Agnes Ayre's Notebook
Recipes from Old St. John's. A one-of-a-kind recipe collection from World War I St. John's. By Roger Pickavance & Agnes Marion Murphy
One overlooked aspect of Ayre's remarkable life was a recipe collection she wrote in a small notebook, starting in 1917. She didn't bother with traditional recipes---not a boiled dinner or pan-fried codfish to be found---but collected out-of-the-ordinary dishes for the time, along with ingenious ways of being frugal with leftovers.
Intrigued by this historical document and curious about what exactly the lady of a middle-class household in World War I St. John's would feed her family, Roger Pickavance and Agnes Marion Murphy (Ayre's granddaughter) set about cooking all 140 recipes in the century-old notebook. Most worked well, some did not, and many would make a welcome addition to a modern cook's repertoire.
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