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Food Friday: Cereal 
31st-Oct-2008 10:13 pm
I feel like I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this entry, but we spent all day cleaning the house and then much of the early evening cooking. I spent the last hour carving a squash and a pumpkin for All Hallows... The brain dead, it is upon me.

I am not eating the pumpkin, but I can tell you what I did eat lots of today: cereal.

We had a milk redundancy and were forced to have cereal for lunch.

Normally, I'm not a cereal fan. It's probably because I'm really not a milk fan.

As a child, I hated cereal because I hated it to go soggy.
And, I didn't want to drink the leftover milk. Apparently, milk was good for children in the 80s. Not now, how convenient. :)

In my teens, my gram went anti-milk for a while and used to put fruit juice over her cereal, particularly cranberry juice. Unfortunately, I couldn't follow suit. I find that there is a necessary amount of milk absorption that has to occur for cereal to be palatable for me.
Cereal with soggy bits because of juice is somehow worse, I don't know why. And, yes, I'm a picky, picky person. Rather Goldilocks-esque in my milk-cereal ratio ideals.

As with everything, since those halcyon days of yore, cereal has gotten more and more exciting and complicated and varied.

Recently, we've been buying cereal by Dorset Cereals. I really like the stuff, probably because it's very little cereal and mostly dried fruit and nuts.
My favorite is one that has mango, pecans, dates, and coconut primarily. (It's the one in the black box, for the curious.)

I still won't drink the excess milk, but at least I can enjoy a quick breakfast without feeling cheated of a possible cheese fix.

Got a favourite cereal? And, do you prefer hot or cold?
31st-Oct-2008 10:39 pm (UTC) - Mmmm ... cereal!
As a kid, I usually ate the following: Cookie Crisp, Cocoa Krispies, Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch, or Sugar/Honey Smacks.

As a teen: I tended to gravitate towards things like Golden Grahams and Honey-Oat Cheerios.

As an adult (hypo/prediabetic): I liked whole grain cereals with things like dates (I'm still a junkie for those things!), golden raisins and walnuts. These were/are great for also sprinkling over a serving of yoghurt.

Throughout all time periods (up to post-diabetic), I also liked oatmeal) though as a kid, it was usually the instant stuff with things like apples n cinnamon), the large biscuit-style shredded wheat with hot milk and honey poured on top.

Post-diabetic: I have to be careful of sugars and carbs, but I did wind up liking cereals such as GoLean Crunch (which, whilst high-carb is also high protein!), and nowadays I'll cook my oats, adding plenty of cinnamon and flaxseed with a bit of agave or a sprinkle of powdered stevia. Occasionally, I'll treat myself to some chopped dates, thrown in with the oats.
31st-Oct-2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I can eat Peanut Butter Capt. Crunch straight out of the box, but for more nutritious cereal, it's Sultana Bran all the way. It's not just the raisins that are different, it's the bran. So much better than American Raisin Bran. I went through two boxes in my ten days in London. *g*

I dislike soggy cereal too, so I eat quickly, but I do like the leftover milk.
31st-Oct-2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm really not a fan of cold cereal, I have been known to eat cereal out of the box and drink a glass of milk though. I really dislike soggy cereal.

Hot, I like porridge, but I rarely bother making it.
31st-Oct-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
when I was a kid in the winter sometimes people put warm/hot milk on cornflakes on a cold morning. They went soggy even quicker than normal with hot milk.

When I stayed with Gran for a while (I'd got a scholarship to a private school in Glasgow, just when my folks moved to Edinburgh, so we had a trial of me living with my grandparents in Glasgow for a while so I could finish the term), she used to work early mornings as a cleaner, and left the house before I got up. She used to put the hot milk on my cornflakes before she left the house - so, not only were they soggy, they were soggy with now-cooled boiled milk. Talk about Yuck!!
1st-Nov-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I pick a different dorset colour when one box empties, breakfast tends to shift between that, less grown up cereal (frosties, cinnamon graham, raisin wheats or something like that) and tasty bread products (crumpets, muffins, toast) with jam or honey. You know me though, milk is good, I just have to eat the slightly soggy cereal first so that the dry bits have time get a bit soggy, ready to meet its fate.

the hatter
1st-Nov-2008 08:05 am (UTC)
I usually don't eat cereal. It's too soggy. I hate soggy food. (I'm rather weird about that.)
1st-Nov-2008 10:17 am (UTC)
I too enjoy Dorset Cereals. I have a very sweet tooth and have just discovered their children's range...yummy !!
1st-Nov-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
I prefer it cold, and I like a bunch of cereals! I enjoy the Special K that has strawberries and chocolate flakes in it, and I also like wheat-free chocolate stars (I don't have a wheat intolerance problem or anything, but I eat a lot of pasta and other wheaty foods so I sometimes like to vary the cereal!)

1st-Nov-2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I only like cold cereal, except for porridge very, very occasionally. When I was very young I liked Lucky Charms, Cheerios and Cinammon Toast Crunch. Now I think Cheerios smell a bit like pee. :/ I love Special K and have recently started eating a lot of the Tesco's own Strawberry Crisp, which is cheap and delicious. I don't like drinking milk either.
1st-Nov-2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Muesli. Usually mixed with a pack of rolled oats, because the brand I like has a lot of fruit and nuts in, and it makes it go further and taste less sweet.

I put a smallish amount of cold milk on it and leave it for a few minutes to absorb - I don't like to drink leftover milk either. I have been known to pour hot water on it instead in winter, which makes it sort of halfway between muesli and porridge.

I like genuine porridge but don't have the coordination or patience for it on a work day - I end up with porridge all over the hob or microwave, and probably a scalded tongue!
2nd-Nov-2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I don't stock breakfast cereal at home much. That said, I also dislike soggy cereal, so my ideal bowl of it is layered, with Grape Nuts on the bottom, biscuit-y things in the middle, and flakes on top, so there's little time for them to get soggy. Plus raisins and bananas.
3rd-Nov-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. I just tried the black box, had other varieties before, and I'm freakin' sold.

Mmmmmm... goes to have another bowl.
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