"It's Happening!" That's right we're going VIRTUAL this year!

Displays and Demonstrations:

Cookbooks (click here... available to view only during Herbfest)

Please enjoy this fine collection of vintage cook books that span eras from wood stove cooking to
hors d'oeuvres at cocktail parties.

These volumes present a variety of styles and themes from local and national sources.

They contain much more than a series of recipes. Long forgotten nuances of kitchen servitude
are documented here. Societal attitudes and roles are reinforced as text book truths.

• Cherished church lady recipes are lovingly shared in small tattered local printings.

• A successful Canadian corporation ventures into the realms of geographic cuisine.

• A hand written volume contains a recipe for stove polish with powdered lead as a main
ingredient. This is sandwiched between the cucumber cream and rhubarb marmalade

• Learn the fine sensitivities of leaving a calling card so the hostess may have the pleasure of recalling all the friends who favour her with their presence.

• Discover tasty recipes for a nutritious tripe dish.

Some of the cook books were a less than subtle means of advertising. The virtues and awards of
using the endorsed product adorn many pages. The pitfalls of failing to use the recommended
product carried stern warnings of kitchen catastrophe or being a failure in life.

It's amusing to observe a recipe's popularity is equal to the accumulated wear and grime on it's
pages. In stark contrast, the calf brain cutlet recipe page is pristine.

As these cook books are scanned images, additional hand written notes, annotations and additional recipes can be found. Some recipes are rated as 'good' or 'bad'. Don't try the crazy cake.

These digital cook books versions have 'ocr' or optical character recognition. Searching for your
favourite dish has never been easier.

The .pdf format is universal and archival.

This material is considered as 'out of print' and 'at-risk' content.

These volumes are being provided as part of a digital conservancy project for future reference.

If there are any copyright issues, please inform the digital content creator.

Enjoy this glimpse into the past. -Jim Austin


2019 photos from slideshow (click here)

2016 photos to the present (click here)

Creating a Fresh Glazed Raspberry Pie (unbaked with single crust)

Creating a fresh raspberry pie is a beautiful thing. This is a single crust pie with fresh raspberries in a delicious glaze. Anita, Rowan and Malcolm go through the steps from picking the berries to a ready to serve work of art.

Thank you to Anita, Rowan, Malcolm, McGregor's Produce and the White Lake Women's Institute for their contribution to this project.

This video has been created to fulfill 3 roles:

The Rose Program of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario reaches out to increase skill sets and awareness of their members and people in their communities. We are pleased to be part of this.

The 2020 MidSummer HerbFest of McNab/Braeside Township is virtual this year as a response to changing global conditions. The White Lake Women's Institute has served many slices of pie at many HerbFests and we are pleased to continue this tradition.

• This video is created as a contemporary archive. In the phrase 'now and then', the producer places an equal emphasis on the 'now'. By freezing bits of time in our current lives for long term access, we will be able to look back at ourselves as we were.


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