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    ZWT8 ~ Welcome to Spain/Portugal

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    Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:50 pm
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    100 players are traveling the world for seven weeks on a whirlwind Zaar World Tour 8.
    Come check out our recipes, see the places we've been and what we have learned.
    ZWT8-Virtually Travelling the World!~Main Thread

    These wonderful and creative challenges showcase various Forums. Challenges will help you gain bonus points for your team. Challenges can only be done by a specific number of players on a team, be sure to check with your team before you start one. Challenge responses MUST be posted in the Challenge Threads.

    Dates: All recipes and challenges for this forum can be made between July 20-31. All reviews for Spain and Portugal must be submitted by 11:59 PM time on July 31. ( is Eastern Time.)

    Please post your completed recipes (and any photos) made for the regional required, Team 15, and all additional cooking in THIS thread as well as your individual team thread.

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    ~ The Cuisine of Spain ~

    We’re all here to explore Spanish cuisine, so I hope you jump right in and enjoy your culinary adventure. The cuisine of Spain is truly wonderful, featuring lots of fresh ingredients with zesty chile peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and aromatic and tasty spices that will delight even the pickiest of eaters.

    Spain is in the southwestern region of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal on the west, and France and the Bay of Biscayne bordering on the north. Spain is the world’s 51st largest country with terrain that varies from coastal areas to pastoral inland regions, all offering a plethora of specialty dishes that range from lamb to seafood to seasonal vegetables and fruits. And of course those aromatic, flavorful herbs that are the hallmark of Spanish cuisine! Most regions also offer specialty cheeses, pans (breads) and vinos (wine) that are quite pleasing for all palates and taste buds.

    We hope you enjoy your culinary visit to Spain and find a plethora of new favorite dishes.

    But there is so much more that Spain offers, and we also hope you learn a little more than you knew before about the delightful and diverse regional variations in Spanish culture, arts, entertainment and everything else that Spain has to offer. Spain’s architecture is something you won’t want to miss either, boasting some of the most beautiful historic churches (or Iglesias) and cathedrals with centuries-old Christian sculptures and statues, to vastly modern buildings featuring some of the world’s most innovative and creative architecture, and a wide range of museums that display some of the most beautiful art pieces in Europe.

    And don’t forget to take in a little local fare as well. Because most regions throughout Spain have traditions that play an important part in most celebrations and community festivals. But wherever you celebrate, you’ll learn quickly that most community celebrations throughout Spain are all about vivid colors, vibrant music, and local entertainment to entice even the weariest of tourists to stop and enjoy the splendor. Perhaps the two most well known events include the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and the Tomato Festival (called La Tomatina) in the Valencian town of Buñol.

    ~ The Cuisine of Portugal ~

    Portuguese food is renowned for being lusty and robust, often characterized with rich, filling and full-flavored dishes that are quite consistent with Mediterranean cuisine. Because Portuguese cuisine is easy to prepare and uses very basic equipment, some of the most popular Portuguese dishes can be made in a single pot over an open fire. The Portuguese were the preeminent fishermen and explorers of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries which enhanced their homeland’s culinary ventures as they returned from their explorations with rare spices for their people to enjoy. In fact, the Portuguese were among the first to experiment with cinnamon, pepper, cloves and nutmeg, modifying their native dishes to take advantage of these new flavors.

    Meats – Meats, often pork, are an essential ingredient in many Portuguese recipes. Chicken is also used frequently, and to a lesser degree, beef, turkey, veal, lamb, kid (young goat), and rabbit. This doesn't necessarily mean large portions of meat. Thick soups and stews common throughout Portugal usually feature bread and vegetables as the main ingredients and often include small amounts of meats or seafood as accompaniments (rather than as a main ingredient).

    Fish - Portugal has a long coastline and a passion for seafood that includes tuna, sardines, swordfish, cod, sea perch, shrimp/prawns, crab, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, lobster, octopus, squid, cuttlefish, eel, sea bass, and horse mackerel. Among fish recipes, bacalhau (cod) dishes are pervasive. And it’s dried, salted cod that is considered by most to be the signature dish of Portugal. The cod is sweeter and more flavorful after salting, and there are more salted cod recipes in Portugal than there are leaves on the trees there. Fish dishes can be prepared grilled, boiled/poached, fried or deep-fried, stewed or roasted. A popular Portuguese stew is Cladeirada which consists of a variety of fish, shellfish, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. A popular clam dish is ameijoas a Bulhao Pato, named after the Portuguese poet Bulhao Pato, and the dish is considered by many as the best clam recipe of all times. A typical “Go To” dish popular in Portugal, when there is no time to prepare anything more elaborate, is canned sardines or tuna served with boiled potatoes or black-eyed beans and boiled eggs.

    Vegetables – Portuguese cooking includes a wide variety of vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, bell peppers, chillies of all types, avocados, kale, lettuce and kidney beans. A rich bean stew popular in most parts of Portugal is feijoada, and a popular bread-based casserole is acorda that includes garlic and coriander or seafood.

    Herbs and Spices - Herbs and spices common in Portuguese cooking include: parsley, hot chili powder, chili oil (piri-piri), cumin, rosemary, mint, oregano, bay leaf, saffron, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, curry powder, nutmeg, paprika, and of course, garlic. They reflect Portugal's seafaring history as well as its close proximity to Spain.

    Breads - Wheat and corn breads are popular in Portugal, and bread is served with almost every meal. It's not unusual to see a slice of bread used as a plate, and some of the most popular soups of Portugal use bread as a major ingredient.

    Cheeses - Rich local cheeses, typically made with goat or ewe's milk, are frequently served as hors d'oeuvres with crusty bread and fresh fruit. Although cheese is often used as an accompaniment to a meal, it is less commonly included within a dish. One particular cheese is the soft queijo Serra da Estrela, made from ewe’s milk in the mountainous region of Serra da Estrela.

    Desserts and Pastries - Sweets are so prized that they are sometimes offered as meals in themselves for breakfast, lunch, or as a lazy afternoon repast. Cinnamon is a favorite flavoring in Portuguese desserts, as is almond paste and honey. Egg yolks and sugar are also used liberally to make these sweet indulgences. A popular pastry is the pastel de nata, a small custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon. Rice Pudding (arroz doce) is a common Christmas treat, but other popular desserts include aletria (similar to rice pudding but with vermicelli), pudim flan, bola de Berlim and pao-de-lo, a light and airy sponge cake. In the southern regions, many dessert recipes include almonds and marzipan, such as doce de chila and candied egg threads called fios de ovos.

    Spirits and Beverages - Wine is the traditional Portuguese drink and red, white and “green” wines are popular throughout Portugal. Vinho Verde (“green” wine) is produced in the northwest province of Minho, and it’s not actually green in color (and in fact can be a red, white or rose wine); it’s termed “green” because it needs to be drunk “young” (whereas, in contrast, a wine that is best after aging is termed a “maduro” wine). You have probably heard of Portuguese Port and Madeira, which are more typically served with dessert, but regional wines and beers are also common throughout Portugal. Typical liqueurs include Licor Beirao and Ginjinha. In the south, a distilled spirit called mearonho is made from the fruit of the strawberry tree. And, of course, rich coffee is considered a staple.

    Breakfast in Portugal is traditionally a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or milk served with a bread roll with butter, jam, fruit preserves, cheese or ham. Sweet pastries are also popular, as well as cold cereal with milk, yogurt or fruit. Lunch is served between noon and 3pm, and dinner is served late and often after 8pm. Lunch and dinner usually consist of three courses, and traditionally include soup. A soup common throughout Portugal is caldo verde with potato, shredded kale, and chunks of chourico sausage.

    Enjoy your culinary visit to Spain and Portugal!

    Last edited by NorthwestGal on Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:00 am, edited 1 time in total
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:22 am Groupie
    Posting for emails - Someone had to be 1st & I had to start somewhere, didn't I icon_question.gif
    Bonnie G #2
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:16 pm Groupie

    Bonnie G #2 here to report I've MERP'd Portuguese Sofrito Bread (A B M) for the Portuguee leg of our trip
    Thought I'd already posted it once but some how lost it

    Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:02 pm Groupie

    I've completed momaphet's Tinto De Verano for Spain/Portugal.
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:00 pm Groupie

    Looks like Gail and I had the same idea for our Friday afternoon cocktail icon_lol.gif

    I've also made and reviewed momaphet's Tinto De Verano #483789
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:12 pm Groupie

    I've made, reviewed, and photographed gailanng's Marinated Manchego Cheese #449988

    and momaphet's Magdalenas - Spanish Cakes #369814

    Maryland Jim
    Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:12 pm Groupie

    For tonight's (Spanish) beverage we made diner524's Lemon Beer - Clara or Shandy 483325. Posted review and photo.

    Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:41 pm Groupie

    threeovens #865936 has MERP'd:

    for Spain/Portugal

    Tomatoe Rice #483256
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:26 am Groupie

    For the Chefs Gone Wild, I have made, reviewed & photographed Roast Potatoes With Olives, #369959 by Rita~
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:52 am
    Forum Host
    Bonnie G #2 wrote:

    Bonnie G #2 here to report I've MERP'd Portuguese Sofrito Bread (A B M) for the Portuguee leg of our trip
    Thought I'd already posted it once but some how lost it

    Your Portuguese Softio Bread looks so delicious, Bonnie G #2. Thank you for posting.
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:09 am Groupie

    IngridH Merp'd Warm Chorizo and Thyme Lentils #429546 by katew

    Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:05 am Groupie

    I have completed my first recipe...

    Ovos No Forno Com Queijo (Individual Baked Eggs With Cheese) #482708 by Random Rachel

    Bonnie G #2
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:39 am Groupie
    Just checking do we just post our recipes here or do the challenges completed go here too - I'm soooo confused. icon_redface.gif
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:05 am Groupie

    I've completed Portuguese Healthy Breakfast by Random Rachel.
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:06 am Groupie

    IngridH has MERP'd Chorizo, Egg and; Cheese Wraps #94626 by ~Rita

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