In this video, my mother, Nechama Rotstein (nee Godinger), who was born in Israel, teaches Netta (one of my three older sisters) and I how to make her famous Chulent, a Jewish bean stew that we grew up eating on Saturday for lunch after it cooked for 24 hours in the oven on a low heat. As we grew up and left home, Chulent is still my mother's way of ensuring we come back to visit or sleep over on Friday nights. There was no actual recipe written down, but it was passed on through memory from my grandmother, Safty Hadassah who unfortunately I never got to meet since she passed away before I was born. The "recipe" was adapted over the years, to include a smorgasbord of ingredients that, when they all come together, make a delicious, filling stew especially comforting during our long Canadian winters.
– Myrite Rotstein
Food brings us together; one shared plate can produce countless moments and memories. The Roots & Recipes project aims to collect recipes and kitchen stories from first and second generation immigrants in Montreal in an inter-generational video series, Dishing Up the Past, and through live events.
For full recipes and more visit rootsandrecipes.com
This project was made possible by Gen J.