Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fish and Brewis

Photos by Kimberly Hulst

I wish I had a photo of what the original recipe is suppose to look like to compare, but I don't.Grandma Perry used to make this about once a week.

Fish and Brewis

*1 package salt cod
*3 cakes hard bread
*1 onion
*1 package salt pork

You have to soak the salt cod for close to 8 hours, so it's usually done over night. Same with the hard bread. And it's called hard bread because it looks like a hockey puck and is just as dense.

Drain the cod, and boil in fresh water. Roughly 25 minutes.

Boil the hard bread. At this point, the hard bread should be flaked off and have absorbed all the water making it pliable.

Chop up the salt pork into bit size pieces, and fry it. This is the beginning stage of making the pork into scrunchions.

Chop up the onion.

Remove the now fried salt pork from the reduced fat. You Need that fat to fry up the onion.

You need to drain the cod and debone it.
Mix the fried pork and onion together with whatever is left of the fat from the pan.
Mix the cod and the hardbread together and use the scrunchions as a type of gravy.

Here is how I made my vegetarian version:

*1 cake of hardbread
*1/2 package of extra firm tofu
*1/2 package of Veggy Bacon
*1 onion
*2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* salt and pepper to taste

Soak the hardbread for 4 hours
Boil 15 minutes, drain whatever water is left

Chop up tofu into smaller pieces and fry in a non stick pan till it starts to get slighlty brown. Then remove and add it to the hardbread.

Cut up veggy bacon and fry in the oil, add your chopped onion. Depending on the brand of veggy bacon, it may not brown up, so fry it for about 5 minutes per side.

Add salt and pepper to the tofu and hardbread, then mix.

Then add your onion and veggy bacon mix like you would a gravy.

Photo of Veggy Version

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