Saturday, June 16, 2007
Choosing the right - in every sense - breakfast cereal is a daily crisis for us all. Do we go for virtue - Kellogg's 190 per cent Vindaloo Bran with senna pods and plum concentrate - or vice - Nestle's Frosted Chocolate Bacon Nuggets with butter and beef dripping? I have, finally found the solution. John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal is so much more than just food, it is an education. The tin alone can keep you occupied for hours. This stuff won gold medals at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893, at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and at the International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. You will be relieved to hear that it won its Uniformity of Granulation certificate on 28th June 1894, approved by John Boyd Thacher of the Chicago Committee of Awards, and, of course, that it is 'steel cut'. The oats themselves are, naturally, 'the golden heart of Ireland'. This is not a cereal, it is an education; no, it is an anthem. Furthermore, it takes half an hour to cook, giving one plenty of time to think, mutter and write a couple of posts. No doubt about it, you're a good man John McCann.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:08 am