Disney Adventures: Cinderella

This week we finally got to another "princess classic" of Disney. However it really didn't show much food. We were both a little disappointed and relieved at the same time. I think we still have leftovers from Johnny Appleseed in our fridge somewhere. Our freezer is getting a little overwhelmed as well. Making feasts with only 2 people to feed has been an adventure on its own. Even when we invite friends over to eat, it's still so much food. What did the cast of Cinderella eat? Well, breakfast, mostly. It was the only food shown the entire movie.

When we watched the show, we saw two breakfasts served to Cinderella's evil step-mother and step-sisters. Breakfast one consisted of some white mushy stuff that was put into bowls, and hot water for what we assumed would be made into tea. The second breakfast was toast and tea cups and hot water yet again. The chickens and mice were fed corn kernels, and Lucifer the cat drank some cream. We figured this would be pretty easy. The white mush must be porridge, and the toast is obviously toast. There were, however, some discrepancies.

You see, Cinderella takes place in France in the late 1800's to early 1900's. During this period of time breakfast usually consisted of fruit, croissants, and coffee or hot cocoa. We searched for anything that could lead us to think they might eat porridge or something similar for a regular breakfast in France. We came up mostly empty. I did find out that cream of wheat made its debut at the 1900 Paris exposition, though I couldn't find much to tell me the French actually ate it very much outside of that event. Tea is common for English breakfasts, so we let the hot water slide as being tea related. Toast was easy, the French are very well known for their breads. The last straw I could grasp at was finding a breakfast soup that is occasionally served in France made of potatoes and leeks. The source wasn't verified enough for me to really hold that up as a featured food. We think the animators were just being lazy and didn't actually research what foods would be eaten in France during that time period.

As a side note: the toast was not "French toast," but rather a simple slice of French bread that was toasted. In fact, it looked like bread out of a bag, so it probably wasn't even legitimate French bread, but I found a French bread recipe and cooked it in a bread pan so it had a bagged bread shape.

What we did find is that the French like Greek yogurt. We used that in our porridge, just to French it up a bit, and it turned out alright. I had to add a bit of brown sugar to my bowl. The bread turned out really good, but I love any sort of French bread. We made some hot cocoa just for fun, and it was pretty dark. I like dark chocolate and all, but I prefer my hot cocoa to be a bit sweeter. Hopefully we see another French story soon so we can make the food in real French-style. I love the way they cook over there!

Up next: Alice in Wonderland. I wonder how that will all turn out…? Stay tuned, adventurers!

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    Mary Hildebrandt
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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