Archive | Food in History

BC Sugar and Alberta Sugar Beets

BC Sugar and Alberta Sugar Beets Sugar gets such a bad rap – while this blog is not the place to discuss its reputation, it is a good place to discuss some interesting Alberta and BC sugar history. “Sweet “ dreams come true: Recipes you’ll relish is a  small 16-page pamphlet. No date or publisher […]

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Snacks

Snacks by Janis Thiessen Janis Thiessen will make you re-think snacks and the class snobbery that blames them for an array of health problems and obesity. She begins by admitting that she loves potato chips and grew up in a family that regularly purchased pop and a variety of candy and processed snack foods. Thiessen […]

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Getting Organized for Christmas

Getting Organized for Christmas In 1943, BC Electric Home Service[i] produced a Home Service Bulletin booklet titled Christmas Festivities[ii], eight pages of menus and recipes.  It began with a time-table: What stood out for me on this list was putting up the decorations on December 22. I am already seeing decorated Christmas trees and outside […]

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Potluck – Friendsgiving

Potluck – Friendsgiving The saddest potluck I ever attended was in a Yaletown condo in Vancouver. The hosts had contributed a tablecloth and a stack of plastic glasses; my friend brought a bag of taco chips; and I, somewhat showing my age, brought shrimp cheese puffs (they have a creampuff base if you’re interested). Otherwise, […]

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Do Home Economics Teachers Cook?

Do Home Ec. Teachers Cook? Like the doctor’s children who get sick, or the bank managers who run up credit card debts, home economics teachers have often  been scrutinized for their everyday living habits.  Do they sew and cook for themselves and their families? Are they tidy housekeepers? The Vancouver and District Home Ec. Association […]

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Apples and Patriotism

Apples and Patriotism In the previous blog I looked at a couple of small apple recipe booklets – one published in 1914 that was dedicated to the “patriotic housewives of Canada,” and one published a couple of decades later that concluded with the message “Serve apples daily and you serve your country too.” When the […]

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The Egg Carton Invented in BC

As this promotional ad indicates, the egg carton was invented in BC[I] It started in Aldermere, BC, in 1911 (near present-day Telkwa), when a  hotel owner decided that baskets were not the best way to transport eggs[ii].  His complaint about the numbers of eggs broken in a delivery he received (transported by horse and wagon […]

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