Climate and Emergencies

BCMA Webinar: Food and the Home Front

November 10, 2021

Join historian Dr. Stacey Barker and museum recipe tester Kathryn Lyons as they explore recipes from the Canadian home front during the Second World War when food restrictions required some creative cooking. Try your own wartime recipes and see if your pandemic shopping experience has required similar resourcefulness. We invite participants to cook their own WWI snacks: Honey Carrots biscuits.

Cook along at home!

Carrot and Honey Cookies

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ¼ teaspsoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, well beaten

Mix dry ingredients. Cream shortening. Stir in carrots, then honey and eggs. Then gradually add the flour mixture. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased pan and bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes. Yield: – 5 to 6 dozen cookies.


Notes from a modern kitchen

  • this recipe can be halved.
  • Margarine or butter may be used in place of the shortening. (recommended!)
  • Baking time varies, but 25-30 minutes is too long. Check after 10-12 minutes. Cookies should appear dry and be lightly browned on the bottom.