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Forgotten food moments: Hot apple pancakes

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Cuisine is an interesting concept. It can be regional, it can be national, but it can also be a personal thing; no two people have quite the same relationship with food. This Sunday morning I decided to try to cook up a bit of my own culinary history; a helping of hot apple pancakes. Apple pancakes appear in many shapes …

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Blackberry Season

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There were many things I missed about the West Coast during my thirteen years wandering the world.  Fresh salmon, rain falling onto endless waves of evergreens, phoning friends back east in February to talk about the sudden appearance of Spring. These all come to mind, but one of the highlights, one of my great cravings, is the wonder of blackberry …

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Butterscotch pie

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As the summer draws to a close I find myself thinking of the many exciting and exotic foods that I ate in my travels in Atlantic Canada, and I can’t help but wonder which foods might be popular in the rest of the country, if they only had a chance. I’m thinking the various seal flipper dishes are probably out, …

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Daytrips: Roberts Creek

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It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and one advantage of this year’s hot, sticky, foul smelling summer is that we have been getting out of the city to explore some of the wonderful areas that are an easy daytrip from the city. A few days ago we decided to take the ferry to Langdale, and then head up …

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Found Architecture: Barn Stars

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I’m taking a weekend off to catch up on some reading on the Sunshine Coast, and I was thinking about how different it is to be in a rural setting where I am a local. However, thinking back on our travels on the East Coast, sometimes being an outsider makes the mundane visible and novel. In particular I am reminded …

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Daytrips: Bowen Island

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I love cities, but every now and then it is nice to get beyond the city walls for some quiet and fresh air. Throughout history part of the charm of urban life has been the occasional escape, and the wealthy have always maintained a separate set of digs beyond the city in order to avoid high summer temperatures, plagues, and …

It’s the season for blueberry grunt

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It’s blueberry season in BC, and our household is going to turn blue soon given how many we eat. I bought another two kilo box at Lepp’s Farm Market in Abbotsford today, and they are already running low. Mind you, I’m not going to run out; BC produces 40 million kilos of blueberries a year, on 20,000 acres of our …

The Cape Breton pizza burger

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One of the things I love about food is how the fortunes of specific dishes rise and fall over time as fashions and trends come and go. Foods become popular, others are forgotten; one day peasants are eating pressed blocks of caviar for breakfast, a turn of tastes later golden caviar from albino sturgeon is being presented to the tsar …

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Bidgood’s: Temple of Newfoundland cuisine

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I love visiting grocery stores that feature the foods of other cultures; I love the strange smells, the exotic spices, the unusual fruits and vegetables. I sometimes wonder what a store specializing in Canadian cuisine might look like, and what treats might hide on its shelves. In the specific case of Newfoundland cuisine, however, I no longer have to wonder. …

Is red velvet cake Canadian?

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In my work I often study the seasonality of food, but there are also longer term trends in a food’s life cycle. Foods become popular, inspire variation, spread geographically, and then can be forgotten, only to be rediscovered decades later. This makes culinary anthropology rather difficult; saying where a food is from definitively is often just not possible. I was …