More Helpful Hints from Canadian Cookbooks

Of course there was a time before the internet and our information on demand mentality, before we could Google the weight of an egg or at what temperature should we cook a ten pound turkey and for how long, or why do hard boiled egg yolks sometimes turn green, someone somewhere had to have the…

Celebrations

March 28.  would have been my Mom’s 71st birthday, sadly she died almost four years ago, a vibrant 67, too young, and it wasn’t any easy death.  Frankly, cancer really pisses me off…But, death offers lessons if we can see beyond our anger and grief.  Of course, life is finite,but we tend not to understand…

Brownies, Funeral Food, and Hatterstrong.

A friend of mine died last week, too soon, and he will be deeply missed by so many, but most especially his wife, children and his family. This was a week of intense, and often spontaneous emotions, whether it was tears of sadness or deep belly laughs of joy when sharing stories and experiences, all…

The comfort of pudding

When I was at chef school, a long time ago, we didn’t study puddings, we didn’t make puddings, and we didn’t eat them, not even in the privacy of our own kitchens, they were as we were told, “too homey,” which meant, too working class, unforgivably, thickened with cornstarch, and therefore, too common; dismissed as…

Mrs Jameison’s Brownie Pudding

Today I was invited into a neighbor’s  garage to go through his garbage?  He had piles and piles of boxes that were headed to the green dumpster sitting in his driveway, he knew that I cooked and that I liked “old kitchen things,” so did I want to have a look before he tossed it…

Madeira Pudding

I’m not sure why steamed puddings went out of fashion; they are easy, easy to make, they do take time to steam, but they don’t have to be watched during the process, maybe just top up the water every now and then, and the puddings don’t require any special equipment.  I’ve heard people say that…

Happy Birthday to a Classic Canadian Cook Book, I love Madeira Pudding

“The recipes were supplied by Canadian Housewives and are suitable for use in all parts of the Dominion.  These recipes were carefully tested by competent authority thoroughly versed in the culinary requirements of Canadian Housewives…Wherever possible, buy “Made in Canada” goods.  True patriotism urges all loyal Canadians to encourage the “Made in Canada” movement.” The…