Reblogged from moonshot5
See an ad for the Leland Hotel in my previous post from the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the RIH Cookbook (1952).
Reblogged from moonshot5
See an ad for the Leland Hotel in my previous post from the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the RIH Cookbook (1952).
Hallo all! For your recipe files, I present 10 glorious pages of cookie recipes, scanned directly from the 1952 edition of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Royal Inland Hospital Cook Book.
I’ll be bringing this and couple other cookbooks I’ve showcased here on the Bumbling Blog to the Kamloops Museum and Archives soon. I’d already donated a couple Kamloops-y cookbooks - if you inquire in the archives room, they may be able to dig them out for your viewing pleasure!
(Note: My little scanner’s getting “long in the tooth”. I do hope these aren’t too fuzzy to decipher!)
Lumière Lantern Parade
There will be an all-ages Lumiere Lantern Parade presented by the Kamloops Art Council in downtown Kamloops on November 28th at 6:15pm. All are welcome to bring a lantern and meet at the starting point to this parade which will be in Lansdowne Village, 210-450 Lansdowne Street . Continue with your fellow lightlovers down to historic Stuart Wood Elementary for prize judging and then on to the holiday tree-lighting at St Andrew’s on the Square.
To get ready for this event, free lantern-making workshops will be offered at 210-450 Lansdowne Street on November 21st and 28th from 3pm - 6pm. Workshops to be led by local artists Una Connor and Shelly McKerchar. No pre-registration required and all materials will be supplied.
If you are unable to make the workshops, don’t despair! Here are some links to fan the (electric) flame of creativity:
Glowing Photo Spheres http://content.photojojo.com/diy/make-glowing-photo-spheres/
Paper Models of Polyhedra (templates) http://www.korthalsaltes.com/
DIY Fish Bowl Tissue Paper Lanterns http://td365.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/diy-fish-bowl-tissue-paper-lanterns/
Paper Lanterns from a Paper Cup http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/01/31/how-to-make-chinese-paper-lanterns-from-a-paper-cup/
The above image is by Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930) titled “Breton Girls with Paper Lanterns” http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puigaudeau,_Ferdinand_du_-_Breton_Girls_with_Chinese_Lanterns.jpeg
Something very special is within our reach, Kamloops. It resides at 229 Victoria Street in Caffe Motivo. It’s that pastry case (top photo) filled with culinary wonders that would surely delight even Louis “The Sun King” XIV himself! The friendly and informative gentleman barista informed me the pastries here are prepared in-house by a red seal chef.
There were many items to choose from, but I wanted to try the small macarons. They are $1.50 each plus tax so I bought two, choosing cassis and blood orange flavour. Outstanding! I scurried out on to the street and gobbled them up on the sidewalk. The bottom photo shows the beautiful lavender-tinted cassis macaron surrounded by the delicate shards of blood orange meringue recently devoured.
If you’re looking to butter up a loved one, splurge on a box of assorted macarons for $18. Also available that day were giant macarons in passion fruit and also chocolate flavour for $4.75.
In closing, we live in an age more of culinary disappointments than wonder, especially in regards to dessert menus featuring the same old frozen-shipped culprits. The days seem much brighter to me after seeing the finely crafted small-batch goods available in the pastry case at Caffe Motivo.
Caffe Motivo is open from Monday - Saturday 6am - 7pm, Sunday from 8am - 5pm, closed Holidays. They also have a satellite coffee kiosk at the Royal Inland Hospital 2nd floor. Follow Caffe Motivo at https://twitter.com/CaffeMotivo for updates and events. Also for more information, visit their website: http://www.caffemotivo.com/
Tonight! Hop on the whale bus (disclaimer: Kamloops does not have a whale bus…yet…) and float on down to the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre for a musical presentation spanning centuries by the Okanagan Brass Quintet, Fish-on-Five. The performance begins at 7pm on Thursday November 7th. Admission to be payed at the door. $15 for Adults and $10 for Students. FMI contact Robin Suddaby at (250) 374-6378.
The Old Courthouse Cultural Centre is located at 7 Seymour Street West. The setting and acoustics at the Old Courthouse are quite unique! Highly recommend.
The above illustration is from 1899 by Jean-Marc Cote and imagines transportation in France in the 21st century. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:France_in_XXI_Century._Whale_bus.jpg
2013 Craft Fair Season
Hallowe’en was a rollicking good time, wasn’t it? One will notice things a little more wint’rishly festive today. November 1st also marks the beginning of Craft Fair season! In Kamloops church basements, stadiums and all manner of venues will host craft fairs. Hand-made treasures will abound at these markets. Below is a handy list (to be frequently updated):
Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3: O.L.P.H. Parish Centre Craft and Business Fair, 11am - 2pm. 235 Poplar Street Saturday November 2 to Sunday November 3: Things Japanese Sale, 12pm - 2pm. Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 160 Vernon Avenue. (There will be tea, sandwiches, sushi and chicken teriyaki!) Saturday November 2: North Shore Community Centre Craft Fair, Bake Sale & Tea 10am - 3pm. 452-730 Cottonwood Avenue. Saturday November 2: Chase Annual Craft Sale, 10am - 3pm. Chase Community Hall, Shuswap Road, Chase (not in Kamloops, but worth the trip!). Sunday November 3: RIH Evening Auxiliary Craft-A-Fair, 10am - 4pm, admission $2. Interior Savings Centre, 300 Lorne Street. Saturday November 9: Thompson Valley Potter`s Guild Fall Sale and Empty Bowl, 10am - 4pm. Desert Gardens 540 Seymour Street. Saturday November 9: Kamloops United Church Fall Fair, 10am - 3pm. 421 St Paul Street. Saturday November 9: WCDS Annual Huge Craft Fair, 10am - 3pm. Westsyde Fellowship Church, 2833 Westsyde Road. Saturday November 16: Beattie School for the Arts Holiday Craft and Home Based Business Fair, 10am - 3pm. Admission by donation. 492 McGill Road. Saturday November 16: The Shores Holiday Craft Fair, 10am - 2pm. 870 Westminster Avenue. Saturday November 16: The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Bake Sale, 10am - 12pm. 109 Tranquille Road. Saturday November 16: Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar and Bake Sale, 8am - 11am. 755 Tranquille Road. Saturday November 16: Lord of Life Lutheran Church Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, 9am - 2:30pm. 2481 Sunset Drive. Saturday November 16: Mt Paul United Church Women Annual Fall Tea and Sale, 2pm - 3:30pm. 140 Labernum Ave. Saturday November 23: Skelep School of Excellence Christmas Craft Fair, 9am - 3pm. 315 Yellowhead Hwy. Saturday November 23: St Ann’s Annual Bazaar, 12pm - 3pm. 205 Columbia St. Saturday November 23: Pine Grove Care Centre Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction, 2pm - 4pm. 313 McGowan Ave. Saturday November 23: Craft Fair, 10am - 2pm. Pacific Way Elementary School, 2330 Pacific Way. Saturday November 23: Brock Activity Centre Craft and Bake Sale, 10am - 3pm. Brock Shopping Centre, 1800 Tranquille Road. Saturday November 23: The Third Annual RiverBend Bazaar, 1:30pm - 3:30pm. 760 Mayfair Street. Sunday November 24: Indoor Flea Market, 8am - 2pm. Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Gymnasium (near Powwow Grounds.) Access from Shuswap Rd. Sunday November 24: Kamloops SPCA Annual Fall Craft Fair, 9:30am - 3pm. Admission $2. Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. Sunday November 24: The Rainbow`s Roost Christmas Craft Fair, 11am - 4pm. 6675 Westsyde Road. Friday November 29: Afternoon Auxiliary to the Royal Inland Hospital Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, 10am - 2pm. 2nd Floor, 311 Columbia Street. Saturday November 30: White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society Second Annual Creative Christmas Market, 10am - 4pm. Heffley Creek Hall (15 minutes from downtown Kamloops). Saturday November 30: Christmas Bazaar Craft Sale. Ridgepointe Retirement Residence, 1789 Primrose Court Saturday November 30 - Sunday December 1: Kamloops Courthouse Gallery Christmas at the Courthouse, 10am - 4pm. The Old Courthouse Arts and Cultural Building, 7 West Seymour Street. Saturday November 30: Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club Artisan Sale and Christmas Tea, 10am - 3pm. Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street. Wednesday December 4: Kamloops Curling Club Craft Sale, 5pm - 9pm. 700 Victoria Street. Friday December 6: Overlander Residential Care Christmas Craft and Bake Bazaar, 10am - 2pm. 953 Southill Street.
Saturday December 7: Muse-A-Fair, 10am - 4pm. St Andrews-On-The-Square, 159 Seymour Street.
Saturday December 7: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Country Christmas and Bazaar, 11am - 2pm. 635 Tranquille Road.
Saturday December 14: St. Paul’s Annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale, 1:30pm - 3:30pm. 360 Nicola Street.
Saturday December 14: Countdown to Christmas Craft Sale, 9am - 3pm. St Andrews-On-The-Square, 159 Seymour Street.
Saturday November 16 - Saturday December 21: Arnica Winter Celebration Show and Sale. The Old Courthouse Arts and Cultural Building, 7 West Seymour Street.
Happy Hallowe’en, all you ghoulies and goblins! Disclaimer: The above posters are not current - they are from October 1979 editions of the Kamloops Daily Sentinel.
I was curious to see what the haps around Kamloops were back in the day on Hallowe’en. The perfect (and free!) place to check out my query is the TNRD Library, located at 465 Victoria Street. On the second floor there are microfiche machines with Kamloops newspaper records dating back to the 1940s. Check with one of the friendly staff at the 2nd floor desk for assistance setting up/shutting down the microfiche equipment.
Print out your findings for 20 cents/per page. I did just that with the above ads for Hallowe’en fun at the Bavarian Inn Rib House and at the David Thompson Motor Inn.
In 2013, the Bavarian Inn no longer exists and there also is no building at 265 Lorne Street. The David Thompson Motor Inn is now The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre (current name) at 650 Victoria Street, but it does not contain any of the three rooms mentioned - Mickey’s, The Explorer Room, nor The D.T. Pub.
Does anyone reading remember these venues? Or for that matter, does anyone remember RaggBand or Chico & Clan 77? They sound like funky bands and I wish I’d been there to party hardy in 1979 Kamloops!
Royal Canadian Legion Presents:
Halloween Dinner & Dance
Entertainment: Sweet Water
Dinner: Spook-getti & Meatballs
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
$15.00 per Person
Folks, this (licensed) Hallowe’en party intrigues me. I would so go to this but alack, I will be working late into the dark, dark night. Please, go! Enjoy yourselves in my stead, please.
The uppermost cover is from a Golden Age Comic titled “Adventures into Darkness #13” (March, 1954). Pencils by Mike Sekowsky. Inks by Mike Peppe. Thanks to comics.org for providing citation: http://www.comics.org/issue/229938/
The lower photo is from the front door of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #52, located at 425 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops.
On Tuesday night I went to see “Insidious Chapter 2” at the Landmark Cinemas Paramount in downtown Kamloops, 503 Victoria Street. I must say this was a rollicking ride well worth the $3 Buck Tuesday price. I entered through the box office and paid with coin; it was indeed $3 and no more than that! (Price subject to change, also Wednesday - Monday evening price is $7.95). A ticket was cheerfully issued to me. I barely resisted the lobby refreshment counter.
Once inside the theatre I sat near the front. It’s always best to have no one in front of you if that can be helped. Personally, I have more trouble suspending my disbelief during the film if an omnipresent noggin is obstructing my view of the screen.
The acoustics presented were excellent and recently updated, I think. When the moving images started after the usual slideshow pre-film nonsense, there were no commercials immediately before the trailers, posing AS the trailers (I hate that.)
Trailers before the showing of Insidious included “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Carrie” and “The Family” - “The Family” is also showing this week at the Landmark Cinemas Paramount Kamloops.
Without spoiling too much, we pick up right after (for the most part) the first “Insidious” film ended. Patrick Wilson is there looking nothing like I remember him looking like in Barry Munday. Wow. The rest of the cast are there also, including Specs and Tucker. If you’ve not seen the first Insidious, don’t despair. I half-watched the first one on TV. Meh.
I’ll just put it out there. The second chapter to “Insidious”…the one released in 2013? Stand alone film. The two films together will become Hallowe’en party staples, mark my words!
Here are some things that I noted about this flick:
1. Loads of horror film tropes are expertly re-imagined.
2. Someone in the audience described character Carl’s boggle cubes (used to communicate with ghosts) as “Black Magic Scrabble”.
3. Two words: Abandoned hospital.
4. Two more words: Secret Passageways.
5. The final scare was understated. The title and end cards were not.
So there you have it.
While taking notes my trusty book’s pages got quite warped with hand-sweat. One person behind me used the same exclamation eight times (ie, beseeching his Saviour, in so many words)! Audience reaction was favourable. I enjoyed myself immensely.
Wednesday October 16th at 9:30pm, Thursday the 17th of October at 7:10pm and 9:30pm are your last chances to view Insidious Chapter 2 on the big screen in Kamloops. Prices Wednesday through Monday evening (Sat/Sun Matinees are $5) are still comparably reasonable at $7.95.
The above detail is from the title page to “The Decline of Prosperity: Its Insidious Cause and Obvious Remedy (1879) by Ernest Seyd via the Internet Archive.
Folks, this evening I took a walk around Kamloops. There were cars parked outside aromatic houses with license plates as far away as Oregon state.
For those who are not dining at one of these home-based feasts this holiday weekend but still craving roast turkey on Monday, I have a tasty and affordable solution:
The Royal Inland Hospital cafeteria will have a Thanksgiving Day Lunch, open to the public. $10 includes turkey & stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, roll, pumpkin pie with whipping cream and coffee or tea, no substitutions. Individual items are also available for purchase à la carte.
Thanksgiving lunch will be served in the cafeteria (1st Floor) Monday October 14th from 11am - 1pm. The Royal Inland Hospital is located at 311 Columbia Street.
Kamloops Buddhist Temple Fall Bazaar
361 Poplar Street Kamloops
Saturday October 12, 2pm - 4pm
According to a Kamloops Daily News classified ad, the bazaar will be featuring “chow mein, sushi, manju, karinto and more”. Now, chow mein and sushi I’ve heard of, but what about the others? I made a quick check to Wikipedia and here’s what I found:
Manju is a steamed confection made from flour, rice powder, buckwheat and a filling of sweet adzuki bean paste. These treats have been satisfying sweet tooths in Japan for 700 years! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manj%C5%AB
Karinto is a crispy deep-fried sweet snack made from flour, yeast and brown sugar. Sounds extremely addictive! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karinto
Hop on the #2 Parkcrest bus from the downtown terminal and hop off at MacKenzie and Thrupp Street. Walk a few paces on MacKenzie and turn right at Poplar Street to find the Buddhist Temple. Keep your eyes peeled and watch for this building (Google Street View):
The leafy image at top is from a Japanese magazine c.1901/1902 titled “Shin-bijutsukai -
Blackwell Dairy Update
In addition to my previous buttermilk biscuit post, here is a list of Kamloops businesses that sell Blackwell Dairy products, kindly supplied by Karen of the Blackwell Dairy.
Amble past the Kamloops Museum and Archives at 207 Seymour Street ‘cause there’s a new window display featuring tasty products from days of yore. I’ve got my eye on that can of Borden’s Chocolate Flavor Malted Milk. If I had a can of (not expired by decades) malt powder, I’d mix it with vanilla ice cream.
Here’s another great reason to visit: Keep your calendar open on October 17th, there will be a reception (possible snack alert!) and lecture by Ken Favrholdt about the museum’s new temporary exhibit titled “The War of 1812 in the West, The Oregon Country Legacy" (admission by donation).
Regular hours for the museum are from Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm with extended hours on Thursday until 7pm. Suggested donation for adults is $3 and $1 for young’uns.
Happy first day of Autumn, everyone! Time to fire up those kitchen ovens.
Did you know that a locally-produced yogurt product is available in Kamloops? Blackwell Dairy Buttermilk is a cultured dairy product that while refreshing to drink (it is kind of an acquired taste as it is a little salty), this creamy delight is also the tops for baking biscuits. Recently I whipped up a batch of buttermilk biscuits - easy to make if you’ve the basic ingredients on hand.
I took approx 2 cups of flour mixed with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and threw it, bowl and all, into the freezer for about 20 minutes (let’s bring these ingredients down in temp to a frosty level for optimum results!). Then I cut in about 3 tablespoons refrigerated lard (really I only eyeballed a slice of the lard block about 1 cm thick), approx 1 tablespoon chilled butter and grated cheese - a couple ounces worth will suffice - perfect for using the desicated end piece of a block of cheese. Then I added enough buttermilk to make a moist dough but was careful not to overwork it. You can fold the dough over about 5 times after all ingredients are moistened - this creates flakiness. I used about 2/3 the of the 500mL buttermilk. Then I plopped the dough-wad into a cast iron pan and cut into wedges. The dough was pretty sticky so I had to fashion the wedges into balls and arrange as far apart and as evenly from each other as I could manage. After baking for about 15 minutes in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven, they came out raised, fluffy and crispy golden-brown on the bottoms. I usually cheat with my biscuits and make my own sour milk with about a tablespoon of vinegar mixed into my milk. The real deal buttermilk from Blackwell elevated my baking into the stratosphere! (Not bragging or anything - seriously these biscuits were the best I’ve ever made!).
A word about the cheese - Blackwell Dairy also sells their own pasteurized cheddar cheese. Even the mild variety is nippy as heck and while it might be too strong for some to eat out of hand, it is the most superior cheese available in Kamloops for baking/cooking. Trust me on this one, folks. It’s also cheap like borscht with a good-sized block retailing for under $6.
Alternately, you can modify your biscuits into Raisin Scones by omitting the cheese, decreasing the salt to 1/2 teaspoon, increasing the sugar to 3 teaspoons and whisking an egg into the buttermilk. Oh, and raisins. Of course you’ll need to add raisins (the cheapest, gnarliest raisins will suffice and be magically transformed into plump lil’ morsels). Sprinkle your dough-wads with more sugar prior to baking.
Now, I’ve got to admit something…I really just eyeball the ingredients added in my “recipes” and sometimes it backfires on me. Take an expert’s opinion (not mine!) and utilize a scientific ratio for making buttermilk biscuits with a book titled “Ratio: Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everday Cooking” by Michael Ruhlman. This cheater’s bible is available through the Kamloops library (via the Clearwater library). Here’s an online recipe of Ruhlman’s for a flaky biscuit ratio: http://ruhlman.com/2013/02/biscuit-recipe-and-ratio/
Please comment below with your ideas for using buttermilk! Please let me steal your ideas, heheheh.
The North Shore Community Centre Society is holding an Artisan Sale on Sunday October 20th from 10am - 3pm. If you are “a person skilled in applied art who produces a high quality and distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or traditional methods” (NSCCS definition), then this Artisan Sale might be the perfect venue to distribute your handmade/traditionally crafted wares to the public.
Vendor’s tables are $40. Contact Jo-Ann for more information and application forms at 250-376-4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission for savvy shoppers on October 20th is by donation.
The North Shore Community Centre is located at 730 Cottonwood Ave, Kamloops BC. Utilize public transit and catch the #2 Parkcrest Bus from the downtown terminal. http://www.transitbc.com/regions/kam/schedules/map.cfm?line=2&
For relic hunters/sellers there will also be an Antique and Collectible Sale at the Centre from October 5 - 6. Vendor tables for this event are also $40 and admission for the public is $4.
The above illustration is from a book titled “Artist and Artisan”, released by the Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company in 1891. http://archive.org/details/artistartisan00yale