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Community Café event brings back fond memories for Stephenville resident

What better traditional dessert can you find than blueberry cobbler to top off a meal of fish? Violet Gould, a cooking instructional assistant at College of the North Atlantic is seen plating up the delectable dessert during a Community Café featuring a Great Fish for a Change theme at Stephenville Lions Club.
What better traditional dessert can you find than blueberry cobbler to top off a meal of fish? Violet Gould, a cooking instructional assistant at College of the North Atlantic is seen plating up the delectable dessert during a Community Café featuring a Great Fish for a Change theme at Stephenville Lions Club.

Jean Formanger was reared up on fish, so when the opportunity rose to attend a fish dinner Thursday she was more than happy to attend.

Growing up in Black Duck Brook with her dad Francis Formanger being a fisherman who caught mostly every species of fish, this type of meal was always available.

While she didn’t know much about the benefits of Omega 3 in fish, she did know it was good for you.

“Fish is good for the whole body and the brains too,” Formanger said at the Community Café event at the Stephenville Lions Club that had a “Great Fish for a Change” theme.

“I love anything that comes out of the water.”

She thinks fish is better than any kind of meat and, while there was plenty of it growing up, it’s a little out of her price range today so she doesn’t have it often. She likes it fresh and doesn’t fussy it coming out of a can.

“I likes to do it up with another one,” she joked, when asked which is her favourite way of preparing cod.

Speaking more seriously, she said she can eat it any way — stewed, deep-fried, pan-fried.

Her favourite fish memory was sitting down to the table and having a feed of turbot as a teenager.

The Great Fish for a Day event celebrated and promoted local fisheries in the Port au Port and Bay St. George area. A representative from Memorial University’s “Too Big to Ignore” project, which is sparking discussion about the value of fish for food security in the province, was on hand to collect stories and recipes.

Also on hand were Michelle and Andre Jesso of the long liner “Wave on Wave” from the Discovery Channel’s “Coldwater Cowboys.”

“We take great pride in the fish we catch and we want it to be as fresh as possible when it gets to its final destination,” Andre said, adding they can get the best price possible when they sell their fish to buyers.

The Great Fish for a Change event was sponsored by the Stephenville Lions, Community Education Network, College of the North Atlantic and Southwestern Newfoundland Housing Stability Initiative.

Twitter: WS_FrankGale

Growing up in Black Duck Brook with her dad Francis Formanger being a fisherman who caught mostly every species of fish, this type of meal was always available.

While she didn’t know much about the benefits of Omega 3 in fish, she did know it was good for you.

“Fish is good for the whole body and the brains too,” Formanger said at the Community Café event at the Stephenville Lions Club that had a “Great Fish for a Change” theme.

“I love anything that comes out of the water.”

She thinks fish is better than any kind of meat and, while there was plenty of it growing up, it’s a little out of her price range today so she doesn’t have it often. She likes it fresh and doesn’t fussy it coming out of a can.

“I likes to do it up with another one,” she joked, when asked which is her favourite way of preparing cod.

Speaking more seriously, she said she can eat it any way — stewed, deep-fried, pan-fried.

Her favourite fish memory was sitting down to the table and having a feed of turbot as a teenager.

The Great Fish for a Day event celebrated and promoted local fisheries in the Port au Port and Bay St. George area. A representative from Memorial University’s “Too Big to Ignore” project, which is sparking discussion about the value of fish for food security in the province, was on hand to collect stories and recipes.

Also on hand were Michelle and Andre Jesso of the long liner “Wave on Wave” from the Discovery Channel’s “Coldwater Cowboys.”

“We take great pride in the fish we catch and we want it to be as fresh as possible when it gets to its final destination,” Andre said, adding they can get the best price possible when they sell their fish to buyers.

The Great Fish for a Change event was sponsored by the Stephenville Lions, Community Education Network, College of the North Atlantic and Southwestern Newfoundland Housing Stability Initiative.

Twitter: WS_FrankGale

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