You may remember a while back that I got a surprise in the mail from my friends Paulo and Ana of Postcrossing fame.
It was a Portuguese cookbook called Piri Piri Starfish and I have cooked from it, but just not had time to document what I cooked the first time and how it turned out.
I chose 2 simple dishes – Calamari with Lemon, Garlic and Piri Piri and Roasted new Potatoes with Tomatoes and white Wine.
I knew that Dave would have the potato dish but not the calamari as he is allergic to seafood.
Both were simple dishes to prepare and in a way quite good plain simple food with ingredients that most kitchens have on hand. I did have to go and buy Piri Piri and the closest I could find was Piri Piri seasoning. I also went a bit light on using this as I didn't know how hot it was. The bottle said HOT. I did want to try one of the salted cod dishes but I have been unable to find salted cod in my shopping area.
I love calamari or squid, which is what we called it as kids, and before it became a yuppie food and not bait. I find it economical to buy and cooked right very tasty. I often have calamari in the freezer for when I want to have a feed.
The finished dish was yummy and I realised that I could have been a bit more generous with the Piri Piri as I like hot and spicy foods and I had no trouble with the taste.
Lovely and not as scary as I imagined. Yes I went with simple foods and really enjoyed the tastes. Satisfying and filling.