Carne de Porco a Alentejano, Pork with fried potatoes and pickles

 Carne de Porco a Alentejano
We had this fantastic dish in a restaurant in Chaves and we loved it so much I just had to try it myself. It is now a firm favourite in our household. The recipe apparently originates in the Algarve, with the black pork coming from the Alentejo, hence the name. It is downright deeelicious!

Beetroot Avocado Prawn Starter

 Beetroot Avocado Prawn Starter
I do like food to look good as well as taste good and this one certainly hits the mark for me. Put easy to make into the equation and I am beside myself with joy. And some store cupboard staples too, sigh, I’m just jelly.

Skate Wings for dinner

Skate wings
We tried skate wings at Scott and Helen’s, our lovely Irish friends, several years ago and loved them, but I had never actually made them myself until recently. And they couldn’t be easier to prepare. And they are deeelicious so this is truly a win-win situation.

Catshark (Pata Roxa in Portuguese)

Cooked Catshark or Dogfish
Although I am still working through our wonderful South African trip, we are actually currently in wonderful Portugal and I cooked this wonderful fish yesterday and it turned out wonderfully! I’d never even heard of it and now I can’t get enough of it!

Bacon wrapped Scallops

Cooked scallops
This is so good, it’s got to be a sin. These are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. We used to have them often in the States with our mates Lynn and Steve, but alas we only have them once a year in Germany now. Sigh, I think we should pop over to the States again…

Cooking Tuna in Paradise

The view
(Tuna Recipe at end)
We met Annie and Mark and their amazing children, Ashleigh and Murray, in France 16 years ago, and we’ve been friends ever since. Or they can’t seem to get rid of us could be the other way of putting it. Moving from Johannesburg (where we visited them) to Cape Town (where we visited them) in the middle of a cold and dark night, also didn’t help them…

Orange Onion Tuna Salad

The Salad
This makes a quick, easy and elegant starter or just a quick everyday salad. It’s deelicious and lovely to look at too! I served it in some lovely big shells our mate Micha collected for me in Pedras del Rei in Portugal, but you obviously aren't going to be able to do the same unless you too befriend Micha!

Red Mullet (Fish) Recipe

Wikipedia’s photos of a striped red mullet
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…

Mr Fishy Moustache

(Fishy cooking ideas at end)
Moustache Man
Take a wild guess what the colours of the Portuguese flag are? Come on, you can do it. YES! Red and green they are. This Fish Seller in Olhão is clearly not only a good salesman but also a dedicated patriot. He’s got my vote for sure.

What to do with the heart-warming cockles

Mussels
So now you have the bean clams and the heart shaped cockles, what do you do with them I hear you ask? Nemo problemo, I’ll get you a good dose of food poisoning…just kidding of course! They’re quick and easy to cook after prepping and you are going to love them.