Last night, my mom sent me a couple of links to these fantastic videos from a site called Great Depression Cooking with Clara.
Although Clara’s Chicago-based culinary experience growing up during the depression was a little different than my own grandparents, who were raised in rural, eastern North Carolina, the sentiment is the same — we make the best with what we have.
In the video below, Miss Clara, who was 93-years-old at the time, explains how to make a “Poor Man’s Feast” the way her mother did during the Great Depression.
The meal consists of:
- Fried beef cooked with lemon juice and olive oil
- Lentils and rice
- Endives salad with lemon juice and olive oil
- Italian bread
While the food on the menu in Clara’s house might’ve been a little different than what was on a country table in Depression-era Craven County (think wild game and dumplings, along with collards and potatoes), I’m sure the folks partaking in these lovingly prepared meals were grateful to have them.