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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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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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