Wartime Wednesday: Baked Macédoine
With rationing and the scarcity of meat during WWII, home cooks had to get creative to provide filling and nutritious meals. Vegetables were generally plentiful, but finding proteins could be challenging. As a result, eggs, cheese, and legumes (beans) were often substituted for chicken and beef.
A macédoine is a fancy term for vegetables (such as carrots and turnips) diced small or cut small (such as green beans) and mixed with peas. The vegetables are typically cooked separately in salted water, then drained before being combined at the end in a mayonnaise dressing.
This recipe from Better Meals in Wartime puts a twist on the concoction by baking it in cheese. Easy, quick, and delicious.
1 ½ C boiled rice
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
2 C canned or fresh stewed tomatoes
1 C cooked corn
3 T margarine (remember butter was tough to find!)
1 T chopped onion
2 T flour
1 T chopped parsley
½ C grated cheese
2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 t Worcestershire sauce
Melt margarine, add onion and cook three minutes. Add flour and mix well. Add tomatoes and stir until mixture thickens slightly. Add corn, rice, egg, and seasonings .Place in greased baking dish, sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Peas, lima beans, and/or carrots may be substituted for corn or any combination of cooked vegetables.
With most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.
Conscientious objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.
Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?
Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.
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