During the Easter Holiday Codfish cakes are very popular in Bermuda. EXTREMELY popular!! They are enjoyed alone or even sandwiched between a split Hot Cross Bun…smothered in ketchup or cheese and hot sauce.
The Thursday before the Good Friday holiday you could find my mom slaving in the kitchen. Mashing and rolling…mashing and rolling. Dusting and frying…dusting and frying. Ohhhhh, the house smelled soooooo good. You knew it was the Easter Season from that smell. Coupled with the sound of humming from the kites being flown outside by the neighborhood boys whose main objective was to make their kites the loudest in the neighborhood. It was always a goal to have the best hummer of the season.
Good Friday in Bermuda is so festive. It is a holiday that is treated and respected as a holiday. There is no work and no school. Just good family fun. You either stay home and embrace the day or head to the beach for a swim and maybe a kite competition. we used to head over to my Aunts house and spend time with the family while playing marbles, fly kites and eating fish cakes. Codfish Cakes…
Here’s my mom’s recipe:~
Bermuda Codfish Cakes
2 Pounds Codfish(salted and boneless)
3 pounds potatoes. peeled
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/4 cup butter, melted (this is optional)
1 tablespoon curry powder (optional)
flour and oil for frying.
Soak codfish overnight in cold water.
Change the water and boil codfish for 1 hour. Add potatoes and continue to boil until potatoes are soft.
Add the butter, onion, parsley, thyme and curry powder.
Mash mixture with fork or potato masher.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out some of the mixture and roll in flour.
Fry in pan with shallow level of oil until golden brown.