A 1960s recipe using an ingredient that might have decorated the kitchen.
The edible part of flax plants, however, are the seeds, sometimes called linseeds, a reference to the use of the plant to grow fiber for linen. They’re a bit spicy, and my mother makes a North African dip from them by grinding them in a food processor. The seeds can also be pressed to produce linseed oil, which in an edible cooking oil with a pronounced flavor. It’s also an ingredient in paint and varnish.
In 1855, an Englishman named Frederick Walton noticed that some paint containing linseed oil had dried on the side of the can to a flexible texture. He suspected this could be used as a substitute for expensive tree-based rubber and ultimately created a substance he named by mashing together the words “linseed” and “oleo.” Thus, linoleum was born.
Again, don’t believe it when this says “starchless.” Just like the building cereal recipe, this contains plenty of starch and gluten, though it might be low on the glycemic index.
From a box sold in Chicago, Illinois.
Cereal – Cleansing
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup plain wheat bran
1 Tbsp. of flax
1 Tbsp. rice bran
1 Tbsp. ground flax
Add this to 2 cups of boiling water with 1 tsp. salt. Cook 2 minutes.
This starchless cereal can be used by diabetics.