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Michigan dogs

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

So much of food culture is fluffed and polished to present a nation or region in its best light. Fast food, on the other hand, reveals our animal hind-brain’s darkest secrets. We eat fast food when we are drunk, when we are tired, when we are rushed. Fast food, in all its fatty, salty goodness, reveals us as we are, …

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Pouding chômeur

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman1 Comment

I was recently in Quebec city to explore the changing face of Quebec’s cuisine, and though I ate some wonderful fancy dishes there, I was reminded again how wonderful the snack food is in Quebec. Who can say no to treats such as poutine and steamies? I also managed to sample several of my favourite desserts, including the lovely pouding …

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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 …

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The automat

In Food, Travel by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Travel is a great way to explore other ways of doing things, but sometimes it can also be a way to experience our own past as well. I am in the Netherlands right now, and one of the highlights so far was a visit to a FEBO automat. The automat, a form of dining in which food was purchased with …

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Salmon in the city

In Environment, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Still Creek meanders through Burnaby and the eastern edge of Vancouver, and isn’t exactly going to inspire any romantic poets anytime soon. It is a scrappy creek, disappearing in and out of culverts, channelized, buried, and surrounded by blackberry vines. However, as only one of a very few waterways remaining in the city, groups have been pouring labour into the …

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The Canadian Food Experience Project: Blackberry crisp

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October’s Canadian Food Experience Project challenged us to write about preserves; Canada’s foodways are of course deeply seasonal, and preservation of all types has played a major part in our culinary identity. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in drying, smoking and canning, and my family certainly does all of these things; however for at least half a …

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Fruit wines, and the changing face of farming

In Agriculture, Drink by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I’m happy to announce and publicize the launch of Modern Agriculture Magazine, a new initiative out of our own Fraser Valley that features, among other things, an article on fruit wines written by me. But what is really interesting about this new magazine, my take on fruit wines aside, is that it presents the changing face of farming; many of …