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  • n. Plural form of gruel.


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  • Such families lived on one-pot meals -- gruels, soups, stews -- bread, macaroni, and oatmeal.

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  • In developing countries, weaning foods are commonly gruels made from staple cereals such as rice, maize, and wheat.

    Josh Ruxin: Hungry Cows, Hungrier People

  • The African Council of Food and Nutritional Sciences estimates that these gruels supply only half of the energy content of breast milk and little of the protein.

    Josh Ruxin: Hungry Cows, Hungrier People

  • The sweet potatoes were cooked, mashed, and added to these gruels as a thickener and nutrient.

    Mexican Sweet Potatoes, from Soup to Dessert: Los Camotes

  • They suggested that this would have then been cooked into a gruel, a precursor to the gruels that fed European and New World peasants for so many centuries.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • This same Lethlean article also refers to another kind of porridge, one made from ground corn - polenta - which was also the Italian word to describe gruels made in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance from things like spelt, chestnut flour and the aforementioned millet and acorns.

    At My Table

  • Less appealing but very nourishing were gruels, a sort of liquid drink made from cereals such as millet, rye, barley, oats, corn and of course wheat, whose modern equivalents are porridge and polenta.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • When you look at terrorism and the face of terrorism today, there are so many new groups that have popped up on the scene: Ansar Al - Islam, Jihad Islamaya (ph), Abu Sayyaf, all these different gruels.

    CNN Transcript Jul 29, 2005

  • Simpleness of diet was prescribed to them, roots, pottage, gruels, eating flesh but thrice a-week, because the accustomed feeding on flesh is a dishonourable corruption of the body; and behold, their tables groan under delicate fare!


  • Since prehistory they have been dried, ground into flour, and used in the same way that the starchy cereals are, to make gruels, breads, pastas, cakes, and provide substance in soups.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen


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