We watched the Oliver! musical on Netflix. I looked up gruel. It’s basically Malt-O-Meal if you’ve ever had that…a thin hot wheat-based soupy stuff. Porridge is a thicker version of gruel. I like Malt-O-Meal with butter and sugar, but I’m guessing Oliver didn’t get any of those in the orphanage/workhouse. Come to think of it, my kids have never had malt-o-meal. Time to let them try it. And if they ask for more, they’ll have to talk to the administrators!