With Spain so close by and the deliciousness of the various Mediterranean cuisines often drifting into one another, we guiltily admit that it’s hard to separate Portuguese flavors from those of other olive oil-enthusiast nations. However, this primitive understanding does an injustice to the Lisbon way of cooking and their signature dishes.
Zara Quiroga’s fascinating food exploration in Lisbon in 100 Bites takes you on a journey through the city. From the mountains to the seashore, from dawn until dusk, she’ll lead your taste buds across a range of fantastic recipes. Learn about Portugal’s answer to Spain’s tapas (named Petiscos) or their claim to be the creators of the vegetable tempura. Their recipes are simple and hearty, calling for quality local ingredients; the stars there often being onions, garlic, parsley, and a drizzle of lemon. Pastel del nata is a firm favorite in any upmarket patisserie this side of the channel, but take a chance with pig ear salad or the delicacy goose barnacles for something truly authentic!
Extracts taken from LISBON IN 100 BITES
by Zara Quiroga
120pp, $7.99, May 2016
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