Welcome to Part Three of Side Dishes, The Food Podcast mini series exploring the Flavours of Home.
Jasmine Oore is a filmmaker, she is a writer, she’s a visionary, she’s a friend. She’s also an Israeli/Polish/ Canadian pickle soup maker.
In this episode, Jasmine explores the flavours of her home, a home filled with mustard seeds and dill, crunchy pickles, nasturtiums and arugula. It’s a place where eastern European heartiness merges with sunshine and spice, where grief and salty tears are swirled with sweetness and music. It’s where hunger has lived, alongside illness, dinner parties and laughter.
Jasmine’s home moves from Halifax to Baltimore to Montréal and back again. Halifax is the constant. It’s where her family settled, it’s where she has her garden, it’s where she kept her pickles, it’s where she met her husband Matt.
Salty, garlicky, fermented and sour are her common flavours in every home. They’re flavours that are new to me – a carbonated crunch, full of history and strife. But in a soup, these pickles mellow into something gentler, something we all can share.
“Lindsay, this got complicated,” writes Jasmine at the end of her letter, “but you know, that too is one of my flavours of home.”
Mentioned in this episode:
Jasmine Oore Films –
Elvis’ Always on My Mind
Julie Andrew’s performing a Jewish Wedding Song
Jasmine’s brothers – Dani and Sageev Oore, were both members of the band Gypsophilia. Perhaps Grant the accordion player was touring with Dani and Sageev during the pickle soup luncheon Jasmine writes about. To be confirmed…
Jasmine’s mother, Irene Oore’s memoir – The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust
Slap Five, Up High, Through the Pickle, Tickle Tickle with Poet Dole
And Jasmine’s Polish Grandmother’s Pickle Soup recipe…