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The Nanaimo Bar

The Nanaimo Bar Who would have thought that Nanaimo Bars could be so controversial? We have always claimed Nanaimo Bars as a quintessential BC food mainly because of the name and the outstanding branding done by the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. This famous recipe has been shrouded in mystery as no one has […]

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Newspaper Recipes 1878

Newspaper Recipes 1878 In an earlier post I shared a recipe for butter making and how to re-store aged butter. https://www.bcfoodhistory.ca/butter-first-bc-newspaper-recipe/ Butter making was a challenge in early settler days of British Columbia and the inclusion of this recipe in 1860 marked the beginning of newspaper recipes in the Victoria Daily Colonist and in British […]

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Ethel Mulvany Changi Prisoner of War Cookbook

Ethel Mulvany: Changi Prisoner of War Cookbook The taste of longing: Ethel Mulvany and her starving prisoners of war cookbook (2020) was written by Suzanne Evans, who holds a PhD in Religious Studies and is a former Research Fellow at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  The Taste of Longing demonstrates how living in our imaginations […]

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Basic Home Cooking

Basic Cooking Skills Basic cooking skills never go out of date. “Our grandmothers and mothers [sic] learned how to cook by the trial and error method….A child allowed to watch the cooking in the kitchen could be taught how a dough looked and felt when it was ‘right’….not many children or mothers [sic] have the […]

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Canadian Stew and War Cake

Canadian Stew and War Cake What makes stew “Canadian”? Why was the name of War Cake in the First World War changed to Eggless Spice Cake in the Second World War? An extensive collection of military rations and cooking in Baird and Wranich’s book Recipes for Victory features almost 150 pages of recipes drawn from […]

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