She was such a great cook!
She belonged to the Willing Workers Circle at Ryerson United Church, in the Kerrisdale area of Vancouver. In order to raise money, they made a cook book, selling advertising in it to help with expenses, and then sold the book. I still have a copy, published in 1927.
Back in those days, the cook book just listed the ingredients needed for the recipe… no instructions on how to go about making anything. The detailed instructions were not needed as most people had a basic training in cooking from their mother.
Mom was always an early riser. By the time I would get up for school, she would already have baked pies, cakes., or cookies. Or a Flapper Pie! She won a contest with one of those! Or Boston Baked Beans with steamed brown bread!
When the stock market crashed and we moved to Beaver Vallley in the Cariboo, she had her hands full trying to make meals with limited supplies. There was no running to the store to get last minute items for dinner. She had to bake all the bread, and made every thing from scratch.
It was a great training for me, even though I wasn’t old enough to do much in the kitchen… but I saw how she coped, and it gave me a good background for handling hard times.