My kids would be happy with cold cereal and milk every day. I guess, though, I have too much of my mother in me to serve this more than once a week; once a week is usually on Sundays because getting all 6 of us out the door by 8:00and looking good is rather overwhelming!
As an aside, my mother served hot breakfasts to us almost every day! To five kids! It was scrambled eggs, oatmeal, very flat french toast (that’s another story…another post!), pancakes, incredibly healthy waffles (again…another story!). I love my mother dearly, but I wasn’t fond of her breakfasts. I wanted cold cereal!!!! Now, I’m a mom of (only) 4, and I won’t let my kids have cold cereal…the irony is not lost on my 8 year old.
I tried something new this week to serve for breakfast: cornmeal mush. I remember having it a few times when I was a kid, and I always liked it. To tempt my kids, I served it with a twist: I named it Pocahontas’ Breakfast. And, by golly, after a long discussion of whether or not the Indians used tap water or river water, sugar or syrup, ceramic bowls or wooden trenchers, the girls gobbled it down.
3 cups water
1 cup cornmeal mixed with another 1 cup water
1 t salt
Boil first 3 cups of water, then slowly whisk in cornmeal mixture. Stir constantly (very constantly) for 5 minutes. Lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with “just a ‘plash” (Lizzie says) of milk and a sprinkle of sugar.
I do wish, however, for a better name than “mush.”