Sunday, 9 September 2012

Caker Cooking on CBC!

Since my interview on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, the caker floodgates have opened. It's been great to hear from so many of you. Thanks for your comments and recipes.  I've posted only the tip o' the caker iceberg when it comes to recipes, so there's plenty more to come. Whether you perceive that as a positive or a negative is up to you.

Just a reminder that a new recipe is posted every Monday.

If you missed the interview, you can check it out here.


  1. Loved the interview and I am LOVING your blog!

  2. Caught most of the interview. It was good. Your bizarre obsession almost sounded sane on the radio. Almost.

    1. Tim, I wouldn't go so far as to call it an "obsession." It's more like a hobby. One that you think about. All the time. Everyday. Forever.

  3. Caught the interview yesterday and it was great. I had not heard of the term "caker" until now and had always looked at these creations as "comfort food" (cream of chicken soup over long grain rice and an oven baked chicken breast). My wife's favorite is to mix Kraft Dinner, cream of mushroom soup and tuna.

    My mom passed a great recipe on to me years ago. Apologies if you already have this on your site:

    Rice Dish

    1 cup of rice ( long grain, not instant )
    1 envelope of Lipton's onion soup mix
    2 cups water
    1 can of mushrooms...drained
    1/4 cup soya sauce
    1/4 cup canola oil
    1/2 cup celery
    1/2 cup green pepper
    1/2 cup cooked chicken or pork { 0pitional]

    Preheat oven to 350. Mix 1st six ingredients and
    cook for 30 minutes. Add celery and green pepper
    and cook for another 30 minutes. You may also make it
    without the veggies and just cook for 1 hour. Serve
    with meatballs in tomato sauce and corn. I usually
    use leftover meat from a roast or chicken. If you
    wish you can cook a chicken breast, chop and add.
    To serve a crowd just double the recipe but just use
    one envelope of soup, as it will do the trick.

    I will be definitely trying out some of these recipes. Great blog!

    1. Thanks for the recipe, Sean. I haven't heard of this one before, so will definitely add it to my recipe roster. Like most caker dishes, the name of the dish is a little lacklustre. I guess cakers aren't that good when it comes to adjectives.

  4. Hi Brian,
    I heard you yesterday on CBC and couldn't wait to get home and check out your blog. I have been going through all your posts and laughing. SO much fun. Some of it kind of makes me cringe/laugh and other entries bring back memories from my childhood.
    On another note I have to tell you how much I've enjoyed your books. My husband and I saw you at the Grimsby Author Series and felt like you were an old friend - like we wanted to have you over for supper. But that would have been weird because you don't know us ;) Anyway, thanks for the wonderful read - a new thing to look forward to on Mondays. Cheers!

    1. Thanks, Kim! I had a good time that night in Grimsby. I wasn't expecting so many people! It was a great crowd. And anytime you want to invite me for dinner, you go right ahead. I'll show up at your door with a bottle of Baby Duck.

  5. Hi Brian.
    I'd like to subscribe to following you by e-mail but I don't think I can take the side-splitting laughter every day. I've just read through all the old posts and tears are running down my face. This is ME and MY MUM! I have a cupboard full of those cookbooks and a recipe box full of similar recipes that I make all the time. You've made my day!

    1. Hi Laurie. Glad to hear you've got a cupboard full of these books. If you've got a favourite recipe, please share it, especially if it has a) Cream of Mushroom soup, b) potato chips, c) Cool Whip or d) all of the above.

  6. Well, you could charm the very birds from the trees.
    I loved the interview of course but I felt a bit sad that I couldn't fully join in. I came from a generation just slightly after this, my mom was single and worked full time and we never had any money for things like ingredients and my mom never had any energy for things like cooking, let alone recipes. I did inherit some of my grandmother's recopies but them seem more "legit", I think they were actually her mother's. It seems to skip two generations in my family.
    I grew up eating cereal for dinner with powdered milk. Yum, yum. I also remember lots of boxes of instant stuffing, but not the fancy Stove Top like you get today, I remember a box of bread crumbs and we used to shake whatever spices from the cupboard we had into it. The spices were my great grandmother’s and were all 50 years old and stuck in the bottom of the jars. Actually I seem to remember my childhood meals as not dissimilar to those of Oliver Twist.
    So that made me a bit sad.
    I think making a tomato soup cake will pick me up though.

    1. I guess there's poor and then there's "we couldn't afford things like ingredients" poor. Having said that, cereal for supper is still one of my favourite indulgences, especially if that cereal has the word "chocolately" in its name,

    2. Hah! I understand, but I think I wore out the novelty. We'd get these boxes of cereal from relatives and once he got this HUGE box of Cheerios, which I hated, and I had to finish the whole box before we could get another kind, which was torture.
      I do remember when there was just a little in the box, my mom would mix it in with some other box to clear space, which seems a very caker thing to do, and would drive me crazy with the bowl of frosted flakes/cheerios/lucky charms/raisin bran I would end up with.
      Also on the ingredients, I remember I liked to cook, even at like 7 or 8 years old, but we could NEVER afford vanilla. My great-grandmother had a bottle of almond extract we inherited and I would occasionally have to use that instead of vanilla but it was never a good idea. Then I'd forget, and 6 months later use the almond extract again and regret it.

  7. I enjoyed you interview on CBC. I have a box of cookbooks like these that were my mothers. Some dating to the 1930's and a few wartime books and pamphlets about cooking with rations. I can't bring myself to throw them out but I have no room for them. Would you be interested I could donate some to your collection. Had to post as anonymous, couldn't figure out how to do it with any of the other choices. I will check back and see if you are interested . Thanks Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy. I'd absolutely be interested! Thanks for offering. Send me an email at cakercooking at gmail dot com.