Apologies for the lack of posts this week, sadly the Wartime Housewife was violated and the site had to be temporarily shut down. We are now cleansed and raring to go.
I have come across brose in two contexts; as a refreshing health drink and in the form of Atholl Brose, a delicious pudding. Brose is of Scottish origin and is a dish made by pouring boiling water or milk onto oats and then flavoured with salt and butter.
However, The Salvationist movement were great fans of brose as a cleansing and invigorating health drink which they detail in their 1954 book ‘Eat, Drink and Grow Clever’ by A B Cunning. In it he expounds the theory that, with the right nutrition, one can improve children’s personalities, behaviour, school reports, tempers, health and teeth. The book is unspeakably smug and within a few pages you want to beat the characters to death with marrows, but the message is a good one, and all the more relevant in a time when rubbish non-food is everywhere.
Cunning recommends drinking brose several times a day, an hour before a meal or two hours afterwards in order to charge our batteries and cleanse and rehydrate the system.
2 x jugs
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon oatmeal
1 pint boiling water
Put the salt and oats into a jug
Pour on the boiling water
Soak for 20 minutes
Strain off the liquid for drinking
It can be sweetened with a little black treacle, orange or lemon juice
However, for the more hedonistic among us, there is a delicious pudding called Atholl Brose. The only thing it has in common with the above is the oats. Which I guess makes it health food as well! Sort of…. It’s jolly delicious though.
1 x medium bowl
6 x dessert glasses
1 ½ oz (45g) almonds – chopped
1 ½ oz (45g) medium oatmeal
10 fl oz double cream – whipped to soft peaks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons whisky
3 tablespoons honey
Thin lemon twists to decorate
Mix the almonds and oatmeal together and place under a medium grill, turning frequently, until lightly browned
Leave to cool
Whisk the lemon juice, whisky and honey into the cream
Gently fold in the almonds and oatmeal
Spoon the mixture into the glass and decorate with the lemon twists