The witches cooking pot.
The Caldeirão or cooking pot is the traditional cookware in old Portuguese cuisine.
A heavy iron pot placed on a tripod above a smoldering charcoal fire, the cook sits next to it on a stool with a wooden spoon in hand. Softly singen while stirring the stew to ensure that it does not burn.
Herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley, mint and coriander grow standard around the rual houses. She only has to step outside to pick them and add an exquisit flavor to the food.
The caldeirão is often associated wih witches, they make their secret potions in it.
Food can be considered a secret potion, in a mysterious way it gives life and energy to our bodies and refreshes the spirit. This maks the quality of the ingredients so important.
In several cultures the pot is a symbol for the womb of the mother Goddess. The divine uterus that provides the best for the family.
The first thing that the Portuguese prepare in the pot is the refogado. It is the almost sacred foundation of many traditional dishes. The recipe is basic and simple and I will post it tomorrow. It is a starting point for your creativity, you can play with it, add bell-pepper if you like that or other ingredients, like bacon in small cubes.
The traditional “Arroz Atum” or tuna rice is made of the refogado. When the refogado is ready, you add a cup of rice and a little bit of vinegar, stir and after a minute add two cups of water, salt, piri-piri and a tin of tuna fish. Simmer until the rice is cooked. Delicious…