Author Archive | Mary Leah de Zwart

Garden Seeds

  I’m thinking about garden seeds. Last year (2021) I set out to grow vegetables that might have been grown in a Hudson Bay Company post garden at the 53rd/54th parallel and above.  The growing season in Edmonton and area is short and intense, around 100 – 120 frost-free days (or less) between May 15 […]

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Depression Recipes

Depression Recipes A recent request on the Culinary Historians of Canada facebook page for Depression-era  recipes inspired me to write this post about thrifty foods of Western Canada (and possibly other parts of Canada as well), during the Great Depression of the “Dirty Thirties” (as my mother called the  years between 1929 and 1939). Some […]

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Nabob Foods Home Service

Nabob Foods Home Service   Nabob Foods Home Services department produced cook books, spice charts, and other educational materials until the 1970s.  Consumers who sent in 25 cents and labels from four different Nabob products would receive “Time-honoured Recipes of the Canadian West”, all selected by Jean White, Director of  the Nabob Home Services Department. In […]

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Nabob Foods

Nabob Foods Nabob Foods is a BC company!  This surprising fact was brought to our attention in a recent Culinary Historians of Canada post.  The next couple of blogs will focus on the rise, fall and rise again of Nabob. In 1896 Nabob Foods was founded by Robert Kelly and Frank Douglas in Vancouver, BC […]

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