a boil.
Take that same measure and half fill it with your cornmeal (or whatever). Then top-off with water. Stir vigorously until the meal is fully suspended.
Add to the boiling water and continue stirring. A spatula is a good tool for this task.
Stir until the mixture thickens. Turn off heat.
Dish out and serve.
While many of these recipes are intended to be humorous, this one is serious. If you can only cook one thing...this is it.