Meals in the 19th Century

Amy, you haven't been in touch with me for days. Does this mean nothing of any real consequence has taken place in the 19th century? What about the guy you're interested in ... Barker or Sam? Or are you simply being mean by not telling me?

Nah, it's nothing like that. I've just been helping Charlotte a lot, you know, 'cause she's having a baby and everything.

It's like all she wants to do is eat. I even heard one of the maids complain 'cause Charlotte eats so much. Honestly, it's crazy how much she stuffs down.

And today she's makin' me go into town with her just to buy some candy!

But she told everybody she just wants me and her to go for a little ride.

Seriously, it's totally like she's totally eating for two.


In a wealthy home in the 1800s, such as the one you currently live in, eating is considered an important event to be savoured, both literally and figuratively. 

Steam locomotives are bringing in foods like diary products and fresh meat to all areas of North America, as well as imported foods such as unique teas and cheeses.

Canned products such as tuna and vegetables are arriving. Fruits are being preserved in bottles.

As the lady of the mansion, Charlotte has the right to plan the menus for each day, although it will be, of course, the hired domestic help who cook the meals. Perhaps she will choose roast turkey for the main course at dinner, normally served in the evening, with potatoes and vegetables. For dessert in the 19th century, cakes and fruit would be considered absolutely delectable. 

Breakfast, always an elegant affair for the wealthy, most likely consists of bacon, sausage, eggs and toast. 
Afternoon tea consists of crust-free sandwiches, scones with different jams, as well as cake and pastries.

And as for the candy in town, you will find treats such as candied fruit, stick of candies, sugar-covered nuts, ribbon candy, peppermint drops ...