Archive | Food in History

Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation

Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Nemaiah Valley in the heart of the Chilcotin, home of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, one of six Tsilhqot’in communities[i].  I was hired by Preserve Safe™ [ii] to do a workshop on up-to-date safe food preservation methods. While […]

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Pemmican

Pemmican Empire A recent article about Chef Shane Chartrand poses the question “How can one claim to be Canadian and never tasted pemmican?”[i] .  Pemmican is included in Feast: Recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip (Anderson & VanVeller, 2017). The television show and blog “Wild Kitchen” gives recipes and instructions for what has […]

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Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine?

Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine? Almost all small Canadian towns have a Chinese restaurant. Ann Hui reprises the “surprising history and vibrant presence” of these restaurants from Victoria, BC to Fogo Island, Newfoundland in her recent book, “Chop Suey Nation” (2019).  She observed a gap between her childhood food experiences as […]

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A Locavore in 1877: Indigenous Foods in G.M. Dawson Journals 1877-78

A Locavore in 1877: Indigenous Foods in G.M. Dawson Journals 1877-78 The word locavore, meaning a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food was invented in 2005 by Jessica Prentice and declared the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2007[i] For the Indigenous Peoples of BC, the definition […]

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Tilly Rolston and Coloured Margarine

 Tilly Rolston and Coloured Margarine I noticed the comment “Mrs. Tilly J. Rolston, “The Champion of Coloured Margarine” on the back of an archived pamphlet describing BC Social Credit election candidates from the early 1950’s and I was immediately intrigued[i].  Who was this woman?  For International Women’s Day, I decided to see what I could […]

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Wild Game Cookery

Wild Game Cookery A recent CTV news item suggests government incentives to use more food from the land, or “country food”.[i]  Presently chronic food insecurity and hunger is a miserable fact of life for many Inuit and other Indigenous peoples in Canada’s Far North.  The supply of commercial foods is unreliable in cost, quality and […]

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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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