I write for the Jewish Daily Forward sometimes, and last week I was working on a piece for them about making gefilte fish for the first time. (Gefilte fish, if you have never had the
These are serious, very well-made pieces of equipment that work just as well today as they did when my grandmother acquired them over 80 years ago in western Canada, where she moved from Odessa in what is now Ukraine.
And the grinders?
Landers, Frary, and Clark) made a whole lot of them, and they just never stop working.
Today New Britain has a large Polish population, and is sometimes called New Britski. My friend Steve went there and encountered some residents who really don't like the Jews. Well, sorry/not sorry, racists of New Britain: I used some of the hardware that built your fine city's reputation to make gefilte fish.
On a meta-blogging note, this might be the first time I've categorized a post with the name of a town that I haven't been to. But I do intend to get to New Britain, and the other Hartford-area towns I've neglected so far, soon. And for anyone there thinking of messing with me, heed this warning: I have meat grinders, and they're heavy, and they can be swung around by the handle. Hard Hittin' New Britain, indeed.