Country Cooking At The Ranch
About the Recipes
All Country Cooking recipes are a collection from different sources. Most of them are part of the Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Guest Ranch menu. Since I started with the recipe collection, I have adapted many of them for my Thermomix Cooking.
I grew up in Switzerland on good whole food. My parents always had a garden, and canning was part of life. A couple of times a week my mother would cycle a kilometre into the village and buy bread at the bakery and other supplies at the grocery store (we didn’t have a car). To get milk was my dad’s job and that always happened late afternoon, after the fresh milk was delivered to the Cheese/Milk store by the farmers. Potatoes and apples we bought from the farm coop and we had always a good supply stored in the cellar. We grew up on healthy, naturally organic whole food.
My mother always liked her cast iron frying pan. For cooking and frying, she used coconut oil. Both my parents are over 90 years old at the time of writing.
The 100-Mile Diet is not new and has been around for generations before us.
Also, I tend to use lots of whole wheat flour and unrefined food, the recipes of the country cooking collection are a combination of healthy and not so healthy foods. Some menus are even made with canned food.
Most of the Country Cooking recipes can be either cooked or baked in the traditional way on an electric stove top or oven, or on top of a wood fireplace in a dutch oven, or over the campfire.
I never use exact measurements, and adapt the recipes according to my food supply.
You will find different measurements and temperatures through the recipes, depending on whether is one of my Canadian recipes or one I imported from Europe.
Most ingredients can be replaced by something else. Canadians often use vegetable shortening for baking, you can use margarine or butter instead.
Here in Canada, we use cups and spoons to measure ingredients and we don’t use a kitchen scale. It’s good to have a measuring cup set for most recipes here, but you can the cups into weight convert if you prefer, following the conversion table. The sets include 1 cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup and a ¼ cup.
How this recipe collection came about
Many thanks to all the guests and workers who stayed at Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Ranch in Lumby through all the years. They first planted the idea into my mind to write down the recipes into an online book. Not only asked people for my recipes before they left the ranch, I often got emails long after they had left, asking me for a particular recipe.
Some of the recipes are from WWOOFers who worked at the ranch, like the ”Swiss Alp Macaroni” and the tasty Zucchini Soup.
Thanks to you all!
Silver Silver Spur Trails Recipe Collection
Cup Measure Conversions – Liquid Measure Conversions
|1 teaspoon||5 ml||1 fl oz||30 ml||1/8 cup|
|1 tablespoon||15 ml||2 fl oz||60 ml||1/4 cup|
|1 cup||125ml/4 fl oz||2 1/2 fl oz||80 ml||1/3 cup|
|1 pint||600 ml||3 fl oz||100 ml||–|
|4 cups of fluid||1 litre||4 fl oz||125 ml||1/2 cup|
|Stick of butter||125 gram||5 fl oz||150 ml||1/4 pnt/1 gill|
|6 fl oz||185 ml||3/4 cup|
|8 fl oz||250 ml||1 cup|