We traveled to Portugal a couple of years ago, and it might have been one of the best vacations we ever had. Beautiful country, friendly people and delicious food. We started our journey in Lisbon, a fantastic city - vibrant and clean. After that we drove South to the Algarve region. The drive was absolutely beautiful as we passed vineyards and farms.
The Algarve region was our favorite. I was excited to even have seen some Indian foods on the menu, Because of Portugal's occupation of Goa in India, many dishes in Goa have a Portuguese inspiration and it was wonderful to see my favorite Shrimp Coconut Curry in Portugal.
The biggest adventure for me was a cooking class that we took where we learned how to make a traditional Portuguese seafood stew called "Cataplana" - named after the large earthenware vessel it is cooked in.
My recipe was inspired by a delicious feta and pomegranate appetizer that was out of this world. It is sweet, sour and salty all at once and a perfect start to any meal or great as an appetizer at your party. The original dish I had in Portugal calls for feta cheese, but I have replaced that with tofu so that my dad, who is vegan, could enjoy it. Hope you enjoy it too.
Serves: 8 to 10
Prep time – 5 minutes
Total time – 25 minutes (includes 20 minutes rest time)
½ cup olive oil
¼ teaspoon Nigella seeds
¼ teaspoon Fennel seeds
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or any other vinegar)