People in the past knew how to feast…..and how to enjoy a simple dinner.
Holiday feasts weren’t the casual throw-together meals that we generally create. But their everyday meals were often kept quite simple, unlike our weekdays meals which can be time consuming.
I don’t want to over-generalize. All you need to do is pick up Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls and read the descriptions of his meals and you will know that many a farmer had bigger meals then we could ever imagine! (and there was a farmer’s wife who made it all too). But still, there are many literary illusions to simple meals of the past that have always appealed to me.
For example, in Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, set in the eighteen hundreds, Molly toasts bread and cheese for a rustic dinner together with her Father. A dinner her more refined step mother sticks her nose up at.