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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Indigenous Food Practices 1875-76

Indigenous Food Practices 1875-76 The careful observations of an early geologist in British Columbia provide a unique window into how BC’s Indigenous peoples lived local and off the land. My reading has recently taken me to The Journals of George M. Dawson: British Columbia, 1875-1878. The Journals are two volumes edited by Douglas Cole and […]

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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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What’s making food history 3/29/19 – Celery Fad

Celery juice is the latest food fad to hit the news. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/celery-price-cost-juice-health-trend-1.5076439?fbclid=IwAR3Urs3XtQfzJH-E_Q91RURZsR2UlER62pLPUBZftkmXtdvhOiioe8FC4vE A BC Food History post on celery describes its past growing history, and also its known allergen qualities. Armstrong BC – Celery City No More All food fads need to be examined critically.  

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Pi Day

Thanks to KB for this information about Pi Day: *Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual […]

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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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