Friday, February 26, 2016

Fish Friday, Chesapeake Cookery

Broiled fish, recipe below
As part of our on going series fish fridays (and Lent) we turn to a 16th century travel account. Arthur Barlowe participated in the 1584 English exploration of the Chesapeake region of Virginia. He and other members of the expedition attended a feast at Chief Wingina’s village on Roanoke Island. Native Americans in the Chesapeake region ate largely a vegetarian diet and used fish as seasoning in one pot meals. However, on special occasions, like the arrival of honored guest, fish would be gorged on. Barlowes guest of honor meal included prepared root vegetables, fruit, grape wine, and a “fish, broiled on the coales [sic], much like white Salmon . . . .” 

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