Friday, April 17, 2015

Tell My Wife To Fear God and Cat Fish

Fishing on the Saint Johns River, Florida circa 1910, (Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)
In a work camp in Polk County, Florida, Zora Neale Hurston recorded a fishing story from a man named Joe Wiley which illustrates the centrality of fish in Floridian foodways:

Ah knows a man dat useter go fishin' every Sunday. His wife begged him not to do it and his pastor strained wid him for years but it didn't do no good. He just would go ketch him a fish every Sabbath. One Sunday he went and just as soon as he got to de water he seen a great big ole cat-fish up under some water lilies pickin' his teeth with his fins. So de man baited his pole and dropped de hook right down in front of de big fish. Dat cat grabbed de hook and took out for deep water. De man held on and pretty soon dat fish pulled him in. He couldn't git out. Some folks on de way to church seen him and run down to de water but he was in too deep. So he went down de first time and when he come up he hollered -- "Tell my wife." By dat time de fish pulled him under again. When he come up he hollered, "Tell my wife --" and went down again. When he come up de third time he said: "Tell my wife to fear God and cat-fish," and went down for de last time and he never come up no mo'.”

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rivers Through the Lens of Food, The Harlem and Hudson Rivers

(High Bridge & Washington Bridge, Harlem River, N.Y.C., 1890 (Courtesy of the library of congress)
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Fried Porgies Recipe

Ingredients
2 pounds porgies
Salt and Pepper
¼ pound sliced bacon
Lemon slices

Instructions
Clean and wash porgies, season with salt and pepper, roll them in flour and fry in bacon fat. Before frying fish, fry sliced bacon until it is crisp and golden brown. Remove bacon and rain on brown paper until it is needed. When the fish have been browned on both sides and thoroughly done, arrange on a serving platter, garnish with the crisp bacon and four slices of lemon.
Elizabeth D. K. Dooley, Puerto Rican Cook Book (1948)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Native American Culinary Culture

Seminole Woman Preparing Corn ,Glades County, Florida, 1950 (Courtesy of States Archives of Florida, Florida Memory) 
Eli was an Iroquois sage I met when I became a member of the Syracuse University (SU) Lacrosse team in 1984. He represented Coach Roy Simmons Jr's way of staying spiritually connected with the game started by native people. Coach grew up around the Onondaga Reservation, playing in lacrosse games there as a youth, and being teammates at SU with many of the best players from the the res. Coach played on the 1957 undefeated SU team that included All-Americans and Hall of Famers Jim Brown (Manhasset) and Oren Lyons (Lafayette), traditional Chief of the Onondaga Nation, Iroquois Confederacy. When I think of Native American culinary culture I think of corn which they cooked in various ways. Each cooking method changed the flavor, texture, and nutritional value of the corn. 


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Going Nuts Series, Maya Angelou

Peanut brittle, recipes below
Poet Maya Angelou was born in 1928 in St. Louis be she spent the majority of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas where she lived in the rear of the Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store with her grandmother and uncle. Her grandmother saved the capital necessary to start the store selling food to laborers in the town’s saw mill and cotton gin located at opposite ends of town. “Her crisp meat pies and cool lemonade, when joined to her miraculous ability to be in two places at the same time assured her business success,” says Angelou. “From being a mobile lunch counter, she set up a stand between the two points of fiscal interest and supplied the workers’ needs for a few years” until she had the capital to build a store in the center of Stamp’s black section of town. The store provided black residents an escape from the often hostile public spaces and a place to relax and share folktales, play the dozens, and enjoying simple foods and snacks like peanut brittle. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

The Fish Fry in Zora Neale Hurston's 1933 Play Cold Keener

Frying fish at Braden Ball's annual open-ranch party, Pensacola, Florida (Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory) 
Launching a series this week on fish, fishing, fish related community events using the field work and collected stories of anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Today installment comes from her 1933 play Cold Keener. Like most of writings it’s based on the folklore she collected throughout Florida and other southern states. The character CROW says “Well, brothers and sisters, since we'se all here at one time, you know Sister Speckled Hen is having a grand barbecue and fish fry down on Front Street and beale--why not let's have one grand consolidated, amalgamated fraternal parade down to her place and enjoy the consequences?” 

Florida Fried Fish Recipe

Dip the whole fish of choice in seasoned to taste cornmeal and deep fry in hot fat or oil.  Serve with hush-puppies, fried in the same oil or fat as the fish.  
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Cross Creek Cookery.  (1942) 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fishing and Gardening in the Antebellum South

Bringing home the catch of the day in Apalachicola, Florida (Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Garden Interview With Artist Dr. David Driskell Part 2

Above, 1865 drawing of Union soldiers sharing a meal (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)  Below, The Pokeweed Plant (Phytolacca americana), poke salad recipe below

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Food Historian Ken Albala on the Urban Farmer Part 2


(Courtesy of Wellesley College Exhibition, Feast Your Eyes)
Food Historian Ken Albala's on Urban farming during the Renaissance period. Albala is the editor of a number of food history series and journals and he has written numerous food histories. 


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Books By Ken Alabala: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/454957.Ken_Albala