Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, March 4, THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 17 Canadian housewives find much satisfaction in the Belgian way of life By CY FOX BRUSSELS (CP) For Canadian housewives living in Brussels, life is a mixture of novel annoyances and gratifying discoveries. Against the exasperation of houses that lack built-in cupboards or adequate plumbing, there is the delight of sharing Belgium's fanatical devotion to good food. For every worry about children burdened with school-work far heavier than that imposed in Canada, there is the satisfaction of knowing the youngsters will emerge with extra languages and a cosmopolitan range of knowledge and' friendships And compensating for the possible loneliness of the first weeks in a strange country and the apparently aloof formality of the natives is the satisfaction of eventually penetrating fresh circles of neighborliness and the stimulating muti- national atmosphere of this cross-roads country of the new Europe. But all of this doesn't mean the women from across the Atlantic shed their Canadianism. feel much more Canadian since I came said Mrs. Roch Belanger of Trois-Rivieres, Que., who has lived in Brussels with her banker husband for more than two years. Canadians popular And Mrs. George De Mare, who was born in MacGregor, Man., and came here with her professor husband 7Vz years ago, finds that Canadians are especially popular in Europe. "Wearing a maple leaf does help so terribly she told a reporter who interviewed members of the Canadian Women's Club of Belgium. O'nce the ice of social formality is broken. Belgians enjoy the casual style of entertainment of Canadian hostesses. Having guests for dinner in Belgium usually calls for a written invitation rather than the verbal "come on over" approach of North America, said Mrs. Paul Mattmann, whose Swiss-born husband is managing diiector of an oil company in Belgium. But this has its advantages since "your guests arrive with flowers or chocolates or cake or occasionally wine." If the Belgians do come empty-handed, they are sure to send flowers to their hostess next day, Mrs. Mattmann added. Kal less meat In fact much Belgian entertaining is done in restaurants. Surprisingly, Belgians eat less meat than do Canadians, though main meals run to four or five courses. The diet of Canadian schoolchildren is more varied-than that of the Belgian contemporaries. Mrs. Mattman. born in Regina and here since 1968. remarked that children in Belgian schools have to work much harder than in Canada. And Mrs. St. Jacques said: "Our kids are missing being children here. There's no time for a child to be a The hard work, however, pays dividends, especially with the children of Anglophone parents emerging fluent in French and possibly Flemish. Mrs. De Mare said she was extremely pleased with the progress of her three children in a Belgian private school. "The children-teacher contact is very close." she said. "We have fewer problems than we'd probably have at home Nevertheless it is difficult for an English-speaking Canadian child to adjust if he enters school later than the local equivalent of the kindergarten stage. Lose English Sometimes the Anglophones worry that their youngsters may not be getting enough childhood English instruction, vital for resuming life back in North America. For this reason, one of Mrs. Bannerman's two boys now attends an American school in Belgium. Said Mrs. De Mare: "Our children have so much homework, we don't have time to teach them English at home. I find they don't read English." Mrs. Bannerman reported that Canadians are more inclined to send their youngsters to Belgian schools than are Americans living in this country. The children still love returning for holidays to Canada even though many of them become readily attuned to European games like soccer and rugby and adopt heroes like Belgian ace cyclist Eddy Merckx. Their mothers find that getting on first- name terms with Belgian women can be a long process. Mrs. Belanger suggested that English- speaking Canadians find this side of European-style formality more novel than do Quebecers, many of whom are themselves born to it. I Ins advantages Anyway, said Mrs. Belanger, the formality of address makes it easy when you forget a name. You just say "Madame." The lives of many Belgian women impress Canadians as being based on the principle of in Mrs. De Mare's words "everything for the family." "They're either home-bound or said Mrs. Bannerman. "There's no in-between." Mrs. Belanger commented: "We are very spoiled housewives compared to the Belgians." Often Belgian houses lack the wiring and plumbing needed for accommodating such appliances as washers and dryers, dish- washers and freezers. And the scarcity of built-in cupboards means having to include wardrobes among furniture purchases, at up to each. Moving into a newly-built Belgian house is a mixture of pleasure and inconvenience for Canadian women. _ Dwellings are solidly built but insulation falls short of Canadian standards and fixtures are not to be found ready and waiting. On the other hand, domestic help, while becoming expensive, is more readily available here and Belgian supermarkets are improving. One supermarket chain in Brussels has inaugurated sections in its stores devoted to Canadian and American food specialties. Thus Canadian housewives come across old favorites like maple syrup, marshmallows and unsweetened baking chocolate. "If you look enough, you'll find just about said Mrs. De Mare. 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The 12 member Dulcet Players will perform renaissance and baroque music in the lecture theatre. E-690, in the Academic- Residence Building. The public is invited to the recital No admission will be charged. The Fischer quintuplets attend an open house at the opening of St. Luke's Hospital's new million addition in Aberdeen, S.D. All 11 Fischer children were born at St. Luke's. Mrs. Fischer, far left, is pictured with Robert Mellbye, assistant administrator, and Mrs. Harold Walz. In the back row, from left, are Cindy, 9, America's oldest quintuplets Evelyn, 15 Margaret, 10, Denise, 14, Julie, 16, Charlotte, 12, Danny, 18, Jimmy, 10 and Andrew Fischer. From left in foreground are Maggie, Annie and Cathy, who, with Margaret and Jimmy, are the quintuplets. They were born Sept. 14, 1963. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes The homemaker MfORMtfHQH- COMPLAINTS. Mi's nothing specific. I just feel like telling someone off." Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: My husband and I are both full- time teachers. We have four children and an aged parent living with us Our lives are full and busy. The problem I am writing about is the only sour note, and it IS sour. My husband has become a collector and a hoarder. He haunts police auctions and flea markets for "bargains." We have dozens of musical instruments picked up a "terrific prices" and enough bedding, towels and blankets to open a small store. He buys out entire stocks of toothpaste and deodorants with no regard to whether the family wants a three-year supply of that particular brand. Our house is jammed with his purchases and the garage is also loaded. Many of his "great finds" have corroded, rusted, decayed, warped and fallen apart from lack of use. When I plead with him to get rid of some of the junk, he considers it a personal attack. Please don't suggest a psychiatrist. We know a few and they can't handle their own problems. No Room In The Belfry For Bats Dear Bats: Hoarders have a deep-seated fear of being poor or abandoned. The junk is their "security." Granted, some psychiatrists can't handle their own problems, but there ARE some well balanced therapists around, and I hope he will find one. The trouble with hoarders is that thev become nuttier and more acquisitive as they get older. Your hus- band needs help NOW. Dear Ann Landers: This is to the widower whose wife died after 30 years of marriage, and who is just now catching up with the fact that she slept around town. "Friends" told him about it. He is stunned and hurt and feels the need to "share his burden." He wants to know if he should tell his daughter. I have a message for him. Forget it. Dad. If it took you THIS long to get the something is rotten in Denmark I'd like to know what kind of friend would give you such hurtful information within weeks after your wife's death. With "friends" like that, who needs enemies? Tokyo, Japan Dear Tokyo: Well said And thank you for spending all that loot on postage? Dear Ann Landers: The letter from "Trauma In Tennessee" was a memory- jogger I was involved with a man who could have been her husband's twin brother. Thank God I was strong enough to stop seeing him. I am 24. well educated and attractive. Don Juan made me feel like an inadequate fool. I spent two and a half years trying to win his affection. I could die when I think of the ridiculous and degrading things I did to make him love me. Suddenly I realized that Don couldn't love anyone but himself. How lucky that he wouldn't marry me. Tell "Trauma" that the longer she stays, the less self- respect she will have. Her children will soon sense it and despise her for her weakness. Tell her it will be a tremendous relief when she no longer has to live in fear of her husband's unpredictable behavior. With two children and a new friend herself she will never be alone Been There Dear B. T.: Advice from someone who has been down the same road-has double the impact. (And thank you for that warm personal note at the close of your letter. I Going to a wedding? Giving one? Or standing up in one? Even if you're already married Ann Landers' completely new "The Bride's Guide" will answer questions about today's weddings. For a copy, send a dollar bill, plus a long, self addressed, stamped envelope (lie postage) to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, HI. CNS4. By BARBARA L. MYTROEN District Home Economist in training Teflon utensils have been on the market for some time now and as usual, time and technology have greatly improved their properties. So if you've been disappointed by teflon in the past, try it again you'll be much happier with the improved, teflon. Before non-stick cookware is used for the first time, give it a conditioning treatment. First, wash the utensil in hot sudsy water, rinse it thoroughly, then dry it. Don't try any of your steel wool cleansing pads or you'll roughen the teflon surface. Now, wipe the teflon surface with a paper towel soaked in cooking oil or shortening. Check with the instructions as some directions for bakeware are slightly different. The use of cooking fats or oils Is' optional when using Teflon, however, you may find it desirable to use fat or oil for added flavor, browning and crispness. When baking in Teflon, lightly grease the inside surface of the pan, especially if the food contains sugar or fruit. Cake pans may also be floured, if desired. Of course, you won't want to grease the pan for an angel, sponge or chiffon cake! Extremely high temperatures can stain a non- stick finish and render it less effective. The best heat is medium to low for stove top cookery. Always wash thoroughly after each use. Grease and baked on food particles will come off easily with hot sudsy water and a soft cloth or sponge. Be sure the water is sudsy to cut the film of grease on the cookware. If really stubborn spots occur, scrub the non-stick finish with soap and a plastic mesh pad. Never use steel wool, a metal scouring pad, or coarse scouring powder on a non-stick finish. Automatic dishwashers will not hurt teflon, but watch to be sure the outside of the utensil will not be harmed. Some outside coatings may become dull or discolored from an automatic dishwasher so check the manufacturers directions. Staining may occur from a build up of food or grease residues in the utensil. A minor discoloration is considered normal. However, dark and widespread staining (usually from over heating and incomplete cleaning) may lessen the effectiveness of the non-stick property and sticking will occur. To remove these stains, mix two tablespoons of baking soda and a half cup of liquid household bleach with one or two cups of water, or enough solution in these proportions to about half fill the utensil. Simmer this solution for five minutes. Remove from heat and check the surface. If stain still remains, repeat the treatment This solution will foam and may stain the outside of the utensil. The teflon surface will become slightly lighter in color but this will in no way reduce its non-stick performance. Do not substitute ingredients for the baking soda, household bleach or water. After this treatment, wash, rinse, and dry the cookware, then recondition it with oil as when you first brought it home from the store. Teflon is just one of the many products we have to lighten our load of housekeeping, let's not over look it. BINGO MON.. March 4lh WN60-RAINBOW HALL-1401 5ft An. N. TUESDAY, MARCH 5th fcOO p.m. CwRPBTW) UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Take it to the leader. Let Put Your Sewing Ma- chine in its Best Working Order With Our 7-Point Program We 1. Adjust, balance tensions 2. Adjust fabric handling mechanism 3. De-lint threading mechanism 4. Adjust belt tension 5. Inspect wiring 6. Lubricate machine 7. 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