HOLY CODFISH AND AFFIES HOCKS

Well doesn’t this beggar belief? On this date, in 1626 A large Codfish, split open at a Cambridge market, is found to contain a copy of a book of religious treatises by John Frith. The witch hunt brigade must have been delirious!
Also on today’s calendar; in 1868 Christopher Nathan Sholes of Wisconsin patented a mechanical writing machine, called a type-writer. It was as large as a desk, made of black walnut and had black and white keys. He signed a deal with the Remington Arms company for its manufacture in 1873. It was Remington who turned it into a more practical machine. Chefs could now type their recipes so others could read them (only Doctors have more illegible handwriting than Chefs). Appropriately enough, I started at my list of things-to-do yesterday and puzzled for ages over one item: affies. It finally dawned; Sally had reminded me of Meeta’s Monthly Mingle challenge and I’d jotted down a note to cook with apples!


Winter fruit is abundant here, so I had ample affies at hand. I also had some smoked hocks and decided to roast them, along with the apples and then to use the apples to make a spicy relish, adding chopped chillies.

Perfect to take along on our weekend trip to the Drakensberg for crusty fireside sandwiches and soup.

All food history is sourced from foodreference.com

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80 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    I wish I could be there sometime to partake of one of your wonderful looking (and sounding) meals. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wish so too, Caro!

  2. slpmartin says:

    Had to laugh as I read this…since at university I developed a note taking code to help me keep up with the anatomy lectures…alas..I couldn’t read my own hand writing. 🙂 Fortunately the professor gave out wonderful handouts.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m beginning to think I should get a dictaphone, Charlie 😉

  3. nrhatch says:

    Bwahahaha . . . Holy Codfish! 😀
    Talk about swallowing religious dogma “hook, line, and sinker.”

    Enjoy your weekend get-away . . . fireside, no less.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Absolutely Nancy, the place has a lovely fireplace. (We’re only leaving tomorrow, I have to cater for a board meeting today.)

  4. I thought you were going to post a recipe for cooking pupils from Affies, lol!

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Sounds like you’re going to have a lovely getaway, Cin! Enjoy… 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I really need it, adee 🙂

  6. Sally says:

    Those hocks look sooooo good. Apple and pork is a match made in heaven. Have a good trip.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sally 🙂

  7. Corina says:

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    PS – that jaffel pan: try your local Agri-Mark or co-op.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the tip, Corina 🙂

  8. I’m green over the winter weekend in the berg. we did them for 2 years and so enjoyed them (but then we went to the nest, so they provided hot and cold running food)

    1. theonlycin says:

      My friend is the MD at The Nest, but I’ve never been there. I am not mad about Little Switzerland, but there are oodles of activity for Bunn and her friend, and Old Spouse and Che can hike to their heart’s content.

  9. earlybird says:

    Have a good weekend. Those hocks look delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And smell heavenly, have a great day 🙂

  10. Tandy says:

    oh, Cin, this is BRILLIANT!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tandy 😀

  11. Leeswammes says:

    For a moment I thought Affies was a South-African word – it could have been! My handwriting is bad too. Well, we’re not calligraphers, are we?

    My sons had two days at school dedicated to South-Africa so they learned some Afrikaans phrases which, if you know Dutch, can sounds pretty funny. Ruben (12) liked most: “Wie nie waag nie wie nie wen nie”. Today, they’re learning Zimbabwean sculpturing. Last week before the holidays, it’s all big fun!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, we have Dutch friends who laugh their heads off at some phrases. Our busses have a warning on the back windows in case of fire “Skop ruit uit” an underground train is called a ‘moltrein’ 🙂

      1. Madmom says:

        Affies is the what an Afrikaans school in Pretoria is affectionately known as.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Quite a strong rugby team they have, am I right, Madmom?

  12. Madmom says:

    The hocks look soooooo delicious. Enjoy your break, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Madmom, I hope we get the snow that is predicted over the weekend 🙂

  13. Sous Chef says:

    Enjoy the berg, we are heading for Umhlanga for the weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t that where Colonialist lives? Maybe you can have a MOB, that would be nice 😀 Enjoy!

  14. Have a well deserved rest Cindy. Your hocks and spicy apple sauce look great.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, when are you arriving in SA? Will you be in Joburg at all?

      1. We arrive next Tuesday evening with a sleep over at my folks place then back to the airport for an early flight to PE and what will be a welcomed drive home to Sundays River to await the arrival of our Mauritius kitties. 😀 I do hope that the introduction to our other cat goes well. Hopefully I will make a trip to Joburg with Pete sometime in the nearish future. I will let you know as I would love to meet you. 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        Absolutely! 😀

  15. Sparky says:

    I also wish for a dictaphone at my present employ. I am in H R and some cases will go as far as ccma/labour court and what I record has to be accurate and relevant/readable to myself too!
    enjoy your holiday Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      Interesting job Sparky 🙂

  16. souldipper says:

    Well, now we know why Christians use a fish symbol to extoll their beliefs. It was a rambunctious Codfish, not mere fishes and loaves! 🙂 Have a great time – may you have the perfect reading material. Do not haul the Remington!

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I have a big backlog of reading to tackle 🙂

  17. Tilly Bud says:

    I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *smiles and waves at Tilly*

  18. What’s a smoked hock?
    Looks delicious….and very jealous that you are going away!!! Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      A hock is the joint in the hind leg of an animal, above the fetlock joint, corresponding anatomically to the ankle in humans.
      I will bring back lots of pics for you, OK?

  19. granny1947 says:

    Damn…that meat looks good!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m tempted to have some of it with a bit of mustard right now …

  20. suzicate says:

    Enjoy! I’m packing up and taking off in a week…can’t wait! I fear those with me will not eat as well as those with you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t care about the others, concentrating on eating well myself ;p

  21. Tes says:

    I wish I could at least smell it 🙂 Beautiful meal 🙂

  22. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    ”crusty fireside sandwiches and soup.”
    You just described a thing or rather two things of great beauty! :0)
    I love soup…
    And I looooooove bread.The crustier, the better.

  23. Just picked one of the first ripe “affies” from one of the three affie trees in our yard. It tasted wonderful, although I had to remove a worm before eating it (glad I checked!). Very crisp, very tart, with a sweet aftertaste. They make great affiesauce, which is what I do with most of the affies from our trees. I just cut them in half. check for worms or other bugs, then toss them in a big pot with a little water, and let them simmer and stew. When they are soft, they go through the food mill, which keeps out the skins, stems and cores. Then if needed, I add some sugar or a sweetener, and then mix in some cinnamon. the sauce usually lasts for us through the Winter. I will sometimes make an affie pie. While I love to eat affie pies, I hate peeling affies! They are even harder to peel than apples!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, do you add raisins to your affies when you make pie? Adds a very nice touch 🙂

      1. Not grape raisins, but I do find that cranberry or cherry raisins do add a very nice kick! They really help liven up the affies!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Never had a cherry raisin!

      3. Just dried sweet (or sour, I suppose) cherries! We made a whole bunch of them last year with our sweet cherry harvest! WONDERFUL!

      4. theonlycin says:

        Yum Paula 🙂

  24. colonialist says:

    An extraordinarily gullible fish, to swallow all that Frith had to say!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Col, Frith did carp on a bit … 😉

  25. Spectra says:

    Was that fish fished out up in Cambridge, Massechusettes? I am in Boston today and we passed Cambridge and Harvard, Boston U. etc… I ate some sushi down at the Market square, and coughed up a tiny paper, that only said ” an affie a day keeps thy devile away” so apparently the fish are still up to it here in Boston Harbor.
    Nice post. Enjoy your weekend. Hoping to see pics of your hotel and stay.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hear there was great excitement in Boston yesterday, with the arrest of a long-sought fugitive?

  26. klrs09 says:

    Your roast and apples looks very tasty. Hope you enjoy your weekend away.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kathy, I’ll bring you some photos 🙂

  27. bluebee says:

    I still like to write in my notebooks by hand, Cin, but too am finding my scribbles increasingly illegible (and being neither a doctor nor a chef, have no excuse other than old age 😉 )

    1. theonlycin says:

      I blame it on not being able to find my specs 😉

  28. we grow a lot of this on our farm. pretty and yummy. yours is prettier though. hm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wish I had a farm, Doc 🙂

  29. johnlmalone says:

    every time I look at your blog, Debra, I work up a ravenous appetite; I’m going to have to do it on a full stomach next time 🙂

  30. johnlmalone says:

    ooops I meant, Cindy [ I just came from Debra’s blog which btw is worth a look in ]

  31. LOL! Thanks for the chuckle, astinishing bit of history, and beautiful photography. Love it, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi 🙂

  32. lily says:

    it like i will become your loyal fan . you bring me a different feeling

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lily 🙂

  33. Jamie Dedes says:

    Great “on this day” stories.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aren’t they astonishing? 🙂

      1. Jamie Dedes says:

        Yes indeed.

        You know I shouldn’t read your blog at 1:50 a.m. here. Makes me hungry and just thinking about your lovely dishes puts inches on my waist!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Hahaha, a little digestive biscuit next to your bed then? 😉

  34. Oh my hat, those look delicious! I love that idea – roasting the apples along with the pork. Gorgeous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Fired Up 🙂

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