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Lower East Side Pickle Day

In Food, Travel by Lenore Newman1 Comment

I’m spending most of the fall in New York this year, and one of the benefits is the chance to experience different foods and culinary events. The Lower East Side Pickle Day allowed me to combine my love of all things fermented and my love of urban geography into one fun event. Pickling was a key food preservation technique for …

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Battenberg Cake

In Food by Lenore Newman1 Comment

I was browsing pictures of cakes today (hey, it’s raining) and I saw a photo of an old friend: the Battenberg Cake. This visually striking cake is made of sponge cake slices arranged into a pink and white checker pattern, and then wrapped in marzipan. In the UK the cake is held together with jam, but the version I’m most …

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Agriculture and Health

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Want to be healthy? Live near healthy food! Sometimes, it’s hard to have a healthy diet. You might be stuck in an airport, or in a part of town with lots of fast food. Here in BC we are blessed with abundant productive farmland, and can buy fresh healthy food at the grocery store, at the farm stand, and at …

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Lamington Cake

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I’ve been encountering all sorts of interesting foods on my research trip to the UK, and this morning I decided to try one that has been cropping up on my path quite regularly: Lamington cake. What is interesting about this cake is that it isn’t from the UK at all, but is instead Australian in origin. A Lamington cake consists …

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Local Yu Choy

In Food, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

One of lesser known gems of Vancouver’s excellent culinary scene is the availability of fresh local Asian vegetables. We are one of the only cities in North America where a wide diversity of crops from East Asia are grown, creating a source of delicate greens to enjoy. Sadly many of these wonderful vegetables don’t make it to our local farmers’ …

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Maple-fried porridge

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It is easy to overlook grains when studying cuisine. Even though the Prairie Provinces are blanketed in wheat, oats, barley, and the like, it isn’t always easy to find foods that celebrate these everyday ingredients. The common oat gets little attention in the professional kitchen, making the appearance of maple-fried porridge on a smattering of menus a welcome twist on …

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Summer food fact: Ice cream sandwiches should melt

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I love summer, and I love enjoying some of the special foods that are best when the weather outside is at its hottest. Ice cream has been fueling fun summer food memories for generations now, and is such a lovely trick of chemistry, cream and air combining to make something smooth and ethereal. I was particularly fond of ice cream …

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The origin of birthdays

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My birthday was two days ago, and I managed to celebrate a little even though I had to give a final exam. Most of the celebrations involved food, and I started thinking about how odd birthdays are. Why do we celebrate them, and where did these rituals come from? It turns out that birthday celebrations arose in Greek and Roman …

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Angelica

In Canada, Cuisine, Food by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I took a break from writing over the holiday, but not from eating. The holiday season inspires a certain air of abandon when it comes to food; after all, many Christmas dishes appear only once a year. One of my guilty Christmas pleasures is fruitcake, the much derided but surprisingly venerable holiday treat. And proper fruitcake is one of the …