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Salal

Salal is the last traditional food plant I will discuss for this month. I found salal (Gaultheria shallon) among the cedar trees just steps from our property.  This sturdy evergreen shrub grows along  the Pacific coast where it spreads quickly to form dense thickets. It loves to grow in coniferous forests from the seashore to […]

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Evergreen Huckleberry

  When I saw this Evergreen Huckleberry bush in my new neighbourhood, I immediately felt at home.  I came across this lovely plant as it struggled for survival in the midst of logging debris, choked out by blackberry brambles. In one of our previous residences we planted an “edible hedge” along one side of our […]

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Wild Red Flowering Currant

The wild red flowering currant is native to BC and also a very popular shrub in England. My husband and I moved to the Cowichan Valley this winter and I have been enjoying just getting to know my new neighbourhood.  Imagine my delight in coming across this beautiful flowering shrub on in the woods near […]

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Čamus : west coast cooking Nuu-chah-nulth style – BC Food History Network

Čamus is a Nuu-chah-nulth word that means “Very satisfying when you’ve been well-fed” and the cookbook of the same name is featured in this book review. The book is published by Uu-a-thluk,  an aquatic management organization interested in the economic development of ocean resources in Nuu-chah-nulth territories. They state that the purpose of the book is […]

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Where People Feast

Where people feast, an indigenous people’s cookbook continues the theme of building up a core reference library for educators who want to include First Nations foods in their curriculum.  It is also a good introduction to Northwest BC food traditions and of interest to anyone wishing to include more indigenous foods or wild game in […]

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Modern Native Feasts

Andrew George, author of Modern native feasts, healthy, innovative, sustainable cuisine is from Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwest British Columbia. He was head chef at the Four Host First Nations pavilion of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is a chef educator with a particular interest in encouraging healthy, local eating among First Nation youth […]

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