Cookbook of the Week

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I bought this hand-lettered cookbook last week at a rummage sale. It was compiled by the women’s auxiliary of the Church of the Ascension of Inuvik, Northwest Territories in 1963. Inuvik is a small community 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

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In many ways it’s a typical church cookbook of the time, with recipes for jellied salads, Nanaimo bars, tuna casseroles, and no less than four recipes for sweet and sour spareribs. But there are also recipes you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Recipes:

White or Black Muktuk

After taken Muktuk from whale, leave 2 days hanging up to dry. Cut into pieces 6″ x 6″. Have water ready to boil, then cook until easy to put the fork through. Keep in oil in a 45 gal. or milk drum in the cool place in order to have Muktuk all the year for eating.

Rosie Peeloolook

Frozen Fish Eggs

Take fish eggs out and freeze them. They are good to eat like this.

Emma Arey

Stuffed Muskrats

Clean the rats well and rinse. Put in a roaster and put bread stuffing on top of it. Roast in an oven until the muskrats are soft.

Duck – Open Fire

Clean a whole duck and put a stick through it. Put to roast quite far from the fire, so it will not burn. Roast slowly and keep turning. This is good to eat when tired of roasted rats, when hunting rats in the spring.

Bertha Allen

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Roast Rabbit

Rabbit should be cleaned as soon as gotten. The insides should be cleaned out immediately, then place rabbit before a campfire and roast until done. This is delicious when eaten hot. Do not cook too much because when cooked too much it doesn’t taste as good as when it’s cooked just right. This goes for duck and fish, also muskrat.

Charlotte Vehus

Real Northern Bannock

Sift together 6 cups flour, 6 tsp. baking powder, and a dash of salt. Add 3 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup caribou, reindeer or beef fat melted. Mix until smooth, and then knead with hands. Cook in greased frying pan on stove or bake on fire.

Charlotte Vehus

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Seal Meat (roasted or boiled)

Take piece of meat required for one meal. Soak overnight in salted water. Rinse well and cook to your preference as you would cook baby beef.

Grace Menarik

Frozen White Fish Raw

Cut fish up before it is thawed, place in a bowl that has vinegar and Soya Sauce mixed. Let fish soak to your taste and it is ready to eat.

Louch Liver Pudding

Cook fresh louch liver in frying pan on the stove and as cooking remove grease as collected on surface. This must be done so the pudding will not be too greasy and rich. The liver must be well done. After well cooked and as much grease as possible removed. Add cranberries to the liver and mash with a fork. Add sugar to taste and cook until berries are done. This is delicious hot or chilled.

Blueberries Old-Fashioned Pudding

Mash up roasted or boiled fish, white fish preferred, and remove all bones. Add blueberries to fish and mash some more. This is good to eat as main meal or desert.

Charlotte Vehus

To Make Grease Out Of Caribou Bone

Put a stone on a large piece of canvas. With a small axe pound the bone on the stone into small pieces. Put the pieces of bone into a large pot of water and boil. Boil for about 1 1/2 hours and the grease will come to the top. Take the grease out and put into another container.

Elizabeth Greenland

When roasting a caribou head use a hooked stick. Hang the head near a stove and roast. Turn with a stick to roast on the other side. Put a frying pan under the head for the grease to drip into. After a while, pour some of the grease over the head so that it will not dry. Roast for about 2 1/2 hours.

Elizabeth Greenland

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I love finding cookbooks from Canada’s north (and Newfoundland too) for unique recipes like these.

Thrift Item of the Moment: 45 rpm Record Totes

I’ve decided that the best way to store my small collection of 7″ singles is in vintage record totes, like this pretty pink plastic one that I’ve owned for years:

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The graphics make it clear that it’s a record tote and not something else like a lunchbox. Up to this point I’ve been using it to hold various rechargers (cameras, phones, batteries), but now I’m returning it to its original purpose.

Once I get my 45s sorted (they’re the last part of the record collection to be culled), I’m going to buy paper sleeves for the ones that don’t have any, then they’re going into handy totes. I figure I’m going to need about a dozen. Yesterday I searched through two large antique malls on Gateway Boulevard but all I found was this:

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So check your (parents, grandparents) attics, basements and garage storage spaces to see if you have any you can spare for a poor record collector.

Thrift Item of the Moment Revisited #3

I’m revisiting some of my favorite “Thrift Item of the Moment” posts from my previous blog Bowling Trophy. The original text is reprinted with More! Bigger! photos and Updates!

Drumheller Dinosaurs (originally posted July 12, 2012)

Some thrift store items are a mystery, others tell you their entire life story.

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This cute little guy was made with lots of love and green paint by Eugenia Lippolt, a lady wrestler from Drumheller, Alberta (“Dinosaur Capital of the World”), who supplemented her income by making ceramic novelties to sell to tourists. One summer, she sold an entire lot to the Waldorf Hotel who put them on their guests’ pillows instead of chocolate mints until the guests started to complain of broken teeth.

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Uncle Ray, in town for the wedding of a second cousin, took his dinosaur home and gave it to his sister’s kid for her sixth birthday. Little Julie, hopped up on chiffon cake and pink lemonade, was furious that Uncle Ray would give her a present he so obviously got for free. She threw it against a cinder block wall causing the head and a few smaller pieces to break off.

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Ashamed by her outburst, Julie glued the pieces back on with Elmer’s Glue-All. Little Julie grew up to be a world famous paleontologist. Coincidence? Probably.

Long story short: A bunch of years passed, I bought the dinosaur at the Salvation Army collectibles store for 99¢ and took it home to meet its new shelfmates:

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Not marked, but it doesn’t take a handwriting expert to recognize Eugenia’s printing.

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Not by Eugenia. You can tell by the raised lettering on the beautifully mottled base…

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and by the label on the back. Elizabeth was Eugenia’s main competitor in the cutthroat multihundred dollar ceramic souvenir industry in Drumheller. They loathed each other and often lobbed overripe crab apples into each others’ yards (they were neighbours). Eventually, cheaper and more durable plastic dinosaurs from Japan put them both out of business.

Some parts of this story may not be true. I couldn’t find any info at all about Eugenia Lippolt on the internet. Odd, considering how unique that name is and how many of these figures must be out there (I’ve been coming across them long before I started my collection).

Eugenia Lippolt. Eugenia Lippolt. EUGENIA LIPPOLT. Now anyone googling Eugenia will find this page first. Maybe that’s how you got here. What do you know about Eugenia?

Elizabeth Simpson is also an enigma. A pity. These pieces have so much more character and charm than their modern equivalents. These two ladies should be documented and celebrated.

Update:

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In the past year-and-a-half I’ve added these two handsome airbrush-painted Drumheller dinos to the collection. I love the bright red gash of a mouth on the one on the left.

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Rawrrrr

Neither is marked with a maker’s name. My guess is that they’re not by Eugenia or Elizabeth because they’re such a different style.

Thrift Item of the Moment Revisited #2

I’m revisiting some of my favorite “Thrift Item of the Moment” posts from my previous blog Bowling Trophy. The original text is reprinted with More! Bigger! photos and Updates!

“How to Draw” Books (originally posted April 1, 2007)

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No. 11 – “How To Draw Horses”

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No. 11 – “How to Draw Horses” front and back cover spread

I’m not a visual artist, but I’m really drawn (sorry) to the Walter Foster “How to Draw” books. They’re large and beautiful and the pages are crammed with luscious color illustrations, black and white sketches and a bare minimum of helpful instructional text.

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Reading these books I can almost believe that with a few lines and circles and a little bit of shading I too can draw a horse/leaping buck/tastefully disrobed woman.

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No. 78 – “How to Draw and Paint Hoofed Animals”

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No. 96 – “The Nude”

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No. 96 – “The Nude” back cover

I’m not sure when they were published because they’re not dated, but my guess would be late 50s or early 60s. The earlier ones (I presume) have a cover price of $1.00 (“Not more than $1.25 in any foreign country”) and later ones are priced $2.00. I bought How to Draw Horses last week for 69¢.

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No. 26 – “Animation”

My sentimental favourite is Animation by Preston Blair. I loved it as a lad and was delighted to find it again recently.

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No. 26 – “Animation” back cover

My career as a cartoonist never happened but I wonder how many animators were spawned by this book.

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Update:

This post has probably brought more visitors to Bowling Trophy than anything else I’ve posted – variations of “how to draw horses” are a perennial search term leader.

Here are a couple more “How To Draw” books I’ve added to the collection in the intervening years:

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No. 1 – “Drawing Simplified”

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No. 9 – “How to Draw and Paint Seascapes”

Next time: Drumheller dinos.