Author Archive | M. Gale Smith

Women’s Suffrage Cookbooks

Women’s Suffrage Cookbooks – Are There Any BC or Canadian Suffragist Cookbooks? March 8, International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It is a time to reflect on the movements and organizations who worked so hard to advance women’s rights, for example. the […]

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Creative Gifts from the Kitchen

Creative Gifts from the Kitchen  The pandemic and supply chain issues have many people seeking out more personalized, thoughtful, homemade gifts.  Creative gifts from the kitchen in the form of recipe and food items, provide ideas for many gifts through food history. Framing Family Recipes Chrissy Smith, a home economics teacher and graduate of the […]

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Quince

Quince Do you have any of these in your neighbourhood? At first glance you might think apple? Or pear? Both answers would put you in the right direction because they belong to the same family, Rosaceae Maloideae. But these are quince. The difference lies in Genus: apple trees are Malus and pear trees are Pyrus, […]

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Gellatly Nut Farm

Gellatly Nut Farm If you live in the Okanagan, you are probably familiar with Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park on Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna (Westbank). Fall is an ideal time to visit and you can harvest nuts that fall to the ground when they are ripe[i]. What you may not know is the Gellatly […]

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Woodward’s Food Floor

Woodward’s Food Floor I recently reviewed Food Floor: My Woodward’s Days by Margaret Cadwaladr[i].  It’s a  memoir of the author’s experiences, as a high school, then university student, working part time on Woodward’s Food Floor in Vancouver, in the late 1960s and early 70s.  It is a little book (only 65 pages) of stories and […]

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Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts  When people who are trying to “eat local” or use various versions of regional diets ask “What to do about nuts?”, the most popular recommendation was hazelnuts up to a few years ago. Commercial Production  Hazelnuts have been farmed in various parts of BC since at least the 1930s[i]. Commercial cultivation in the Pacific […]

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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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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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