Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Recipes from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English: tatie pork-cake

Until we announce the winner of our Recipe Redux Contest we'll be posting some recipes found in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English to inspire you. Here's one, reproduced as found in the online Dictionary of Newfoundland English. (cartoon by Jennifer Barrett)

tatie pork-cake:

variety of cake or bun made with flour, mashed potatoes and pork; freq in children's rhyme when playing ducks and drakes. P 267-58 ~ s. Small baked cakes of potato, pork, flour. C 66-7 In Grand Bank they usually have pea soup for dinner on Saturday, [but] sometimes they substitute titty pork cakes made of potato and pork fried in a pan. 1976 Daily News 24 Feb, p. 3 It was considered a respectable effort if your stone skimmed the surface long enough for you to recite, not too fast: 'A duck and a drake and a tatey pork cake and a dory's stern'. . . The recipe, if I remember correctly, called for potatoes, fat back pork, flour and baking powder.

Rattling Books is running a recipe contest inspired by the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. We call it Recipe Redux, aka Not Much Meat on a Carey Chick, Recipe Contest. Deadline for Entry submissions is October 1.

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