Canadian Bake – Recipe No. 140


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe. I have a couple of days off work, so today I have a little time to COOK 1940s STYLE!

As always, I’m having to keep an eye on what I spend so I’ve given myself a task this month, of using up what I have stored away in the cupboards, fridge and freezer to save a little money as we are heading off to Waltham Abbey in October, to walk the marathon for Cancer Research UK. Travel and accommodation soon adds up!

For lunch today I re-created a wartime recipe from the late Marguerite Patten’s book ‘Feeding the Nation’ as it included using beans and I happen to have a lot of those in my larder. The recipe called for haricot beans but I only had kidney beans so I substituted those as any thrifty wartime household manager would have done! The recipe also called for bacon and being veggie, I still wanted to experience the taste of the original recipe as close as possible so I used a packet of ‘Quorn Meat Free Bacon Rashers’ which I first chopped and sauted before adding to the mashed potatoes and beans before baking in the oven.

I served with cabbage, as the recipe suggested, and cooked it in the right way (a little water in the bottom with a lid on to steam for a few minutes).

Hope you enjoy!

Canadian Bake

  • 1.5 lbs of small white haricot beans (soaked for 24 hours then simmered in clean water until soft – 1.5 hrs)
  • 1 lb of potatoes
  • 1/4 lb of chopped boiled bacon
  • Dessertspoon of ground sage
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt, pepper and butter
  • Crisp breadcrumbs


  1. Mash the potato and haricot beans together and add salt, pepper and butter to taste.
  2. Mix in the ground sage and bacon.
  3. Grease a pie dish and sprinkle with crisp breadcrumbs
  4. Place the mash in the dish and bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Serve with cabbage and gravy.



5 thoughts on “Canadian Bake – Recipe No. 140

      • I added fried onion (a big one, finely sliced) to this and it made a huge difference to the flavour, I have to be careful with seasoning as I have HBP so I tend to use fried onions or herbs for extra flavour.

  1. Mmmmmm, this seems a little like my favorite colecannon, but with bacon and different spices and beans. Okay, maybe not the same at all, but it does have the mashed potatoes. LOL! Anything with bacon and potatoes HAS to be good!

    Thanks for the recipe and healing vibes are coming your way for your feet! Hope you’re on the mend!

    ~ Tam Francis ~

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