Recipe Cards


This recipe for "Apple Crisp" was contributed to the cookbook by Miss Helen Bruce from Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The recipe instructs the reader to dice six apples and mix them with lemon juice, white sugar, brown sugar, water or pineapple juice, and cinnamon, then place them in a buttered baking dish. Then, mix the flour, butter, and sugar to make crumbles and sprinkle them over the apple mixture. Finally, bake the dish for 30 minutes (there is no specified temperature provided) and serve the finished product with whipped cream. This recipe is the epitome of the comfort food that people wanted after the end of the Second World War; it also includes white and brown sugars, which no longer needed to be rationed. Apples were a staple fruit that Canadians were encouraged to incorporate into their diet in the mid-20th century because of their health benefits and availability. In fact, they were considered "patriotic" by the Department of Agriculture and consuming them was a way to serve the country in the war effort.


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This "recipe" was contributed to the cookbook by Mrs. B. W. Tibbitt. It involves some very important ingredients: human kindness, self-forgetfulness, lending a hand, will power, and common sense. You must then mix these and sprinkle them with smiles. It is clear that the creators of the book wanted to include this as a way to make people smile and remind them of how they should be treating others. This suggests that there was a correlation between the need for comfort and kindness after the war; wartime meant these qualities were hard to come by. The types of "ingredients" included in this recipe are also very telling of the desired traits women were encouraged to possess in the mid-20th century: kindness, selflessness, will power, and common sense. Forms of media, including advertisements and film, often advised women on how they should look and act. Recipes like "Cure of Blues" in the Kindersley Cook Book similarly emphasized the "proper" behaviour women should possess in the 1940s.


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