Grannies know best when it comes to food

vickylass By vickylass, 4th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Grannies had to feed their families when industrialized food and agro business didn´t exist yet and they achieved to raise healthy families. Therefore, they knew few things on healthy eating.

Grannies know best when it comes to food

When my granny arrived to live in Barcelona with her husband and her children, she went into a fish stall in the food market for the first time and exclaimed "Dead fish! Yuk!"
The fish was obviously fresh and it rested on its ice bed waiting for shoppers, but the fact that she hadn´t seen it jumping as she had seen it in the docks of her birth place was enough to make her think that was not good for eating.
In her birth place, she´d walked to the docks to buy whatever she wanted straight from the sea -hake, lobster... Whatever she´d decided to buy to cook on the day. The fish glowed in their nets and many of them still jumped as I guess she recalled when she was at the fish stall in Barcelona.
They told me that granny was a fine cook, but when I met her she was way too old and I was too small and hardships and disgrace had soured her temper a lot, but she still was a fine cook when she entered in the kitchen.
While she still had her husband and three kids to feed, she went to the food market to shop for her daily vegetables and the fish was always bought at the docks.
Two of her daughters moaned a bit about what she´d cooked on the day and they always heard her saying "If your father eats and likes this, you two are to eat and to like it too!" and more often than not, the big spoon fell on their heads.
As he plunged his spoon in whatever granny had cooked, the father used to exclaim "Come on, girls! Let´s have a meal in peace!"
Granny was a fine cook, but she also had a temper, particularly when all of them gathered around the diner table. If she had gone to the food market and she had cooked a variety of dishes well, no one was to moan about what they had to eat.
When disgrace fell upon her and her children she still went to the food market to shop for food with what little money she had, and she really managed a very small income.
However, she cooked and she passed her knowledge on food to her daughters, including the two of them who had moaned about her food.
At a time when frozen pizzas hadn´t arrived in the shops, granny baked what it´d be a pizza nowadays, using the best produce and baking it in the oven that was lit with coal and stcks.
During the war, she knew well what to do with a bunch of potatoes. On one day, she´d peel them to boil them, but she wouldn´t throw the skins, because they were going to be used for another meal when she´d wash them well. She´d place them on an oven tray and she´d dress them with a drizzle of olive oil, some garlic and parsley, a pinch of salt and red paprika and she´d roast them in the oven. It was a delicious meal for a time of scarcity and rationing cards.
If in doubt, do always think what your granny did and tried to pass on. She was probably right when it came to food.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. June 4th 2015.

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author avatar Retired
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Both my Grandmothers on my Mum and Dads sides were very good cooks. I miss their cooking.

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author avatar vickylass
4th Jun 2015 (#)

I´m sure you learned something from them as well as from your mum. Follow their wise advice on food.

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author avatar peachpurple
10th Jul 2015 (#)

I have never seen both my grandmas, only tried my mom delicious nyonya food

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author avatar vickylass
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Neither did I. Well, I was seven or eight when my mother's mother died. However, I know well about how she cooked and shop for food. Surely, your mom learned a lot from her mother. Cheers!

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author avatar Bridget O Sullivan
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Brings back happy memories . My Mother was a good cook too . She baked beautiful , tasty dishes and nothing was wasted !Apple tarts were my favourites dotted with cloves !

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