Monday, July 28, 2008

A recipe for Hodge Podge

Here's a classic maritime recipe - nothing fancy but oh, so tasty! Around this time of year the Bay of Fundy harvest is wildly abundant. It's tradition to drop a pile of fresh veggies into a stew pot and cook 'em. This is aptly named, hodge podge and, surprisingly, there is actually a recipe for it:

Hodge Podge

  • 1 c fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped
  • 1 c fresh yellow beans, trimmed and snapped
  • 1 c diced carrot
  • 1 c diced turnip
  • 2 c cubed new potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 c heavy cream or milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Place the green beans, wax beans, carrots and turnip into a saucepan and add enough water to cover the vegetables. Lightly salt the water, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 1/2 hour, then add the potatoes and cook for another 1/2 hour. Stir in butter and if desired, cream.
  2. Mix together the flour and 1/2 cup water, and pour into the soup. Cook for a few more minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and serve hot.
Photo credit: Jonathan Riley


Anonymous said...

Egad!....Hodge Podge, my father used to make this, his was a more simple recipe, milk, butter, fresh from the garden peas and green beans, some salt and pepper.
This is why I love your blog! You bring back so many memories!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the simple directions for recipe. Althought not originally from NS, I remember my neighbours cooking Hodge Podge during our posting in NS. When I first heard the directions, I realized that foods don't really change, just the location of the settling immigrants (German in this instance). If you take the basic Hodge Podge recipe and add a lovely ham broth and some German Thyme, you have Summer Borscht the way my Mennonite mother would have made it (originally I'm from Manitoba and her parents were among the settlers of the Mennonite West Reserve in 1876). So, wishing to attempt to recreate the recipe for my daughters and having no Mennonite recipe books available, your posting has been a blessing. Thank you, again. CathyinPEI

Evan Gorman said...

im sure this photo is from my old website "Riley's Righteous Recipes" and since the contact info there is outdated, it would have been impossible to get a hold of me.

im glad you like it enough to use it on your blog. i hope you like it enough to credit me too.

the photo credit should read
Photo by Jonathan Riley

Terri said...

ah great.. thanks for your note. As you can see from my other posts, I'm always very keen to connect photos to their source!