The Cooks: Sophia/Sheva (GUREVICH) AISIN
By Eliana Aizim
Related to: General Ukraine
The Aisin family around Sophia GUREVICH AISIN in Bahia, Brazil.
The picture was taken in the year 1918, in the city of Salvador,
the state of Bahia, Brazil. My grandmother Sophia/ Sheva (née
GUREVICH) AISIN is sitting in the centre, with her eight children
around her. Sitting at her right are her grandchild and her son-in-law.
- Eliana Aizim
My grandmother with her family, in the time she made
this soup called Borsch. Her husband passed away soon after her arrival
in Brazil, and life was very difficult then. She prepared only one food
for the day, in a very large pan, and that was usually Borsch. There
were some ingredients that she used in Ukraine but they couldn't be found
in Brazil, so she adjusted the recipe. Among others, in Bahia she cooked
with a kind of oil called "azeite-de-dende" and the pepper called "pimenta-malagueta",
which are native in this region.
My father Aron is the youngest of the
eight children, he's the little boy in the left. When he married
my mother, Raie VATNICK, she learned how to cook with his mother and
his sisters, and Borsch was one of the things she learned. Besides the
delicious taste of the soup, the well-cooked meat and bones are extremely
soft, and the meat breaks up by itself.