Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Explanations for my "foreign" readers

In the comments section of my last post, I found this:

Maddy said...
You worry me. For the benefit of your foreign readers would you be kind enough to consider translating 'grits' which sounds highly unpleasant especially if you're planning to eat it, as well as 'peeps' which sounds like 'people' and I wouldn't like any of your readers to leave with the impression that you are a cannibal.....are you?


Maddy is one of my favorite stops in blogland. She often leaves me laughing to the point of tears. She describes herself as, "Ex-pat from the UK. Middle aged, bifocaled and technically challenged. My Significant Other and I currently enjoy fragile custody of 3 minors and a major, two girls, two boys, two with blue eyes, two with brown eyes, two with autism, two without."

So at her request, and for all you other foreigners out there avidly reading my blog I shall translate grits and peeps.


According to Wikipedia, Grits is a type of corn porridge and a food common in the Southern United States consisting of coarsely ground corn. This is similar to many other thick maize-based porridges from around the world such as polenta It also has a lesser resemblance to farina, a thinner porridge.

When you grind corn, the coarse grind is grits and the fine grind is corn meal like that used for corn bread.

They are commonly eaten at breakfast - especially in the South. My mother was from North Carolina and we ate all things Southern growing up. To this day I never tire of grits and corn bread with tons of butter.


Wikipedia says:

PEEPS® Brand Candies are small marshmallow candies, sold in the United States, which are shaped into baby chickens, rabbits, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays. PEEPS® are primarily used to fill Easter baskets, although the Just Born company is trying to change that by introducing new shapes and advertising "PEEPS® - Always in Season". They are made from marshmallow, sugar, gelatin, and carnauba wax.

You can purchase Peeps everywhere - drugstores, supermarkets, Target, etc. When you first buy them they're all squooshy - like eating a marshmallow. They're okay that way, but I prefer to open the package and let them harden for a month or several. We're just finishing the last package from Easter right now and they are perfectly cured.

So Maddy, I hope that gives you enough explanation to ease your mind a bit. I am not now nor have I ever been a cannibal.

Any other American oddities you're wondering about?


moonrat said...


(what other explanation do you need...?)

Maddy said...

Ah all is so much clearer now, although I think I may stick to porridge.

As for Peeps, I have seen those now that you show the pictures but I always thought they were just fancy marshmallows, I never noticed their name - but my inattention to detail is spotlighted by my reading of your blog - I could have sworn I read 'erase your mind' rather than 'ease your mind'!

Very best wishes for your patience

The Anti-Wife said...

You are a woman of obvious good taste!

You should try grits. They're yummy.

Demon Hunter said...

I am from the south and I have and always will love grits! With cheese and butter, of course! :*)

I eat grits for breakfast, dinner, or whatever. Fish and grits is the best! :*)

WriterKat said...

I've never seen halloween peeps before, that's a first over here.

The Anti-Wife said...

You must lead a very sheltered life. They have ghosts, pumpkins and cats for Halloween. You need to get out more!

Robin said...

What is porridge? Is it oatmeal? I always thought it was a made up food only found in fairy tales.

Joker The Lurcher said...

i found you from maddy's blog and i have to say the peeps thing was worrying me too. grits just sounds like a rather odd eating habit, like coal, but peeps? in our house they are people!

Ello said...

The best grits I ever had was in New Orleans. Course it was one of many best foods I ate. I love grits with maple syrup - like it sweet not savory. But now have a terrible hankering for it, thanks AW. And what I wouldn't do for good cornbread!!!!

Never did like those peeps. too cloyingly sweet for me. Give me chocolate!

wordtryst said...

Marshmallow candies? No, thank you. I'll pass. I'm with ello on this - give me my poison straight up. Chocolate.