Some People Drink…

Some people drink when they’re frustrated, I cook. It was one of those days where everything took me three times as long to get done, if things got done at all. Then after my day job, I misplaced my keys, slipped in the mud while walking the dog, and forgot an appointment at the bank.…

When we are sick

Before walk-in clinics, health cards, 24 hour pharmacies, and NeoCitran, people got sick. Usually it was up to the women of the house to deal with the illness and help the patient, and using common sense she did just that; good simple food and lots of rest. In praise of slow  and the whole person…

Thank you Marion Kane

I’ve been missing my Mom a lot lately. Probably because I’m working on a few decorating projects around my house.  A passion for decor and design was the one thing that my Mom and I had in common. I could always count on her for a colour consult.  Interior design was always neutral ground. My…

Food that Really Schmecks, and Strawberry Custard Pie

Food that Really Schmecks Mennonite Country Cooking by Edna Staebler published in 1968 was my first hardcover cookbook and I bought it at Provident Bookstore in Northland Mall, which was the first mall in my city, and was in within walking distance of my house.  I spent a lot of time in there browsing the…

Roly-Poly Pudding, Rhubarb and Robin Hood.

The evolution and near extinction of a dessert. Steamed and boiled puddings were popular, and practical and inexpensive, but time consuming. Not in terms of preparation, but in the cooking; boiling or steaming takes time, usually two to three hours.  As women were being liberated from the home and given choice for the first time,…

A recipe for Christmas Cake (Mrs Birr)

I am thrilled to post this recipe. A bit out of season, but it was a request for someone who had read my last post. How happy am I that someone actually read what I wrote? Writing is a solitary act, but published or not, I think we all write to be read, even if…

“New” Books

A few “new” books to add to my out of control collection. #1. Lovely and unexpected gift from a friend; a book that I’ve wanted for a long time but have been unable to find, Ogilvie’s Book for a Cook, from the flour company of the same name, pub. in 1905. I love the preface…

Ten Canadian Cookbooks

Cookbooks, when viewed as more then a collection of recipes (or recipets) are also record keepers and story tellers, they are a product of their time. We can travel back in time and see what was considered popular, prudent or necessary knowledge at the time that that a cook book was written or compiled.  Women’s…