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Portuguese Summer recipes

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Renee » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:10 am

Thanks for the link Pepper Pig. I've made a note of the Piri Piri Chicken method. The Pastel de Nata, I had a quick drool and then moved swiftly on! :cry:

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Earthmaiden » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:32 am

Where does one come across dried salt cod in provincial Britain? I have only ever seen it in Lisbon when it was piled up high in some areas, though last time I went I didn't even see that.

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:49 am

As salt cod is very popular in West Indian cooking anywhere catering for a WI population will stock it, including the world food section of some supermarkets. Some fishmongers stock it.

Quality varies, the stuff in little cellophane packets isn’t always the best, look for thick white fillets

Still probably not that easy to find outside big cities

ETA: I’ve now read the recipe properly, the packets should be fine for a fritter like that, interesting recipe. Some Portuguese recipes serve whole fillets, you want first quality stuff for that, salt fish fritters made with flour are a WI thing

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby karadekoolaid » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:37 am

I`d imagine that any Spanish market worth its salt (haha!) would stock bacalao. Salt cod.

https://www.bascofinefoods.com/buy-spanish-foods/salt-cod.html
https://saltcod.co.uk/

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby karadekoolaid » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:04 am

And never ever forget to try rissóis de camarão - shrimp croquettes. They are utterly divine.
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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:53 am

Salt cod is very much a Basque thing, so Spanish and some French delis will stock it

But I think there are probably a lot more WI outlets around the country than such specialist grocers - some Asian grocers have a Caribbean corner

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Earthmaiden » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:36 am

Not many Spanish markets round here but there are small shops representing many nationalities around. I might have an adventure sometime ..

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:57 am

Used to see it in the Makro fishmonger at North Acton before it was taken over by the HS2 brigade and I’m fairly sure I’ve seen it in Wing Yip.

Or this. https://www.bascofinefoods.com/buy-span ... t-cod.html

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:01 am

Pepper Pig wrote:I’m fairly sure I’ve seen it in Wing Yip.


Fascinating - Macao connection like the custard tarts I wonder?

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:35 am

I think they sell anything to make a quick buck quite honestly.

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Renee » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:57 am

What is the difference between using salt cod and fresh cod in a recipe? Presumably the salt cod has to be soaked before use?

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:18 pm

Salt cod has an entirely different flavour to fresh cod, they aren’t interchangeable - it’s as big as the difference between dried split peas and fresh green peas


To prepare salt cod for use rinse it under the tap, rubbing off any encrustations of salt with your fingers, then soak in plenty of cold water at least overnight, preferably for 24 hours, changing the water occasionally

You then put it in cold water and bring it to the boil, this recipe says cook for 8 minutes which is about right, but really it’s one of those things you cook until done, when the flakes can be separated

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:57 pm

I guess the Scandinavian retailers also sell it. Do IKEA have it in their freezer bits? Although I guess that defeats the object.

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Badger's Mate » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:30 pm

You can try making your own. I've done it with some of the cheaper gadoids like coley. Put it in a plastic box with a liberal layer of salt under and over, put a tight fitting lid on the box and pop it in the fridge for a day or two. This firms it up nicely but if you want you can then discard the fishy brine and repeat with fresh salt.

It's neither one thing nor the other really, not fresh fish but also not quite the solid texture of commercial salt fish. The flavour is intermediate too. It's quite passable cooked with ackee and makes a decent fist of the usual bacalao dishes. It's an improvement on unsalted frozen coley.

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Re: Portuguese Summer recipes

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:54 pm

Pepper Pig, I’ve never seen any salt cod in Ikea and Scandikitchen don’t sell it, though Google suggests Norwegian salt cod stews are popular

Freezing would be a little odd agreed but you can buy canned salt cod, which is ready to drain and use in things like fritters and omelettes. I’ve got some packed for the Jamaican market, probably well past its best by date, I should check it out, I’ve used it before, it’s good

This would probably work in the recipe
https://www.thefishsociety.co.uk/salt-c ... FHEALw_wcB

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