Author Archive | M. Gale Smith

Pine Mushrooms

Pine Mushrooms Pine mushrooms provide a source of income in various parts of British Columbia from August to November. This summer, you may come across signs like this one, when people are mostly travelling in-province. The arrow points to a mushroom depot where buyers pay cash to wild mushroom foragers and commercial harvesters for BC […]

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Book Review – Chop Suey Nation

Book Review: Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Café and Other Stories From Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui,   Douglas and McIntyre, 2019. Ann Hui is a food reporter for the Globe and Mail. She writes about her fascination with Chinese Canadian cuisine,  sometimes called “chop suey” cuisine or in her family, “fake” Chinese food. […]

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Make Toast Your Breakfast Food

Make Toast Your Breakfast Food Do you eat toast for breakfast?  I do!   A recent survey found that one out of four Canadians made toast their breakfast food between  2002 to 2012[i]. In British Columbia this practice may be partly attributed to marketing campaigns by BC Electric Railway (later BC Electric, now BC Hydro). […]

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Penny Wise – BC Food Writer

Penny Wise – BC Food Writer “Penny Wise” (Vancouver Sun) joins “Edith Adams” (Vancouver Province)  and “Cousin Rosemary” (Country Life in BC)  as one of several newspaper writers who wrote about food and everyday life. Evelyn A. Caldwell used the name “Penny Wise”, a twist on the old saying, penny-wise and pound-foolish to help BC […]

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