I’m sure that many of you have heard of falshe fish, a “mock” fish that is made from ground chicken, or have possibly even made it. This recipe is extremely dear to me. It was taught to me, and my whole family, by my paternal grandmother, Bubby Chava, whom I was very close to. (It is actually her yahrtzeit today, Rosh Chodesh Adar, the day that I’m writing this article.) Her family never ate fish on Passover for fear of chametz being fed to the fish. Many still have this minhag.
Bubby began to eat fish when she moved to America after the war and remarried, so even though my family does now eat fish on Passover, this still remained a traditional Passover dish—one that we all love and make every single Passover. It’s extra special since it has been passed down through the generations.