Getting Organized for Christmas

Getting Organized for Christmas In 1943, BC Electric Home Service[i] produced a Home Service Bulletin booklet titled Christmas Festivities[ii], eight pages of menus and recipes.  It began with a time-table: What stood out for me on this list was putting up the decorations on December 22. I am already seeing decorated Christmas trees and outside […]

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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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Post-War marketing of BC apples

Post-War Marketing of BC Apples Marketing of British Columbia apples in the 1950s and 1960s took a new turn. Gone were the messages about patriotism and the dominant image became healthy, happy, rosy-cheeked children. The B.C. Apple Recipe Book (circa 1960) was edited by Dorothy Britton, home economist at the Canada Experimental Farm in Summerland […]

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Apples and Patriotism

Apples and Patriotism In the previous blog I looked at a couple of small apple recipe booklets – one published in 1914 that was dedicated to the “patriotic housewives of Canada,” and one published a couple of decades later that concluded with the message “Serve apples daily and you serve your country too.” When the […]

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Sushi in British Columbia

When did sushi come to British Columbia? BC’s claim to the California Roll begins with the assertion that Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Vancouver first introduced it to Canadian and international tourists. Because the roll was so popular with tourists from Los Angeles, he named it after their home state. However food historians in California say it […]

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