‘Poverty and Oysters Always Seem to Go Together’– and Beans

‘Poverty and Oysters Always Seem to Go Together’– and Beans



As ‘Dickens’ Sam Weller remarks in the Pickwick papers:
‘Poverty and oysters always seem to go together’.


What is with the Victorian obsession with oysters?—slimy rubber creatures that have no place in my menu. When I was a child, my father used to be in charge of the Cowansville Trinity Church’s annual Oyster Dinner. You would think they were serving filet minion the way his eyes lit up when the day approached.


 Photo January 1900 CP Herald
Found by Josh Greer- and property of Lisa Occomore and Brad Occomore of Valley Granite & Tile

Basically oysters with a  good pot of baked beans was the food of the poor, and the poorer you were the more oysters you would put in your pie and the beans in your pot. Oysters were plenty, the smaller ones sold as fast food while the bigger ones were put in
stews and pies to make up for the deficiency of meat. It was a cheap source of protein.


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Photo from The Grand Hotel–2017

Oysters were also a typical food to be found in public houses and the local pubs where they were most commonly served with a pint of stout. Stout beers were popular because of their strong flavour, higher alcohol content, longer shelf life and because they were cheaper than other beers. The claims of Stout being a nutritious drink made the
pairing with oysters and a side of beans the perfect cheap meal for the working class on their way home with their wages.


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 Photo January 1900 CP Herald
Found by Josh Greer- and property of Lisa Occomore and Brad Occomore of Valley Granite & Tile.. Mrs Love was located at the Good Food Co. and she began the famous Italian Candys. Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour





Clipped from The Weekly Hawk Eye,  08 Feb 1883, Thu,  Page 4



December 17 1890


December 19 189


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Scalloped Oysters

  • 1 quart shucked oysters in their liquor
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Celery salt, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pick oysters free of any shells.

In a deep buttered casserole, mix together crackers, bread crumbs, and melted butter. Place a thin layer of crumb mixture in the bottom of the casserole. Cover it with half of the oysters. Season cream with nutmeg, salt, pepper and celery salt (if using). Pour half of this mixture over the oysters. On the next layer, use the oysters, 3/4 of the remaining crumb mixture and cover that with seasoned cream. Top with the remaining crumbs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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