Lady Rose Pickles

September 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm 1 comment

When six people get together to do some preserving, what happens? Well, we produce 25 pints of relish six times as fast as one cook doing it alone with an added bonus of a whole day of fun. Seven years ago, Steven Boothby shared with me a Lady Rose Relish recipe from Steven’s family who once owned the Point Ideal Resort on Lake of Bays. Steven had worked at the resort as a boy and still makes many of the good recipes enjoyed by the guests. Now, every year at this time when the local produce is at its best, six of us get together to reproduce this wonderful old favourite. I go to the Cambridge Farmers’ Market early in the morning to buy all the vegetables; then we journey up to Waterloo where our Kitchener friends, Diane and Gary Slimmon, Steven and his wife Bonnie, my husband Kent and I set about to clean and chop everything.  After everything was put in salt to draw out the liquid, Steven opened the champagne (a yearly ritual too good to give up) which we enjoyed yesterday on their beatiful deck on one of the nicest days of our summer. After the mustard sauce was made and the vegetables were burbling away in the giant stock pot, we sat down to a gorgeous lunch before bottling our prize relish. What better way to spend a day! The recipe Steven shared with me is on page 108 in my cookbook Hungry for ComfortLady Rose Relish for anyone who has willing friends with whom to share the fun and delicious relish.


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  • 1. Theresa Wright  |  July 1, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am curious to see the recipe. We have had a recipe with the same name in our family for several generations. Now I am very curious about the origins of it.


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