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Hogan’s Alley-Vie’s Chicken and Steak House

Hogan’s Alley- Vie’s Chicken and Steak House In January 2014 in honour of Black History month Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp celebrating Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. [i]  If you live in Vancouver, you may be familiar with the initiative to restore Hogan’s Alley, the unofficial name for Park Lane. The alley ran […]

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Food Security in 1860s British Columbia

Food Security in 1860s British Columbia Lately I have been reading the Cariboo Sentinel newspaper from the late 1860s (https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xcariboosen)[i] searching for information on a few historic characters I am researching. At the same time I have been drawn to articles about food of the time. From the mid 1860s up to 1871 was an […]

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What’s Making Food History – April 24, 2020

“Sweet Spot – The Doukhobor Jam-Making Enterprise” is the first article in a five part historical series by Jonathan Kalmakoff,  in the West Kootenay Advertiser, a supplement to the Nelson Star, Castlegar News, Trail Times, Rossland News, and Grand Forks Gazette and Arrow Lakes News. https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20200423040004465/2?ff&pageLayout=singlePage&fbclid=IwAR2HhCBp6G9PMOzTJuk6_gJpHRGK32i9ibPGK-VJ90hzNHDhafbyd4NEgk0  

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Food from home to the war front

Food From Home to the War Front Food was one way that Canadians at home could support their troops overseas, either by rationing or economizing or sending care packages. A previous post described War Cake, popular during both World Wars I and II and modified in peacetime. It stores and travels well, remaining moist and […]

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Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation

Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Nemaiah Valley in the heart of the Chilcotin, home of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, one of six Tsilhqot’in communities[i].  I was hired by Preserve Safe™ [ii] to do a workshop on up-to-date safe food preservation methods. While […]

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Pemmican

Pemmican Empire A recent article about Chef Shane Chartrand poses the question “How can one claim to be Canadian and never tasted pemmican?”[i] .  Pemmican is included in Feast: Recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip (Anderson & VanVeller, 2017). The television show and blog “Wild Kitchen” gives recipes and instructions for what has […]

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