International Dinner Project: Portugal/The Azores (Sam’s choice)

Portugal - The Azores Dinner

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Earlier this week we handed Sam the globe, trying to be tricky he tried choosing the pacific ocean… and some obscure uninhabited islands until he came across some atlantic islands “What are the Azores Dad?”

“Well Sam, that’s where our family name comes from 6 generations ago…” so… Portugal this week… should be fun…

6 generations ago my Great Great Grandfather (I think that’s the right amount of greats) came to New Zealand as a Master Mariner on a boat and stayed. So here’s a few meals from the homeland that I could definitely get used to!

Pevides Torrados—————————————
Nibbles:
Pevides Torrados / Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
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Roasted Pumpkin seeds with a paprika, chilli, salt and other spices coating.
We made 2 cups of pumpkin seeds worth – and I think there’s only half a cup left – very moreish!

Pevides Torrados Recipe

Spiced Azorean Beef Stew—————————————
Mains:
Bolos de Caco (Cake of Shards) A panfried bread
Molha (MOLE-YA) Azorean spiced beef stew
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The bread didn’t turn out quite like I expected, but I have more dough so I’ll have another go at it in the morning I think I know how to improve the result. Having said that, Ryan had extras, so did Mum.

The Molha was very nice, and again I think we’ll be cooking this again, with a few alterations to improve it – but the spiced flavour was very good, and I could have had more if there was any left…

Sam polished his off, good to see him enjoying meat with a sauce he normally likes it plain, Ryan tried his – but filled up on bread.

Queijadas de nata—————————————
Dessert:
Queijadas de nata (Cream Tarts)
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Yup, no arguments from anyone tonight – these were popular. I made 24 large and 12 small… I think there 3 large and 6 small left. And Sam and Ryan would have finished all those if I’d let them. But I promised they could have one after breakfast tomorrow,

Sweet pastry with a egg yolk and cream, sweet custard like filling. Served room temperature and very tasty.

All in all – that sort of food is in my blood – I don’t think I had to tell Sam to keep eating once – he finished it all without the normal prompting – so it must agree with him too. Thanks too to Mum and Dad for sharing the meal with us as well, and for the good-old Portuguese Mateus Rosé – that brings back memories.

My lovely wife  bought more pumpkin seeds than we needed – so I know what I’ll be making with the extras!

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2 thoughts on “International Dinner Project: Portugal/The Azores (Sam’s choice)

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m
    not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted
    to say fantastic blog!

    • Ahh… a pity I missed out on your really long comment – thanks for dropping by! I’m actually a bit behind I have 4 more dinners to post when I get a chance, and the food for all of them has been fabulous! Things we’ll definitely cook again…

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