Weird Hobby # 581: DEPRESSION ERA COOKING!
Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a YouTube video starring this 90+ year old lady named Clara making a dish called the Poorman’s Meal. It may sound boring, but I absolutely fell in love with her and her storytelling. Much like TV chefs, she will spend time telling you what goes in the recipe, but will also throw in anecdotes and memories she had from the Great Depression. After watching the Poorman’s Meal video, I proceeded to make it myself, and was really surprised by how tasty it was (I did modify the recipe a little… less oil, and it looks like she uses vegetable oil where I used olive, things like that).
So I went on to watch the rest of her videos. What a treat! There’s plenty of easy recipes, and if they aren’t quite appealing, just substitute with a different ingredient and chances are you’ll have something great to eat. Clara is such a doll, and it’s wonderful to know that she’s been making these videos for 5 years and she’s still going strong!
Here’s the first video I watched (but check out her YouTube channel, which has everything!):