Historic Leith Church

This new venture by the Friends of Leith Church
 can be yours for $15

Here is a sample recipe to whet your appetite:

As we all know, zucchini are prolific in a summer veggie garden. This is a delicious way to use them up.  

2 tablespoons canola oil  
1 large onion, chopped  
1 large pear or apple peeled, cored and chopped.  
2 teaspoons curry powder  
4 cups low fat chicken stock  
1/4 cup uncooked whole wheat rice  
3 cups diced unpeeled zucchini  
1/2 teaspoon salt  
1 cup plain yogurt or low-fat milk  

In medium saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and pear or apple. Saut√© over medium heat for 5 minutes; stir frequently. Sprinkle with curry powder. Cook, stirring for a few seconds longer. Add chicken stock and bring to boil over high heat. Add rice, zucchini and salt. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 40 minutes. 
Cool slightly before pouring into blender container and blending until smooth. Whisk in yogurt or milk. (Yogurt gives this soup a slight tangy edge). Serve hot. 
Serves 8. 

110 Calories, 6g Protein, 2g Fibre, 13g Carbohydrate, 4g Fat 

Music, Dance and the Fiddle 
Leith has a reputation for many things but music from the violin has a long history in our hamlet. And today Murray and a group of friends carry on the tradition at the monthly fiddle jams held in the church. In days past, around 1880, Leith had an orchestra. The Thomson family financed the group. Tom played a banjo and George played as well. The band in its orchestra guise even played classical music. The orchestra had eleven members, all men. Wes McKay, violin, Mr. Buzza piano, and Jim Mitchell piano were members. They all played by ear. What fun they had! 

Praise for More Than a Cookbook

"The recipes are mouth-watering, the glimpses of local history charming and illuminating. This is a wonderful book and a great community project".  

Bronwyn Drainie, Editor, 
Literary Review of Canada, Broadcaster and Writer 

"The inimitable, More Than a Cookbook is intertwined with historical facts concerning Leith, the Leith Church in particular and an array of treasured recipes that will always provide nourishment for both body and soul".  

Norah Egener, Author of 'A Time Apart..... 
Letters of Love and War

"More Than a Cookbook gives the reader a sense of the creative spirit bubbling, not just on the stovetops, but in the hearts and minds of the residents of this special part of Ontario. Tom Thomson's artistic legacy is alive and thriving!"  

Stuart Reid, Director/Curator, 
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery

More Than A Cookbook is for anyone who enjoys good food provided from a historical perspective. 

Included In the book are: 
  • Over 150 wonderful, tried and true recipes provided by a large number of residents of the nearby areas of Annan, Leith Balaclava and Bognor.  
  • Interesting historical information of early pioneer days.  
  • Pictures from early as well as later days of the area and the church.  
  • Genealogy and recipes from the family of Tom Thomson famous Canadian landscape painter, who grew up nearby and attended Leith Church with his family.