Portuguese Gastronomy, Cod “à Brás” Style | Bacalhau à Brás

I think, we Portguese, have to serve the ones that visit Portugal for the first time, cod in other way than just boiled.

Don’t get me wrong; I love simple boiled cod with some boiled potatoes and vegetables, but compared with all the other ways of eating cod, this is, in my opinion, the most boring one.

And if we Portuguese have soooooooo many ways of eating and preparing and serving cod, why not give to know one of the classics of the Portuguese gastronomy, the marvelous Cod “à Brás” Style?

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We’ve all ate ratatouille in some point of our lives. And then you say “oh, but no, I’ve never ate such thing!”. Wrong. In one or another way, we all have.

Ratatouille has a really fancy name and it’s a French classic in cuisine, but the truth is, it’s nothing more than a mixture of vegetables in a pan. And who has never prepared such thing? Arriving home, grap all the veggies in the fridge, cut them in pieces, throw them to a pan, season them and eat?

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Chouriço Bread | Pão com Chouriço

My grandma’s chouriço bread was the best. No one in the world could / can make such bread as her. I don’t know if it was her hands, the way she kneaded or something else; the truth is, her chouriço bread was one of a kind.

And I don’t say this because my grandma’s food is better than yours, but because it was for real. When Cantinho de São João existed – a small house where served food and snacks during the weekend in my hometown -, she was one of the cooks and the responsible one for making bread. Everyone loved her bread! When the “restaurant” closed, it was still possible to see people during weekends looking and asking where that famous pão com chouriço was

When she passed away, my mother and aunt were – and still are! – the responsible to make bread in our family reunions. I must admit, they’re good and I like their bread, but it tastes different. Or maybe is just me, that misses my grandmother a lot.

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Chicken & Pumpkin Pies | Empadas de Galinha e Abóbora

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I always said I would include some recipes of my meals and Portuguese dishes besides all the pastry/baking recipes in my blog – although it will always be a baker blog and not a food blog per se.

Today is that day. Today’s recipe was created for Lourinhã page and therefore I decided to share it with you too – you can find the Portuguese version here and here.

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