“We were taught to cook fairly young,” Marina reminisces, “everybody in the house could cook fairly good. We had to take turns making special cakes for the weekend. [Our] vegetables came from the garden; fish would have come from Port-Aux-Choix, from the local fisherman.”
In this video, Marina shares her grandmother’s French recipe for fish stew. She also shares a pretty amazing story of how her grandfather came to Newfoundland from France at the age of 14 or 15, and was taken in by the community, where he met Marina’s grandmother.
The sentiment in this video harkens back to the fading tradition of having, and passing along family recipes. “It was always made the same way my Mom used to make it and taught us to make it," Marina says. "It was a recipe we grew up loving.”
Food First NL’s 8-part SCOFF video series celebrates, preserves, and shares a wealth of traditional food skills from seniors in Newfoundland & Labrador.