Friday, February 4, 2011

Bermuda Codfish and Potato Breakfast for Granny Irene.

I write this post in remembrance of my Granny Irene. We had a family tradition that we would visit 3 other family members home on Sunday Mornings in rotation and eat a Traditional Bermuda Codfish and Potato Breakfast. My mom and dads house was part of that rotation so there were 4 in total. My Granny Irene didn’t take part in this… but her brothers and sisters did. We represented my Granny Irene.

This week I lost my Granny Irene. She was a beautiful age of 89. She was a vibrant, sassy, classy, smart and gorgeous woman. She loved all her Grandkids and Great Grandkids and always showed it. She was a very popular woman. She died of kidney failure and she took a part of me with her. I never got to say goodbye… I never got to give her a hug and I never got to tell her I love her.

However, I feel like she is close to me. I feel like she is in this room with me… watching me and my kids. My 4 year old daughter started singing a song two days ago…a song I had never heard her sing before. A song that felt like my grandmother was singing through her. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine….”… it touched me so much. No doubt my Granny Irene is here.

In her remembrance I am going to post the Codfish and Potato Breakfast we often shared with her family.

Salted Cod can be purchased from any Farmers’ Market. Make sure you pick the Salted Boneless Cod..

In a large pot.. soak your pound of fish overnight changing the water at least once.. perhaps before you turn in for the night.

Then change the water and bring to a boil. Continue boil for about 20 to 30 minutes. Peel about 4 medium potatoes and place them in the same pot. Also boil 4 eggs. My mom used to put them in the same pot. I do that sometimes or do it separately, it doesn’t matter.

While the codfish and potato are on a slow boil, put about 1 tbsp olive oil or butter.. your choice…in a sauce pan. Sauté 1 medium onion. Add a 15oz can of stewed tomatoes. Add some ketchup and salt and pepper all to taste.

Since hubby is pescatarian I fry up some bacon in another pan. Bacon is soooo good with the sauce and the Codfish Breakfast! Normally you can fry the bacon first then add the onion and the stewed tomatoes. But I do them separately so that I can add it to the plates of the meat eaters in the house.

Simmer your sauce.

On a plate arrange a banana.. place a hard boiled egg, peeled and then scoop out some fish from your pot… make sure you use a slotted spoon to drain the excess water. Then add some potato.

Some people make turned cornmeal.. I am no a fan but maybe one day I will make some and blog it. Someday…

Some add avocado. I don’t because I am not a huge fan of avocado.

I simply have toast and a banana.


But the above picture doesn’t represent the way a “normal” person eats Bermuda Codfish and Potato.

A “normal” person takes there fork and creates magic. We smoosh and we smash the fish, potato, banana and egg with the sauce and make it a mountain of bliss.


Yeah.. Codfish.

My dad doesn’t eat it with the tomato sauce. He likes it with mayonnaise and butter.

Some just make an onion sauce.. which is quite good too.

But above is how I make it… just like that with the addition of bacon sometimes.

No matter how you eat it.. it’s good.

This is now my once a month tradition. A tradition I decided to implement because I came from a family of traditions. This tradition is in remembrance of my Granny Irene. One Phenomenal Woman.

“Granny Irene, you are a lady that I look up to and respect and love. A lady that my children, your great-grandchildren, will always hear stories about. A lady whose sense of style, parenting, dedication and strength will not be forgotten. You remain in my thoughts, my memories and most important my heart. I will miss you always.”


  1. Karin, sorry to hear about your grandmother. Hugs to you and your family. With that said this recipe sounds really good and I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is my first really reading through everything. Omar should be a fat guy by now. I need a dinner invite. An open dinner invite over to big mama's house.

  3. Karin,

    What a lovely tribute to Granny Irene!

    I am Bermudian born and raised and moved to the US back in 2003. I love in the panhandle of Florida now with my husband Mark. I sought out the recipe so I can capture a piece of the rock one Sunday morning soon. - Perhaps Easter Sunday this year!

    Thank you,
    Gina Konz (nee Hamilton)

  4. OMG!! I wanted this so bad when I was in Jamaica and they didn't know what the heck I was talking about! I tried to explain it to them because they prepared your food how ever you wanted it, but they couldn't get it! I will share this with my brothers and sisters. Were from Bermuda, but grew up in NY. I'm sorry to hear about your Granny...just remember her smile and how sweet she was!

    Thanks for sharing this!!

    Wendy Williams (Woods Girl, from Devonshire)