Originally posted by dreamingawake
Could You Stomach These Great Depression Meals?
You'd be amazed what you can find palatable when you're hungry enough.
Tried any of these(the more uncommon for today foods)? Likes, dislikes?
From that list:
Chipped beef on toast - Ate it, lots, and still like it. Go figure.
Mayonnaise sandwiches - ate 'em, and can still stand 'em if I have to.
Ketchup sandwiches - Nope. I don't like ketchup. Otherwise, I could probably handle them.
Hot milk and rice - Yup. Helps to throw some sugar into it.
Turtle/tortoise - Yup. Have to cook them thoroughly, though. I hear they carry salmonella, but I've never contracted it from eating one, and I've
ate lots of them.
Gopher - Nope. No gophers here, but if woodchuck counts...
Potato soup – water base, not milk - Yup. It's thin. helps to toss in extra spices and maybe some flour to thicken it.
Dandelion salad - Yup. Have to get 'em young - they get bitter as they age. Also field cress, Poke weed, all sorts of greenery that other folks
use as decoration I've used for grub.
Sugar sandwiches - Does peanut butter and brown sugar count?
Hot dogs and baked beans - come on now... who HASN'T eaten beanie weenies?
Road kill - yup. Once. A big ol' buck deer that a truck hit and ran in front of my house. State trooper wrote me out a special permission slip to
have it in my possession. Cleaned it up, and chucked it into the freezer. I ain't proud. I ain't often hungry, either.
Oatmeal mixed with lard - sounds like a variant of pemmican to me.
Fried potatoes and hot dogs - both, but never at the same time. seems a little counter productive to me.
Onion sandwich – slices of onion between bread - Of course. It helps with the blood pressure, too.
Tomato gravy and biscuits - I've eaten it. Don't like it.
Cornbread in milk - Just about every day when I was a kid.
Gravy and bread – as a main dish - Uh, what's wrong with that?
Corn mush with milk for breakfast, fried corn mush for dinner - Both.
Squirrel - Yup, and lots of them. It helps not to refer to them as "tree-rats" when you cook 'em - unless you want it all for yourself!
Rice in milk with some sugar - wasn't this already listed?
Beans - Yup, usually in the company of corn bread.
Boiled cabbage - Once. I can't stand to be in the same house where it's being boiled now. I can't get it into my mouth to eat it 'cause it has to
pass under my nose.
American cheese sandwich, ‘American’ cheese was invented because it was cheap to make, and didn’t require refrigeration that may or may not
exist back then. - Yup. that's actually what I had for dinner this evening. I'm easy, and low-maintenance, too!
What I've eaten from the rest of the list:
Toast with milk gravy - Check. Not too bad, and beats the hell out of a growling belly.
Water fried pancakes - Is there another kind?
Fried bologna - Ate it, hate it. Once you start applying heat to bologna, it smells like arm pit frying to me. No thanks.
Butter and sugar sandwiches - does peanut butter count for the butter?
Fried potato and bread cubes - I can't recall anything like that, but I've eaten lots of fried potato fritters. Do I get extra credit for that?
Bean soup - Of course. All different kinds.
Runny eggs with grits - If you ain't never eat that, well, Y'all just ain't from around here, are ye?
Butter and grits with sugar and milk - I've done it, but have yet to figure out why folks would want
to pour milk on grits, or why they would
mix butter and sugar BOTH into them, but I reckon it takes all kinds.
Baked apples - Baked, Fried, Dried, Raw, Canned, is there any way you can't
eat an apple?
Corn meal mush - Yup. It helps to find other stuff to throw into it to give it some flavor.
Whatever fish or game you could catch/hunt - Oh HELL yeah! that's how I grew up. I've been known to lay out on the river bank for a week or two at a
time and eat only what I could catch and cook right there. Besides, where do you think the squirrels and woodchucks (and deer, rabbit, turtles, etc)
listed above came from? Folks don't think they just volunteer to get eaten, do they?
Tomato sandwiches - yup. I can hack them pretty well as long as the tomatoes ain't cooked. that puts 'em a little too far to the slimy side of
Spam and noodles with cream of mushroom soup - Yup, and I hate it. It's the Spam, really. the rest is just fine if you leave the spam out. I'd feed
the spam to my dogs instead, but hell, my dogs won't even eat the stuff.
edit on 2011/12/31 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)