Tuesday 4 August 2020

August Book Tuesday

A couple of fascinating entries for our Book Tuesday feature.

Victorian Society of Alberta

Stories from the Southern Alberta Rangelands
-by D. Larraine Andrews

"In a remarkable story . . . that helps to explain southern Alberta’s uniqueness, Andrews makes it clear that the land and the people cannot be separated." - Canada's History

"If you are at all connected to ranching in the Canadian West. . . this book will suit the most exacting of historians and is a recommended read." - Canadian Cowboy Country

"This is probably the most comprehensive history of foothills ranching since L.V. Kelly's book The Range Men was first published in 1913. Yet it is superior to this early volume in that it covers a greater time period, right up to modern day ranching." - Alberta History

Rediscovering Forgotten Remedies and Recipes
- by Jane Eastoe

Providing hints, tips, recipes, and historical background, this book explains how many traditional remedies are still in use and how to make them at home
Here is the story of consumer medicine—how drugstore healthcare emerged in just 50 years and how consumers still rely on hundreds of formulations and products that can trace their origins back to the 19th century. Sun cream; treatments for insomnia, dandruff, or warts; perfumes; and soaps are all as important today as they were 100 years ago and are stocked by the local pharmacist. This book takes a look at which products were on offer, whether they were effective, and how they are used today, showing that while the names of products on the pharmacy shelf have changed over time, consumers' hopes and aspirations remain much the same as their Victorian predecessors. This is also the story of the growth of the drugstore, and how families have come to rely upon them as dispensaries of healthcare.

Saturday 1 August 2020

Heritage Day Long Weekend 2020

Normally on this August long weekend we are at Days of Yore in Didsbury. While we are all missing being there, seeing our old friends, making new ones and talking with our visitors, we are looking ahead to next year with great relish. Until then, below are a couple of recipes that are camp favourites for Days of Yore.

We hope you have a wonderful Heritage Day weekend!

We'll see you at Days of Yore in 2021!

Great-Grandma Coleman's Oatmeal cookies

2 1/2 c oatmeal
2 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 c lard
Sour milk or buttermilk

Mix all dry ingredients. Add lard and sour milk to roll. Roll and cut with a glass (round cookie cutter). Bake on greased cookie sheet until slightly golden (350°F, approx 12 minutes)

Date filling:
1 c chopped, pitted dates
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water

Cook in a saucepan, spread on a cookie, top with another cookie to make a sandwich.

Old Fashioned Lemonade
(from the Anne of Green Gables cookbook)

1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c water
Finely grated peel of 1 lemon
1 1/2 c lemon juice (best squeezed from lemons)
Ice cubes
Cold water
Lemon slices and fresh mint (optional)

Measure sugar, water and lemon peel into a saucepan, bring to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, let cool. Add the 1 1/2 c lemon juice, stir. Pour the lemonade syrup into a jar with a lid. This can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

When you're ready for some lemonade, put 2 ice cubes into the bottom of a glass, pour 1/4 c syrup over the cubes, add 3/4 c cold water and stir. Add lemon slices and mint for garnish if desired. Makes enough syrup for 14 glasses of lemonade.