March 13th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015



Its hard to believe that the past week as flown by in a crazy manner but its fish Friday again..


But we are going to take a Canadian slant today..  Lobster.. yup, Lobster, the fisherman were in huge hurting because with the war there went the ability to have the market, it was highly encouraged to be buy lobster in Canada to support our own homegrown fisherman and their livelihood.

Early in the war, Canadians were asked to contribute voluntarily to Canada’s food export commitments by avoiding foods that were needed in Britain and by consuming more Canadian foods whose European export markets had disappeared and were, therefore, threatening farmers and fishermen with massive unused surpluses. Apples and lobster were two of the earliest foods to be rebranded as “patriotic” after the export markets for both products collapsed. In December 1939, for instance, the Department of Agriculture began running glossy advertisements with the message: “Serve apples daily and you serve your country too.” Magazines such as Canadian Home Journal repeated such messages by publishing articles with titles like “It’s Patriotic and Pleasant to Eat Canadian Lobster” and which included recipes for patriotic dishes like Lobster Cocktail, Lobster à la King, and Lobster Sandwiches.


Sorry folks,  I do not have any lobster in the house to make a dish with, and I have not gotten to the stores this week to make it happen..  still I do find it a touch funny that a food that we now consider to be a royal treat was at one time pushed for the average folks to enjoy and support..


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5 Responses to March 13th- The Canadian Wartime Recipe Challenge 2015

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    French onion soup.
    French toast.
    Chicken wings.
    Garlic bread.
    They’re all on restaurant menus these days; but are all recipes which use up “stale” bread or foods which were – at one time – considered to be “lesser” foods, for those couldn’t afford “better”…
    Pretty sure that lobster was also in that category, at one point?
    Funny how times change, hey?

  2. ForestFun says:

    While on a boat tour near Acadia NP here in Maine, the guide told the story of a prison riot in the mid-19th century that started because the prisoners were sick of eating so much lobster. 🙂

  3. dianne feray says:

    as an elderly person and a wartime baby, i am loving your blog, my last meal will hopefully be cow tongue. we ate lots because those were the parts that were given to us free.

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