Technology in the Kitchen

Most museums have kitchen displays, and this week’s topic is kitchen technology.  In the traditionally-set up kitchen display, visitors usually comment on the quaintness of the old-time kitchen utensils but the implications of kitchen technology are seldom explored.  In actuality, kitchens hold history hostage;  they represent human advances (for the most part) in time saving, […]

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Newman Cookbook Collection – University of the Fraser Valley

BCFN has been informed about a  recent cookbook collection added to the University of the Fraser Valley. The Newman Western Canadian Cookbook Collection was established in 2015 and is comprised of community and restaurant cookbooks published in, or about, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., the Yukon and Northwest territories. Details about the collection are available on […]

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Cariboo Sunflowers

Cariboo sunflowers are a beautiful marker of spring and in the not-too-distant past they were also an important food crop for the First Nations peoples of the BC interior. This plant, also known as arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), is a member of the aster family. Nowadays it grows plentifully on hillsides and grasslands.        […]

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White Spot – a BC legend

Recently we were contacted by Laura Brehaut of the National Post who was doing an article on the allure of White Spot’s secret “triple O” sauce[i]. Occasionally here at the BC Food History Network, we get such requests.  Sometimes we can assist and sometimes not, but the requests always pique our interest and have us […]

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Cherry Olives

This final look at mock food considers the use of one ingredient to create a food that is not locally available, for example, the use of cherries to make Cherry Olives. The Okanagan area of British Columbia has an abundance of cherries in the summer months but olives don’t grow here. It’s not clear when […]

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Mock Duck

This week I look at recipes for mock foods that work with readily available ingredients and attempt to make them more exotic, glamorous or special. Sometime in my past, I have made mock duck and this was an opportunity to try it again. Back in the 1970s and 80s, we were encouraged to use less […]

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