Author Archive | Linda Peterat

BC Recipes 1979

BC Recipes, 1979 It’s been forty-two years since one of the first recipe books attempting to define BC cuisine was published. It was titled This…is British Columbia: Recipes Through the Years and was a collaboration between Beautiful British Columbia magazine and the Ministry of Agriculture. You might have bought it for the amazing photographs of […]

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War and Postwar Food

War and Post War Food The previous blog looked at Depression recipes, and recipes of the 1930s have similarities to recipes of the war years. Inexpensive cuts of meat and other ingredients, limited amounts of sugar, eggs and cream are some of the commonalities of both wartime and depression recipes. We have included several blogs […]

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Butter – Early BC staple

Butter – An Early Staple We have had several past blogs about butter and I remain fascinated by it and its apparent importance during the settler years of the 1800s. One past blog was on butter making: https://bcfoodhistory.ca/butter-making/  In a second blog I claimed that “How to Make Butter in Five Minutes Without a Churn!” […]

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Butchers of Barkerville

Butchers of Barkerville By guest blogger Ken Mather, author of several books on pioneer and ranching history, including Trail North, Ranch Tales, and the most recent Stagecoach North. Ken has worked in curatorial, management and research positions at Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Hat Creek Ranch, and Barkerville.   As I wrote in a previous blog, the […]

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Bunch Grass and Beef

Bunch Grass and Beef By guest blogger Ken Mather, author of several books on pioneer and ranching history, including Trail North, Ranch Tales and the most recent Stagecoach North. Ken has worked in curatorial, management and research positions at Hat Creek Ranch, Historic O’Keefe Ranch and Barkerville.  In the hot dry interior of British Columbia, […]

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Beef for the Colony of British Columbia

Beef for the Colony of British Columbia Governor James Douglas of the Colony of British Columbia had a problem, but it was a good problem. The gold rush to the Lower Fraser River, that had precipitated the creation of the Colony in 1858, had gradually spread up the river through the Fraser Canyon. By 1862, […]

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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://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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