Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day - Portuguese style with a South African twist

Mother’s Day this year was inspired by Wirie’s recent trip to Portugal (we’ll post some foodie stories on that soon) and a feast was had by all!

South Africa has great weather this time of year – chilly but bright and sunny – so we sat on the ‘stoep’ to celebrate our amazing mom. We kicked off with cheeses that they smuggled back from Portugal, accompanied by fresh figs, delicious cured ham, rocket and melon.

Our main was inspired by a seafood meal they had in Portugal called a Cataplana (also the name of the pot that it’s cooked and served in) - basically a clam shape with a lid that clamps onto the top. We don't have a Cataplana pot, so Wirie made Portuguese style seafood in a South African potjie – brilliant! Packed with clams, mussels, prawns, pork, chorizo, bacon and coriander it is slightly spicy and fantastic served with crispy bread to soak up the sauce.

We topped off our meal with a delectable dark chocolate and orange cake (get the recipe here), served with espresso in cups that they bought during their trip, what more could a family ask for?

Hope all the moms were spoilt rotten!

The Cataplana inspired Seafood Potjie

The Starters

Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato & Orange Cake

Strong Espresso

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