Rethinking the World of FOOD

  • August 30, 2019
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By Anne Marie Moro Photo credit: Province of British Columbia and GAP Publishing Group —Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture There’s a lot of buzz around food technology these days. How do we create food systems that meet the needs of our changing world and what role does technology play? How can B.C. harness new technologies and innovations to produce more food, jobs and...

Foraging Wild Mushrooms

  • August 29, 2019
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The Pacific Northwest is well known for many things, one of which is the abundance of its choice edible mushrooms. Walk along any trail here on Vancouver Island, and you are likely to find an infinite number of colourful mushrooms sprouting from the earth! However, if you are inclined to go out foraging for wild mushrooms for the first time, this fall or in early...

Memorial Jewelry: A Beautiful Way to Remember

  • December 1, 2018
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Blog Article by Arbor MemorialIn the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning jewelry was a common way to memorialize a loved one. The fashion was popularized by Queen Victoria, who was so devastated by her husband Prince Albert’s death, that she wore mourning clothes for the remainder of her life. Queen Victoria favoured jet mourning jewelry, which was deep black – a...

5 Astonishing Truths About Gingerbread

  • December 1, 2018
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By Anne Marie Moro[vc_custom_heading text="To be considered gingerbread, the recipe must feature ginger as a dominant flavour and use either honey or molasses to add sweetness." font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23993300"]No confection represents the holidays quite as well as gingerbread, does it? The term gingerbread describes both the hard cookie used to make gingerbread houses and the soft, moist loaf cakes. But, before you...

Celebrating Life, Sharing Food

  • October 1, 2018
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Hello! My name is Michael Williams. I am a classically-trained chef, born and raised in Victoria. I have traveled to many places in the world to learn my craft and now I am happily settled in Victoria. Many people know me as the ‘Country Grocer’ chef. For the past three years, I’ve been the Executive Chef offering catering services to all of the ‘Sands Funeral Home’ locations on Vancouver Island,...

Food Preservation

  • September 1, 2018
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Old-world TechniquesIn North America, the most common methods of preserving a harvest are freezing and canning. However, there are numerous old-world alternatives. Drying is probably one of the simplest ways of preserving foods. Many foods, including apples, tomatoes, grapes, plums, apricots, cherries, bananas and currants, dry well. Stringdried apples are great for snacks and for baking. Peel, core and slice...

END PLASTIC POLLUTION

  • March 30, 2018
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By Anne Marie Moro[vc_custom_heading text="“Take action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond!”" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23365929"]Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day has now become the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. This year, Earth Day is April 22, 2018 and...

BREATHE DEEP

  • March 7, 2018
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By Anne Marie Moro[vc_custom_heading text="“The benefits of getting outdoors is so great that going outdoors every day supports the body, mind and spirit.”" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23365929"]Canadians spend almost 90% of their time living indoors in artificial environments: at work, at home, in a car or at indoor recreational arenas. That means most get constant exposure to indoor air, which as a rule,...

SECRET MESSAGES HIDDEN INSIDE FLOWERS

  • February 9, 2018
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SECRET MESSAGES HIDDEN INSIDE FLOWERS If you’re planning to send flowers to a loved one or want to celebrate a special occasion on Valentine’s Day, the following flower language might help you to create arrangements that have a lot to say! Combine colours to create more complicated messages. Different colours of flowers have different meanings, so choose carefully! ROSES: •...

THE AMAZING PROPERTIES OF CHOCOLATE

  • February 9, 2018
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THE AMAZING PROPERTIES OF CHOCOLATE It’s difficult to know exactly when chocolate was born, but many historians have estimated that chocolate has been round for about 2,000 years. Recent research suggests that it may be even older. Both the Mayans and Aztecs used chocolate in the scared rituals of marriage, birth and death as they believed the Cacao bean had magical and devine properties. It...
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