Column: Recipes from Wartime

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Recipes from Wartime

Snippet: Food. We all need it; some of us crave it. Every culture has their favourite dishes, and our ancestors brought theirs from their homeland. The recipes changed to adapt to the new land, but some of the basic foods remained the same.

Although drastic changes have occurred in the past forty years for what goes on the table, Atlantic Canadians have been long-known for their home-cooked traditional meals. Growing up with a mother born and bred in Newfoundland, our family enjoyed fish prepared in many ways, preserves and boilt dinners. Dishes such as pap, scallop potatoes, cod cheeks and Solomon gundy appeared regularly but are seldom spoken about now outside my family.

My favourite dish was what mom called corned beef and hash. In recent years, I’ve learned others called this jig’s dinner. It’s difficult to find a good piece of corned beef these days, but I promised mom I’d find the best I could and this summer we’d prepare the meal while at the cottage.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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