Archive | Wartime food

Cookbook Research

Cookbook Research Provides a Window to BC Food History – The Navy League Chapter of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire Victory Cook Book (1941)   Cookbooks are increasingly being recognized as primary sources for historical research as they offer original, uninterpreted information often reflecting tastes and cooking practices of the home cooks. […]

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Bulmans Cannery – the dehydration industry in Vernon

In 1927 Thomas Bulman of Bulman’s Limited spoke to the Vernon Rotary Club about a “dry story” – the development of the dehydration industry in Vernon.[i]  The Bulman Cannery dominated the Vernon landscape for fifty years.[ii] Bulman had started the firm in 1916 on a 4,000-acre ranch 16 kilometers north of Kelowna.[iii] The company had […]

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Canadian War Cake

Canadian War Cake is a unique recipe that reflects rationing and resourcefulness. A few months ago a friend loaned me her grandmother’s cookbook, all hand written and begun in 1905 in Glasgow, Scotland. Included in the book was a recipe for Canadian War Cake. War Cake seems to have originated sometime during World War I […]

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