One hot summer day when I was 6 my mother spoke some wise words while we stood on the edge of the dock at Selby Lake in Quebec. Bernice Ethelyne Knight warned me over and over not to stare at the water as she prophesied that I would fall in. While everyone was enjoying their picnic lunch I immediately returned to the edge of that dock to test her theory.
Like a flying duck making a fell swoop into the water I fell in head first.
They could smell my fear and taunted me as I approached the dock. I could feel my stomach inching up into my throat and it felt like the church picnic at Haven Isles in the 60’s all over again. Walking across the small plank that was hooked to the dock reminded me of the swinging bridge across the river at that annual picnic. If this thing swayed like that bridge Linda was going to be glued to the dock in fear forever.
Whenever we had a picnic near a lake as a child, we were told to never EVER go swimming for at least an hour or you were going to have cramps and die. Each time I heard that particular ridiculous information, all I wanted to do was defy the whole big pile of bunk.
Who started all these myths, and why?
In 1915, American cookbook author Linda Hull Larned published a quaint little cookbook called One Hundred Picnic Suggestions. It’s a fun peek into the types of picnic recipes that people of the late Edwardian era were eating. Some of the recipes sound strange or downright unappetizing to the modern cook– Cottage Cheese and Peanut Sandwiches, Eggs in Aspic Jelly, and Ham Mousse to name a few.
2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dredging blueberries
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups blueberries
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
Mixing bowls, sifter, electric mixer, 10 inch loaf pan or round cake pan
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Who are these Mothers of Carleton Place in the mid 1970’s at Riverside Park?
Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place