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From: "john" <>
Subject: A Nova Scotia story - Love gows through the stomach :--)
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 13:02:38 -0400
Hello Hessians - I just found this old posting of mine -
and I cannot resist bringing it to you - it's hilarious!
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 12:29:50 -0800
From: John Helmut Merz <>
Subject: [NOVA-SCOTIA-L] Nova Scotia food for thought.
Hello, Nova Scotians, Lunies, Gansers, etc:
Traditions, traditions, traditions!
Ever since I learned about the early settlement of Nova Scotia by
so many different groups of ethnic folks, from the Mic Mac, Acadians,
Scotish and British, New Englanders, and last not least the Germans,
I have been amazed how all those different cultures have nurtured and
kept up their own peculiar way of life and customs.
Being a German of very recent immigration (41 years in Ontario) I was
particularly impressed with the traditions of the various German groups
of Nova Scotian settlers, the "Foreign Protestants", the Loyalists,
and the Hessians. And of course, there are a lot of my kind who came
to your Province after WWII. I have visited Nova Scotia myself doing
research about the settlement of Hessians in the Bear River area of
Annapolis County, and bringing home with me a lasting impression.
What was most noticable was how traditions and customs have survived
in Nova Scotia for over 200 years.
A recent discussion on these mail lists about food, cooking, and cook
books brought the point home to me, that nowhere in Canada, and that
includes Kitchener, Ontario (former Berlin), the old German recipes,
customs, expressions, etc. have been preserved as much as in Lunenburg
and the other German settlement areas in Nova Scotia. The only other
area I found with such an abundance of German traditions was of course
in Pennsylvania around Lancaster.
Now there is an old saying in German "Liebe geht durch den Magen",
a rough heartless translation would say: "Love goes through the stomach"
but I would translate it more gentle to:
"With good food you catch a man", a trick many old mothers with marrying
age daughters have used on unsuspecting future son-in-laws.
One example of that you can read in Ira Maxwell Sutherland's "Hessians
in Annapolis County". A John Baptiste Dondale, a discharged soldier
of the 60th Regt. wanted to settle and started to look for a cow.
While passing through the Hessian settlement he heard that Henry Trimper
(Troemper), who lived over in the Waldeck Line, might have one to sell.
At the door he was welcomed by Elizabeth, the daughter, no mean beauty,
and stating his problems, was invited in. Well, I bet the cooking did
it, he went home with a cow and a wife.
The moral of the story? You better watch what and where you eat. John