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    #31

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Is the word "cream" used in this brand name in this sense?
    I don't think so. I always thought it was meant to refer to the creamy texture.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #32

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    "Breakfast cereal" in the UK covers a multitude of products, mostly eaten cold but, in the case of porridge, hot.

    Here are just a few breakfast cereal products (some are brand names and some are generic names):

    Bran flakes
    All-Bran
    Cornflakes
    Muesli
    Granola (muesli)
    Puffed rice
    Puffed wheat
    Fibre flakes
    Shredded Wheat
    Weetabix
    Coco Pops
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    #33

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In the UK, when people say "porridge", we generally mean the one made of oats (oatflakes, rolled oats, jumbo oatflakes, oatmeal). People who make their morning porridge from a different grain usually specify it. On cold winter mornings, I have quinoa porridge made with hemp milk and rice syrup. (It's delicious, vegan and healthy!)
    Wow! You seemed to be a really good mother and wife as well as a great teacher.

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    #34

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Wow! You seemed to be a really good mother and wife
    I don't quite see the connection between being able to talk about different types of porridge and being a mother and wife, good or otherwise.

    If I worked in a health-food shop as I believe ems does, I would know more about quinoa porridge. That would not turn me into a wife and mother in a million years.
    Last edited by Piscean; 10-Jan-2018 at 22:49. Reason: typo

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    #35

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    I thought she put time into making it herself.

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    #36

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    Some fathers and child-free men and women do, too.

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    #37

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Wow! You seemed to be a really good mother and wife as well as a great teacher.
    Wow! is the right word. I can assure you that I am neither a mother nor a wife. I don't want to sound like a uber-politically-correct pain in the a*se, but suggesting that a woman is either of those things based on her knowledge of and ability to make breakfast products is spectacularly sexist.

    I totally understand that you probably thought that you were being complimentary but I promise you that, in the 21st century, you failed. I am an independent, self-sufficient, childless adult woman.

    Sorry if this sounds like a rant (I suppose it is, to a certain extent) but I really couldn't let your post go without comment.
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    #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In British dictionary definitions of 'porridge', mention is normally made only of 'oats': https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...glish/porridge
    The term rice porridge is widely used for congee in Asia.

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    #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I am an independent, self-sufficient, childless adult woman.
    You, apparently, are happy enough with that word. A number of people I know who have chosen not to litter the world with offspring prefer 'child-free'.

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    #40

    Re: oat porridge, buckwheat porridge, semolina porridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You, apparently, are happy enough with that word. A number of people I know who have chosen not to litter the world with offspring prefer 'child-free'.
    I was happy enough with the term, but I do like your alternative.

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