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Food, Drink and the Pleasures of Eating in Old-Time Nova Scotia

Old-Fashioned 1,2,3,4 Cake, Cocoanut Cake, Easy Cake, Angel Cake, Orange Ice, Orange Jelly, Peach Cocktail, Iced Beverages, Fresh Strawberries in Cream, French Dressing, Pepper Butter, Cocoanut Cookies

Annie, Minnie and May Rosina Prat were three talented sisters from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Annie L. Prat (1860-1960) studied at the Art Institute, Chicago, and later taught art. Her watercolours are shown in 'The Prat Sisters: Free Spirits of the 1890s'.

Annie L. Prat's Commonplace Books include newspaper clippings and hand-written household hints and recipes. These books are excellent examples of various sources from which recipes are collected – from friends, newspapers, newsmagazines and cookbooks because there are hand-written recipes and newspaper clippings for Swan's Down One-egg Cake (from Montreal Standard, 1942), Chocolate Peppermint Cake; Grapefruit and Lemon Marmalade (Montreal Star), 1923; Dump Cake; Molasses Ginger Cookies (Five Roses Cook Book); Cocoanut Cake (clipping from a Halifax newspaper); Four ( 1,2,3,4) Cake (from Kathleen Brock); and Mable Gilson's Chocolate Cake, 1922.

Reference: Prat, Starr family Nova Scotia Archives  MG 1 vol. 2627 no. 17

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