FRIED GREEN TOMATOS....FRUGAL NOODLES.....and CORN MEAL MUSH.....Depression Era Cooking....

 

 FRIED GREEN TOMATOS…. FRUGAL NOODLES….and CORN MEAL MUSH…….Depression Era Cooking…..

I grew up on the poor side of town…..Our house sat near a railroad track and every time the train went by our dishes would shake in the cabinet…….My Mom was a single Mom and often she had to find ways to really stretch a dollar….We always had plenty to eat….thanks to my Mom’s frugal ways of knowing what meals to make….She used to call the dishes she made “Poor People’s Food” or “Depression Era Cooking….” I guess we were poor growing up but I didn’t really realize it….simply because my Mom always made it that we had enough…..

I grew up learning all kinds of inexpensive ways to cook….from frying up a batch of fresh green tomatoes to rolling out handmade noodles from flour and water……We ate a lot of fried corn meal mush that was oh so yummy…..It was always topped off with homemade brown sugar syrup…..Or even Salad Soup….healthy and yummy….

These recipes were so good and yet so simple and even to this day I make all of them often….Not because I am still “poor” but because I simply love the taste of these dishes…Simple and so inexpensive…….I have many Depression Era recipes…..These are only a few…..Oh by the way, We never “measured” where I came from….we simply did the taste test method….so I don’t have cups and measurements to give you….but I can tell you how we made my wonderful “Depression Era Food….”

 

SALAD SOUP…..

I take every kind of vegetable that I have in my fridge that needs to be used and put it in a big pot with water and simmer all day….I usually use lettuce, cabbage, carrots, oinions, garlic (love garlic), tomatos, bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, celery, and pretty much any other green vegetable….I add spices and simmer it all day down to a very thick soup……It is healthy and delicious….and very inexpensive….especailly when you are using vegetables that need to be used up anyways…..

 

FRUGAL NOODLES aka PEROGIE NOODLES….

There are several ways to make them….If one is really frugal it is simply done with flour and salt with water….rolled out on a cutting board and dropped into hot boliling water….If you want to add eggs to the mix it makes it even better…..The receipe is basically flour, eggs, salt, and water made into a semi-sticky ball….rolled out thin on a floured cutting board…..Sliced into half inch wide by 3 inch length noodles…dropped into boiling water…Usually takes about 10 minutes to cook from start to finish. Drained….Served with butter….So yummy….and so inexpensive…

 

FRIED GREEN TOMATOS….

Almost any green tomatos will do….Slice fairly thin. Dip in flour…and fry in oil…..till brown….Put between two slices of buttered bread…..this is one of my favorites…For some it needs to be an acquired taste while for others they will simply love it….

 

CORN MEAL MUSH….

I was in college and I made a lot of this…..My financially broke girlfriends would all stop by for some of my fried homemade Corn Meal Mush with brown sugar syrup….

The brown sugar syrup is easy. I use a stick of butter and brown sugar. If I have Maple flavoring I will use that at the end to taste….I simply melt the butter and sugar together to form a syrup….It is every bit as good as any of the store bought syrups I have tried….Goes great on the fried mush…

Fried Mush….I simply use half corn meal and half grits together in boiling water…..I cook the two together till it becomes very thick….adding sugar to taste into the pot before I take it off of the stove……I pour the thickened Mush into a buttered large pan and let cool. Then refrigerate overnight…..The next morning I slice it in medium sized square slices and fry in butter……One can dip them in flour before frying for extra crispy….Till golden brown…..Top with Syrup and butter….Oh so yummy and so inexpensive…..

 

So yes, here are a few of my favorite recipes…..I love being able to cook delicious foods while saving money at the same time….Bon Appetite!

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