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Buy Local – Buy BC

Buy Local – “Buy BC”, “Buy Canadian” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded by our provincial government to support local restaurants, farmers, and food producers,  arguing that Buy BC is important for the economic and social well being of individuals and the country.[i] Additionally, the federal government, worried about consumers becoming […]

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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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Chocolate – dream or nightmare

Chocolate – dream or nightmare Probably no food other than chocolate is as controversial, challenging and consequential. Ever since humans began to drink cocoa in the early days of Mayan society, there have been claims made for its health benefits. These many beneficial claims continue today, usually based on research funded by large chocolate companies.[i] […]

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On Strike for “Fair” Chocolate

On Strike for “fair” Chocolate In the previous blog, I highlighted the irony that Carol Off considered in her book Bitter Chocolate[i] and the vast distance she described between the hand that picks the cocoa and the hand that picks the chocolate bar from the store shelf in our community.  In both cases the hands […]

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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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Recipes for Victory

 Recipes for Victory Every November our thoughts turn to Remembrance Day and the role food has played during wartime over the years. In 2018, Elizabeth Baird and Bridget Wranich released Recipes for Victory, a collection of recipes and research papers that were part of a 2014 Great War Food Symposium organized at the Fort York […]

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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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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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Meat Rationing in World War II

I was going through an old button box the other day when I came across this: Not knowing what it was, I had to do a little research.  It turns out that it is a meat ration token from World War II produced by the Canadian Government. People who lived through the war years in […]

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