Recipes Past & Present – Kids’ Stuff – March 5, 2021

Courtesy of Murray August, The Lumby Watkins Man

Watkins has been around a while; the product line began in 1868 with the original J. R. Watkins Liniment made with camphor from pine trees and capsicum from red peppers – it’s still sold for the relief of minor muscle aches, soreness, and stiffness.  Over the years, the company produced many cookbooks.  Today we feature recipes from a cookbook for kids first published in 1977.  

Coffeecan Casserole

You will need:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 lb. clean coffeecan
  • 4 small potatoes
  • Sharp knife, small
  • 4 small carrots
  • Vegetable peeler
  • 2 small onions
  • Grater
  • Salt
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pepper


  1. Have your adult assistant help you light the fire.
  2. Peel the potatoes and carrots with the vegetable peeler.
  3. Grate the potatoes or cut into very thin slices.
  4. Grate the carrots or cut into very thin slices.
  5. Remove the skins from the onions and cut into thin slices.
  6. Starting with the ground beef, make four layers:  ground beef, onions, potatoes, carrots.  Sprinkle each layer very lightly with salt and pepper. *
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and set in or on the campfire.  Depending on the heat of the fire, cook 30 to 60 minutes.

* Though the recipe doesn’t specify, I assume you put the layers into the coffeecan!

Apple Ring Dessert

You will need:

  • 1 or 2 apples
  • Paper towel or clean cloth
  • ¼ cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • Measuring cup
  • Small bowl
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • Small mixing spoon
  • Sharp small knife
  • Table knife


  1. Wash the apples with clear water and dry with a clean towel.
  2. Mix the peanut butter and chocolate sauce together until well blended.
  3. Using the knife, cut the core out of the apples.  Perhaps your adult assistant can help you.
  4. Slice the apples into rings making the slices as thick or as think as you want them.
  5. Spread each apple slice with the peanut butter and chocolate mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or grated coconut if you want to.

HINT:  Mix 1 cup peanut butter and1 cup chocolate sauce and keep it in a covered jar so you have it on hand.  Great on graham crackers too!

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 printed 300 words.

Next week: What the heck is harissa?

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