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sopa de pederas


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#1 Dejah

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:47 AM

Our staff is planning an after-exams dinner / staff meeting. One of the restaurants we looked into offered sopa de pederas as a soup choice.

I gathered that "stone soup" is Portugese and is made with anything that's on hand with appropriate seasonings, seafood of some sort? I need more information so we'll have some idea of what to expect.


#2 Brainfoodie

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 04:25 AM

"Sopa de Pedra" comes from an old Portuguese legend of a monk who wanted to make a soup but no one has giving him anything so he said "well I'll have to make a soup with only a stone then". Villagers felt sorry for this and started giving him more and more ingredients to add.

Anyway eventually this became a local speciality of Almeirim, in the north of Portugal. It's a very meaty soup (no seafood!!) and the now official ingredients are:

red kidney beans (partially mashed)
pig's ear
blood sausage
smoked pork belly
bay leaf
and of course salt and pepper

In the traditional restaurant they used to serve it with a (large, easy to see) stone too, but I'm not sure that's still allowed by EU laws..

Edited by Brainfoodie, 14 February 2011 - 04:29 AM.

#3 Dejah

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:45 PM

Thanks for the info', Brainfoodie. :smile: I'll report back once we'vw had the dinner!

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