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Re: Unusual Reunion Foods
In Response To: Unusual Reunion Foods ()
I am from the south and growing up we had fried mackeral cakes. We never had fresh mackeral, (Couldn't afford it) and it wasn't one of the fish in the waters near us. So, we had mackeral out the the can. It was cheaper to buy the mackeral than to buy the salmon in the can. My mom prepared it with corn meal. It was actually mixed in with the mackeral and flattened into cakes and then fried. The mackeral was fried golden brown and had a "mealy" crust on it. My mom fries her salmon cakes like that today. Being in the somewhat north now, I do not prepare my salmon cakes like that.
When I went home (to the south) a few weeks ago, we had a family dinner. We started discussing how we all had moved on up and was now eating either fresh salmon or now buying salmon in the can and not the mackeral. It was a very interesting conversation of two different generations. Salmon was always served with white sweet rice. That's with milk, butter and sugar.
I don't know if it's a southern tradition to cook fish with cornmeal, but all of our fish always had cornmeal on it.