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The History of Food in Atlantic Canada
My project looks at the history of food through the eyes of the immigrants. Starting with the First Nations, we studied the cuisines of the French, English, Scottish and Danish immigrants.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
That the Scottish called their porridge "they" and "they" had to be stirred clockwise with the right hand until the long stick (called the spurtle) stood upright. Then it was done. Also that the poor Irish ate potatoes and milk.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
It is interesting to learn about the ways things were done in the past. Food is very important to us. Through food we can experience different cultures and make connections with those around us.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Now we can get our food from the store but the first immigrants had to grow their own food. We have many modern devices to cook our food like stoves and food processors. We also have access to a wide variety of food from all around the world.