Recipes – Feb. 5, 2021

Courtesy of Murray August, The Lumby Watkins Man

Hello, today I’m starting a recipe column!  These recipes are taken from the archives and more recent offerings by Watkins.  To begin, I’d like to share a few recipes from a cookbook published during the Great Depression of 1929-1939.  Understandably, ingredients were basic, here are three from 1935.

Hamburger Loaf

  • 1.5 lbs, chopped meat (3/4 of beef and ¼ of pork) 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Seasoning or juice
  • 1 good pinch of Black Pepper
  • ¾ of a finely minced green pepper
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs or cooked rice or macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter in ½ cup tomato soup

Mix well together and make a long loaf in a pan of suitable shape.  Place small, thin slices of bacon on top; add a little pepper and onion seasoning.  Bake in a moderate oven for about an hour or long enough for it to be well roasted.

Potato Nests With Onions

  • 1 pint small white onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 6 potatoes
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup hot milk

Peel the onions and cook in salted water for an hour.  Boil and mash potatoes, add salt and pepper, butter and hot milk and beat.  Mold into nest-shape with a spoon.  Fill with onions and sprinkle with parsley.

Bread Pudding

  • 1 quart bread crumbs
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt\
  • 1 cup chopped lemon

Heat the milk and pour it on the bread crumbs. Cream the butter and the sugar and add the eggs, salt and vanilla. When the milk is cold, combine the two mixtures and add the chopped lemon.  Pour into a buttered mold and bake for 40 minutes.  Serve with any sauce.  Sufficient for 6 persons.

Want to see your favourite recipe here?  Watkins or not, I’d be pleased to feature it.  You can share it with me at or Box 555, Lumby V0E 2G0  Maximum length 300 words.

Next Week:
Maple Bacon Baked Doughnuts

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