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everything tastes of porridge

No matter how lost one gets in fantasy, the reality of day-to-day life (here represented by "porridge") is always present and cannot be ignored. Just remember, future Broadway star, that everything tastes of porridge.

keep your breath to cool your porridge

Focus on yourself and your life, rather than other people's lives and issues. Lady Martha, I strongly suggest that you keep your breath to cool your porridge, rather than intruding upon these affairs.
See also: breath, cool, keep, porridge

save one's breath

Refrain from arguing about a lost cause, as in You can save your breath; I'm not going to change my mind. This term was also put as save your breath to cool your porridge (or broth), that is, by not blowing on the too hot liquid. The idea of not expending one's breath to say something another person doesn't want to hear dates from the early 1700s.
See also: breath, save