During these times large quantities of it were distributed to the hungry. It was also used to feed the chickens and added to turnips, which were cut by hand on the edge of a scythe, for pigs.
It is exactly the same as the ground meal used for "Grits" in the southern United States and a finer-ground version is used as Polenta in Europe. In Ireland, it was made into porridge, pancakes and bread for country households and was still in common use up until the 1970's.
Gosh! That sounds like something that happened in the 1940’s but I’m talking about the 1970’s! Then, I guess, this is what traditions are all about…
Pull the dough together in the bowl with a sprinkling of flour and turn it over
This goes deliciously with Homemade Rhubarb Jam and you can see my recipe for that here.
Do enjoy it and give some to your Granny - it will take her back to her childhood! :)