Tonight we’re wrapping up our little stint with Portuguese cuisine, but unlike our usual routine, we’re not going to end on dessert. I mean after all, what could really top our Pastéis de Nata?
Well, that and this house has been somewhat of an infirmary since the start of November. So we’re looking for something healthy, warming and down right comforting…soup. Soups also happen to be a main part of Portuguese meals, so tonight we chose a Portuguese bread soup called Açordas de Mariscos.
Then she went back to her “restful” activities of LEGO’s, coloring, dancing and playing dress-up. How she has so much energy with a fever I don’t know. When I have a fever I want to curl up on my bed and die. Miss A, on the other hand, puts on a cape and a Darth Vader mask and keeps popping out to scare me. So while Miss A was sneaking around the house and hiding, I ran the bread under cold water and let it sit soaking with some added sea salt for about an hour.
Miss A took a pass on trying this one, and we didn’t push. She’s been fighting a virus for almost a week now and we’re cutting her some slack. Besides we’ve run out of bribes with getting her to take her medicine. 😉
Mike was the biggest fan of this dish and came in at 3 spoons. He’s a huge fan of soup in a bread bowl, so this was right up his alley. He thought it could use a bit more seasoning, so next time he’d increase the amount of pepper and coriander called for in the tomatoes. I’m only going to come in with 2 spoons for this soup. I do think it has potential though. I agree with Mike about the seasonings – it needs something more. However, rather than increasing the pepper and the coriander, I think I’d toss in some cayenne and maybe some spicy sausage too. Then I think we’d have a winner.
That said, the soup did it’s job. It was warm, hearty and comforting. Now if it could just give us a dose of healthiness around here we’d be all set. We’ll be back next week with another recipe on the quest and Miss A will be spinning her little globe for us again.
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