Pickled fish is as Easter as chocolate bunnies. A traditional fisherwoman, Emily Newman, shares her prized recipe.
Traditional fisherwoman Emily Newman, or Aunty Miemie as she is affectionately known, is famed for her delectable rendition of pickled fish, which she prepares with seasonally available linefish. Fish was traditionally pickled as a means of preservation in years gone by, and this tradition continues to hold great cultural significance for fisherfolk and non-fisherfolk alike, particularly at Easter. A fourth-generation traditional fisherwoman, Aunty Miemie was born and raised in the Melkhoutfontein fishing community on the Cape south coast. Miemie speaks fondly of her connection to the sea and recollects a childhood spent fishing and harvesting resources from the shore. She moved to Struisbaai and married a traditional linefish skipper, Marthinus Newman, whose family of fisherfolk were forcibly displaced from Skipskop under apartheid. Miemie and her husband continue to nurture their proud fishing heritage, using Abalobi Marketplace to supply responsible, fair “Fish With A Story” directly to consumers. Emily Newman is head of the Abalobi quality control team in Struisbaai in the Cape.