Easter has always been a favourite among the Skerwink crowd. Our Australian childhood was filled with chocolate, bunnies, bilbies, easter egg hunts, chocolate, hot cross buns, chocolate, and just so much family fun-time! Did I mention the chocolate?
But seriously, what’s not to love?!
Turns out seals have been a Newfoundland Lenten favourite since the 16th century due to the hunting season beginning in early spring, when the seals can be found near the edges of ice floes.
Due to some clever categorizing by the Catholic Church, the meat was considered Lent-friendly in the early 16th century. The tradition has stuck ever since, acting as a valuable source of fat protein and vitamin A for fasting fishermen.
Although moving to Newfoundland has given me the opportunity to try a large range of strange local delights, including cod tongues, I’m not sure I’m ready to brave flipper pie just yet.
If you’re braver than me you can pick up a pie in a bunch of diners in St John’s and surrounding area.
For this year though, I think I’ll just stick to some local chocolate truffles from Aunt Sarah’s.
Check out more on seal hunting here!