There were only three descriptions of food in Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep. Two of which were the same breakfast item and the third was fish.
Inge poured the grain out onto a large hot cooking stone, toasting it with a wooden paddle. The house filled with the warm nutty smell and my stomach pinched with hunger.
Halvard set out wooden bowls and Inge filled them with the grain before pouring the hot water over them.
Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep; pg. 81
I personally felt that the description of the grains sounded very, very much like oats. That is how I interpreted the grains so that’s exactly what I decided to use in this recreation. After some quick googling I found the general consensus on toasted oats to be undeniably tasty. I also found that a lot of people toasted their oats in butter (which sounds divine ughh) but for the purpose of this recipe I opted to omit the butter.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.