For this month’s Recipe Redux challenge we were asked to share a recipe using a treasured piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. I was given a nut grinder that belonged to my grandmother after both she and my grandfather passed away. They used the nut grinder to grind pecans that they used for my favorite cookie recipe. I shared their recipe for Crescent Cookies in December. I have always admired things that are “old” and have a history behind them. My grandfather wanted to make sure I was given this kitchen gadget, so he wrote my name on it and thankfully wrote the story behind it right on the grinder. You can possibly see it in the picture. The grinder was given to my grandmother, Hanni, as a bribe to go the the dentist in 1925. My grandmother was born in 1921, so this made her about 4 years old at the time. What four year old do you know who would be excited about a nut grinder?!
Food Grinder, purchased in 1925 in Germany
My Grandmother Hanni and her doll.
My grandparents were both born in Germany and immigrated to the United States before they were teenagers. My grandmother came to the U.S. with her parents and half brother. My grandfather took the long journey here alone. His parents were no longer married. His mother came to the U.S. earlier to get a job and a place to live. When she had enough money saved to purchase a ticket for him she sent it to my grandfather in Germany. My Great-Grandfather apparently tried to convince him to stay, by promising him a bike, but my grandfather refused and joined his mother. He was about the same age as my son now. I can’t imagine Tyler taking such a long journey on a boat alone to a new country!
My grandmother, her brother Harry, and her parents.
My grandfather Werner before he left Germany.
I decided to use the nut grinder to make a coating for my families favorite fish, salmon. Macadamia nuts shredded and combined with panko bread crumbs provide a wonderful crunchy coating.
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup ground macadamia nuts
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 glove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon minced ginger
- ¾ teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine bread crumbs, macadamia nuts, salt, and pepper.
- Combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sugar.
- Dip salmon into soy sauce mixture, then into egg, and finally into bread crumb mixture coating well.
- Place in a baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes.
My grandparents with Tyler 2003.