Portuguese vs Czech cooking
Ronaldo's favorite food
Cristano Ronaldo's favorite Bacalhau A Bras
Bacalhau or bacalao etc or salted cod, is one of the super special dishes of Portugal, Spain, Italy and other far Mediterranean region. Apparently there are hundreds and some say thousand recipes with salt cod.
Cristiano Ronaldo's favorite :
2 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
5 large eggs
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley
oil-cured good black olives
Soak the cod for couple of days in several changes of cool water. Rinse the cod well, discard the skin, then with the fingers tear the cod into fine shreds. Meantime, cut the potatoes into long thin shreds. Empty into a large bowl and rinse under cool water. Dry potatoes on paper towels. Meanwhile, heat the frying oil in deep small skillet or saute pan to high, then fry the potatoes in small batches, separating the shreds, until they get straw color. Take out the potatoes to paper towels and drain the oil.
In a heavy skillet or clay pan set over low heat, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they begin to color; turn the heat to its lowest point, cover and steam 20 minutes, until very soft.
Mix the shredded cod into the onion mixture, cover and steam 10 minutes more.
Whisk the eggs with the black pepper and no salt (cod is still salty). Toss half of potatoes with the cod mixture, pour in the eggs and raise the heat to moderate. Scramble until eggs are soft.
Serve on a small heated platter, and put remaining potatoes on top, sprinkle with parsley and black olives.
Czech'sYeast Dumplings (Houskové Knedlíky)
Roast pork and other meat dishes are often served with either yeast or potato dumplings. And, of course you can also find fruit dumplings.
1 tsp dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp salt
4 cups instant flour
1 cubed bread
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water with sugar. In a big bowl combine flour, salt, egg and bread. After yeast rises, add it to mixture and knead until soft and smooth. Form 4 rolls on a sheet with flour. Cover and let rise.
Boil salted water and gently place the knedliky in water. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Test before taking them out. They should be light and puffy.
Remove from water and slice.
(Czech Easter cake)
1 cup warm milk
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp fresh yeast or 2 tsp dry yeast
1 tbsp salt
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup melted butter or margarine
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
Sift flour into large bowl. Make a well in center. Pour in milk and sugar. Stir in yeast and let yeast rise to top of milk and mix in a little flour. Add salt, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Mix. Add raisins and almonds. Place on a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Place the dough into greased bowl, cover and let rise until double. Divide dough in half. Divide each half into 4 equal large pieces, 3 smaller pieces, and 2 small pieces. Roll each into equally long rolls and braid to get shape like from the photo. Let rise, then brush with beaten egg. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Makes 3 housky.