Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Salt Cod and Pork Scraps...m-m-m


Newfoundland/Labrador is a province of Canada and part of the Atlantic Provinces which includes us here in Nova Scotia.


Fishing is a major industry in Newfoundland/Labrador.


Cod was one of the major fish species in this area before their stocks were depleted by over-fishing.


But before the moratorium on cod fishing, one of the 'ways' to prepare/preserve cod


was to dry it outside in the sun during the summers. 


Summers are short in this region of Canada, so there was no time to waste.


The cod catch was gutted/cleaned and laid out in every available spot.


The whole family was involved in this process.


This is my roundabout way to introduce you to my new/old folk art piece I got on the weekend.


What do you think?

~The title refers to a recipe comprised of salt cod and fried pork fat. It is a very popular 'dish' in this part of Canada. And now that the moratorium on cod has been partially lifted, just maybe this dish will have the comeback it so deserves.~




Oh yes, check out the 'GIVEAWAY' I am having at the top left just below the 'header'!

21 comments:

  1. We have a traditional dish of salted Ling over here (Ling is a a member of the Cod family - like a cross between a Cod and a Conger Eel). It loos disgusting but apparently tastes really good. I've never tried it.

    Interesting picture.

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    1. I've had Ling cod on the west coast where there are a few different varieties. Here, I believe it's just the Atlantic cod trying to 'make it's way back'. You are right....it looks bad but tastes SO good!

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  2. Ah...bacala! (I hope I spelled that right!) That's what the Italians call 'salt cod.' It's one of the traditional dishes served at our traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Yum!

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    1. So it isn't just a 'Maritime' thing!? So you know how good it is! Especially with a cream cheese sauce.....ouchy!! lol

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  3. Where's your "Like" button?
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    1. Mark? Is that really you?! I don't tell where MY like buttons are! lol Glad you approvewd!

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    2. Oh my, you're getting as bad as me!
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  4. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in NY, they eat lots of salted cod, yum! btw the art depicted in this post is really quite amazing!

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    1. Who would have thunk that salt cod was so popular! But we know why, don't we!

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  5. I love the details in your folk art painting!

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    1. Thanks Pat. When I saw it I thought hmmmm, this is OK. So I bought it!

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  6. I thought it was hung on a line, like laundry. And in Sweden one of our traditional Christmas dishes is dried cod soaked in lye and cooked (I think boiled, I don't know). I hope the cod can be saved.

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    1. It was probably hung everywhere and anywhere to get it dried! It is boiled to soften it up and sometimes I have made fishcakes (mixed with mashed potatoes) out of it. So good.

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  7. I forgot -- I love the folk art piece. What is it?

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    1. It is a scene in Newfoundland of woman laying out the cod to dry. It is done in oils.

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  8. I love the painting!

    Your opening line about Labrador/Newfoundland/Nova Scotia reminds me of an old, dear, and flakey friend of mine named Brian. One Halloween in Provincetown (a long, long time ago), he introduced me to a drag queen who was dressed as Miss Canada. I asked where "she" was from and she said "Newfoundland." Brian looked at her and said, "You lying queen. You told me you really were from Canada and I believed you."

    And, again, I love the painting!

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    1. Me too Mitch...as soon as I saw it, I was drawn to it.

      LOL! Newfoundland is a 'country' unto itself. So unique in it's dialect and customs. We were there a few years ago and couldn't get enough of it. It only joined the rest of Canada in 1948 I believe....

      I can't imagine P'town at Halloween......guess more people dress up than usual?

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  9. I like that folk art painting. Any idea of it's age?

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    1. I think it must be around 30 years old.....as the cod moratorium has been in effect for 25 years and these ladies. Or it could be more recent and someone just remembering the 'old days'. ?? I have to see if I can find out who Josie is.

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  10. Perspective is all off and I'd hate to live in the leaning house on the left.
    But seriously, the painting does wonders for capturing the essence of a time forgotten. A wonderful find.

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  11. LOL! And the houses are so tiny!!

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