I was just reading about this year’s Golden Spurtle winner. Now I want some porridge.
I love me some porridge. Here are some fun facts about porridge. (Unlike Late Show Fun Facts, these are actually factual, to the best of my knowledge.)
- According to tradition, porridge should only be stirred with a spirtle, not a spoon, as the flat part of the spoon can tear cooked porridge apart. (I prefer the finer Scottish porridge–like this, but I also wish I had some of these) to the kind with big pieces, and a spoon works just fine with that kind.)
- Also according to tradition, porridge should only be stirred with the right hand and in a clockwise direction.
- Porridge aficionados will tell you that it must be eaten standing up, and with a bone spoon.
- Scottish crofters (tenant farmers) once had a special drawer in the kitchen called a porridge drawer. it would be filled with fresh, warm porridge. Once it had cooled and set up, the porridge would be cut into squares that the crofters could take with them to eat while they worked. Thus, the Scots introduced snacking to the world.
So the Germans gave us trousers, but the Scots gave us snacks. To whom do we owe the bigger debt of gratitude?