List-Free Luso-Paradise

Neil Pendock May 4, 2013 4

Sustainable fish lovers may see red in the Algarve for the concept of a red, yellow and green list of permissable pescatores is foreign to the fun loving hairy hedonists of southern Portugal. So what really is the point of SA fish lovers eating sustainably when at the top end of the Atlantic, Russian oligarchs and their child brides tuck into species redder than their sunburn, you may well ask?

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In Portugal, marine conservation is driven by cash and not lectures: the rarer the fish, the pricier it is. It certainly seems to work from an architecture perspective if you compare the unspoilt Algarve beach below to Shimmy’s or the Grand.

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But the genius of Portguese cuisine is to take a humble pescatore like monk fish, give it a sexy name like tamboril and serve it with rice cooked aldente in a sauce of fresh tomato (below). Who needs to see red when you can eat like this?

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4 Comments »

  1. Fanny Cradock May 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm -

    My Dear Mr Pendock,

    As Jeremy Irons said during a recent TV interview on Portuguese TV, why ever do they not change their national dish from ‘dried salted cod’ to something from within their own waters… the cod comes from Norway and Iceland, it is a severely endangered over-fished fish species and yet nobody in Portugal has the remotest care… after all Mr Pendock, we do now have refrigeration and cod is no longer brought thousands of miles by sea in wooden boats !!

    A complete mystery to me and my dear departed Johnny…

    Love, Fanny

  2. Fanny Cradock May 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm -

    My Dear Mr Pendock,

    As Jeremy Irons said during a recent TV interview on Portuguese TV, why ever do they not change their national dish from ‘dried salted cod’ to something from within their own waters… the cod comes from Norway and Iceland, it is a severely endangered over-fished fish species and yet nobody in Portugal has the remotest care… after all Mr Pendock, we do now have refrigeration and cod is no longer brought thousands of miles by sea in wooden boats !!

    A complete mystery to me and my dear departed Johnny…

    Love, Fanny

  3. Fanny Cradock May 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm -

    P.S. I see from your photograph they have Crabs on the menu, have you had any lately ?

    Personally, I have always found them a bit fiddly… Johnny and I usually buy fish fingers, so much simpler and allows more time for watching Master Chef on the telly…. x

  4. Fanny Cradock May 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm -

    P.S. I see from your photograph they have Crabs on the menu, have you had any lately ?

    Personally, I have always found them a bit fiddly… Johnny and I usually buy fish fingers, so much simpler and allows more time for watching Master Chef on the telly…. x

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