Bobotie is South Africa’s national dish and I never tire of it. I have put some of my own little twists to it, but the basic recipe is the traditional one. We had the deevine Rob and another new friend Guel for dinner a couple of days (make that months!) ago and they were a little worried about what to expect, but enjoyed it so much they have asked for the recipe. Thank you for the complement! So here it is!
(Today’s recipe: Dandelions)
Now where does the word Dandelion come from, I ask you. This is like Red Mullet actually being a Goat Fish. I love discovering the origin of words and/or just enjoying the strangeness of words. Maybe lion comes from the fluffy white head it gets before it goes forth and reproduces itself a thousand times over in my garden.
(Today: Wild Mustard Recipe)
Not Weed, Weeds you silly people! I’m talking about the stuff that grows uncontrollably in your garden. Okay, so maybe some of you have this problem with weed too, but the rest of us just have problems with good old-fashioned weeds. Sigh. I’m not getting the upper hand here am I?!
No, we haven’t moved to Australia, this is still Portugal. This section of the Algarve is home to many a Red Rock and I just can’t get enough of it! We’re near Quarteira and Falesia Beach, the home of many beautiful golf courses. I’m no golfer, but my mate Catherine says they’re good to play and she’s the local female champion in our small French village so she should know!
(Today’s recipe: Mão de Vaca com Grão, or Cows Hoof with Chickpeas)
I love languages and the fun one can have with them. When we asked our lovely waitress what the daily lunch special was, she said, “it’s Hand of Cow”. At first I thought I’d misheard, but no, we were having either Hand of Cow or something that was like cuttlefish, but not cuttlefish. We’ll have one of each, I bravely said.
Just in case you haven’t guessed, I’m a huge fan of Portugal. The Husband too, of course. We love the countryside, the seaside, the people, the food, the air, just plain everything. So I am going to post a few photos from around here so that you too can fall in love with Portugal.
We ate lunch at our favourite restaurant in Monte Gordo (see post http://www.acookonthefunnyside.com/content/lunch-ronaldo ) and the head waiter asked us if we wanted to try his favourite fish, “Salmoneta”. Speaking no Portuguese myself, I deduced that this must be a small salmon (needless to say, it isn’t) and said “Yes!” ‘cos I love salmon…