Nova Scotia Archives

What's Cooking?

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


Collected Recipes

The recipes presented in this section have all been selected from original material held at the Nova Scotia Archives, mostly within several collections of family papers rich in household content. There are over 600 digitized pages here, since many, if not most of them contain several recipes each, we estimate that the collection easily totals over 1000 separate items from the 1780s and continuing to the 1920s.

Cooking seems to have been largely intuitive in times past. Women (men too — look for James Roue's recipes for cider, ale and soft drinks) understood the basics of time, temperature, method, and cooking over the fire or on an early wood or coal stove. Written recipes offered standardized and reliable combinations, perhaps suggested new ingredients or improvements to routine dishes, and certainly brought welcomed variety and flair to daily menus in ordinary households. (For an out-of-the-ordinary kitchen, be sure to explore the lengthy 'memorandum' for managing the Wentworth household in Halifax, 1786.)


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Almon Scrapbook scan 201313676
Almond Pudding, Roast Pig, Mangoes, Plum Cake, Cake, Pickled Beef, Mutton, to brew Alcohol, Nuns Cake 
Reference no.: Almon Scrapbook Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 14 page 122 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
Almon Scrapbook scan 201313677
Cymballs, Hasty Pudding, Mutton, Plum Cake, Rice Pudding, Blackberry Jelly, Indian Pudding, Drop Cake, Boil Potatoes 
Reference no.: Almon Scrapbook Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 vol. 14 page 120 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
Commissioner of Public Records scan 201313590
Calf's Feet Jelly, Carrot Pudding 
Date: ca. 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Pancakes, Wonders, Sauce for Boiled Cod, Catchup 
Date: ca. 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
Commissioner of Public Records scan 201313592
Catchup, Carrot Pudding, Pork like Westphalia Ham, Butter Drops 
Date: ca. 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Orange Pudding, Irish Potato Pudding 
Date: ca. 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's House page 1 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 2 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 3 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 4 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 5 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 6 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 7 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 8 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes
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Expenses for Mrs. Wentworth's house page 9 
Date: 1786
Reference no.: Commissioner of Public Records Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 vol. 411 no. 10 

Topic: Manuscript Recipes

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