Peas hot, Peas cold, Peas old

And now time to ponder some sayings about food.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the rhyme:

Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold,

peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

I’ve always loved a good stew. Even a day-old stew. But this is going to make at stew with new eyes.

And I can’t help thinking back and wondering about Grandma’s old black stove and old black pot!


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