A few weeks ago we had an open house at the curling
and a group of Portuguese
people decided they wanted to come out and try.
The organizer of the group, Jorge, emailed April
about bringing out his
group one of the Saturdays, and April asked whether
he was Portuguese.
After some conversation, Jorge and the group were
very excited that they
could come out to the curling club and could learn
to curl from a
fellow Portuguese person (Steve).
Steve was a little concerned about this because he
hasn't really spoken much
Portuguese in a number of years, and hasn't been
that speak it either. It turned out fine
though, and he could understand and
communicate back in Portuguese on a few things.
There was one member of the group that was in a very
similar situation to April.
Christina is American and married into a Portuguese
family. Unlike April, she's
been around the family for a while and has learned
to speak it well, can cook
traditional foods, and even has gotten her
The whole group was very friendly and
nice. Christina invited us to Easter lunch at
their home, and so we decided to make something
Portuguese to bring - Pasteis de Bacalhau!
Apparently we didn't know what we were getting
ourselves into as Christina and
Steve's mom kept wishing us good luck with them.
In the end, we think we did a pretty good job and it
was certainly an
interesting experience. Here
are some of the pictures from the making of them!
we purchased the salt cod from a local Japanese market and put it to
soak. There doesn't seem to be many places here to get salt cod.
also purchased a deep fryer so that we could cook the final product.
the parts of our Cool Daddy deep fryer. We've never made any fried foods
before so this will be interesting.
with the salt cod. We got 4 lbs of cod but decided to only use 3.
Luckily, the cod we got already came deboned and skinned!
up to boil the cod on Friday night.
added a couple of bay leaves and an onion for taste when boiling the cod.
- we put the mashed potatoes, cod, onion, parsley and eggs into a batter.
Steve has to mix all this by hand.
supervises the experience...
acts as official parsley taste tester!
- first batch of deep fried goodness is not so good. We put the
pasteis into the deep fryer on the basket it came with, and left them in
for 6 mins as directed, but they're overdone :-(
- next batch without the basket and keeping an eye on them. Now, they're
only in for 3 minutes and taste so much better!
creates the fishy snacks with two spoons, shaping them into little footballs of
April said, this is so P-dub. Steve sitting on the front porch at 8pm
deep frying dinner. If only I'd had a beer and a portable TV - I'd be set
out the pasteis one at a time, making sure they look like mom's.
- just in case. Glad we didn't need it though!
the LAST batch! After an hour of cooking these and freezing outside!
finished product. Those look yummy!
- who wants to kiss the cook?