Wondering what on earth you can cook for supper tonight? Tired of the same old same old when it comes to your dining options? Looking for a good summer salad recipe? Well, today is your lucky day because this just happens to be the inaugural post of the Archives recipe of the month series.

Despite the fact that researchers are not allowed to eat in the Archives, we happen to have a fine collection of recipe books produced as fundraisers by women’s groups from various churches. Below is a selection of salad recipes found in the ‘Tried and Proved Recipes” book which was put out by the Exmouth Street (Saint John) Methodist Ladies’ Group in 1909 (i.e. before stainless steel fridges and microwaves). So go ahead, don’t be shy, show that chicken mousse who’s boss!

Happy cooking!

P.S. Wondering what a timble iron is? If you are dead set on making that timble batter tonight for your creamed lobster or sweet breads, here’s a link to a photo.

Salad recipes



Did you finish making your salad in record time? Perhaps you are thinking you’ll have enough time to start a load of laundry before everyone rushes to the table. Those ladies at Exmouth Street have you covered, here’s a recipe for “washing fluid:”

Recipe for washing fluid

Oops, I almost forgot the obligatory cooking proverb:

Cooking proverb