Late-night snack in 1374

It’s 1374 and you’re hungry for a late-night snack. I wonder if people even really had late-night snacks then. Probably not actually. They would make sure to eat well during the day, during their regular main meals.

Still, I often like to have a bowl of oatmeal or buckwheat porridge as a late-night snack and because I don’t use sugar nor any other sweeteners (I use stevia drops in tea or hot chocolate but usually not in food) it always makes me think.

I like to put raisins, dates, bananas, and other fruit in porridge but I think even raisins might have been rare to people in 1374. At night I usually only put raisins or dates in porridge. Tonight I was out of raisins and dates so I just had buckwheat porridge with the usual unsweetened soymilk. It was good.

Eating this way though I’m not unaware of how radically different my diet is from the vast majority of people. The primary way I consume grains is when they’ve been boiled. This really changes something with your body.

It’s kind of strange living on a diet for which I have virtually no support whatsoever from my surrounding culture.

It would be interesting to know exactly what foods people ate back in 1374. In some ways I think it must have been much closer to how I eat now.