Here’s today’s Depression-era recipe — this one from my grandfather who could make an old boot sound delicious:
2 slices of white bread, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup milk
(sprinkle of sugar if you have it)
Mix ingredients together and enjoy like a bowl of cereal.
Tomorrow we’ll explore Wilson’s favorite dish, Dirt Pie.
My dad grew up before and during the Depression. I can still remember him doing something similar after dinner if we didn’t have a bonafide dessert. (It’s also good with cornbread.) A similar “treat” I remember is putting cold (previously cooked) white rice in a bowl with milk and sugar. My wife (from the Philippines) says that’s only for sick people, but we did it all the time when I was a kid. We also ate freshly cooked rice with butter, cinnamon and sugar. But then I’m the type who has to have peanut butter and maple syrup on pancakes, waffles, etc.
Oh, yeah. I’m with you and the rice with milk and sugar thing. Also left-over gravy poured over pancakes for dinner. I’ll never forget the time my Dad made “stone soup.” Very funny, Dad.