<< BACK TO PORTUGUESE FOOTPRINTS IN CALIFORNIA

Portuguese Footprints -- Culinary Delights

Hearty soups, fish and pork dishes, linguiça, sausages, and sweet desserts

Years:  1815 — 2020

Portuguese home cooking usually brings back memories of hearty soups, fish and pork dishes, linguiça, sausages, and sweet desserts.  Meats marinated with “vinha d’alhos” (wine and garlic) have that special flavor and “arroz doce” (rice pudding) is a traditional dessert.  It is at social events that beef, sometimes overcooked, is prominent.  As favorite fundraisers, crab feasts are popular annual events, sponsored by various clubs and societies.  And of course, “sopas” is the traditional meal at summertime Holy Ghost “festas”.

Not long after Columbus discovered America, the Portuguese were fishing Newfoundland’s Grand Banks for “bacalhau” (cod).  It was the Portuguese who learned to salt the cod at sea and salted cod became a staple food.  It is said that the Portuguese know 365 ways to cook “bacalhau”.  But they enjoy a variety of seafoods, including “polvo” (octopus), “lulas” (squd), and “lapas” (limpets).

Images  (click on image to view full size)


<< BACK TO PORTUGUESE FOOTPRINTS IN CALIFORNIA