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A Country Cooking Recipe Collection

All Country Cooking recipes are a collection from different sources. Most of them are from the Silver Spur Trails Wilderness Guest Ranch menu. Since I started the collection, I have adapted many of them for my Thermomix Cooking.

The Recipes

Country Cooking

A Bit Of Family Food History

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 in the late afternoon, after the fresh milk was delivered to the Cheese/Milk store by the farmers. Potatoes and apples we bought from the farm co-op with always a good supply stored in the cellar. We grew up on healthy, naturally organic whole food.

My mother loved 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.

Although I tend to use mainly natural ingredients for my own cooking 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 where the recipe comes from

Most ingredients can be replaced by something else. Canadians often use vegetable shortening for baking. Your choice, 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, or you can convert the cups into weight if you prefer, following the conversion table. The cup sets you buy at the store include 1 cup, ½ cup, 1/3 cup and a ¼ cup.

How The Recipe Collection Came About

Many thanks to all past guests and workers who stayed at Silver Spur Trails in Lumby BC during my guest ranch years. Mainly for you all, I made the recipe collection. Not only did guests and workers ask for my recipes before they left the ranch, I often got emails long after they 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.

Thank You All!


Cup Measure Conversions – Liquid Measure Conversions

Imperial Metric Cups/Pints
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

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