I think this is one of those moments that came from a total inspiration to cook for the ones you love. My husband and our neighbor have been working their butts off for the new sunroom we are adding to the front of our house. It has been 2 months now since they started and their bodies are hurting. James accidentally stepped on a screw and Brad's back is filled with pain. I told them jokingly "no pain no gain!", but then I felt sorry for them. They love doing the project together as a guy thing, but they could use a little more loving support.
I've been feeding them quick and easy meals here and there, but I realized that I should appreciated them with a special dish. To cheer them up a bit.
James loves shrimps. And he likes them prepared either in a Norwegian way or Portuguese way the best. I have never made this stew before but we ate this a plenty of times when we were living in Portugal back in 2004. We were there for my photo documentary project for 9 months. We drove around the country up and down, left and right, all over the place with our tiny cruddy fiat.
We were on a super tight budget, so we ate mostly street food like bifana (grilled pork sandwich) or frango (grilled open chicken)
and they were amazing of course. But once in a while, we treated ourselves at restaurants and we quickly fell in love with seafood stew.
It's been a long time since I had it in Portugal, but I tried to recreate the stews I remember and make it into my version of it. I made it with fresh filet of cod, shrimps, craw fish, linguisa (Portuguese sausage) and rice. It turned out pretty tasty I have to say. I think stews are really fun to make once you know the basic ingredients and you can make up all kinds.
This dish was so fun to make and we talked about all the crazy stuff that happened to us in Portugal. I miss our time in Portugal. I never felt more free, adventurous, curious, energized and clueless the whole time. That was just such a great experience that I hope to do it again maybe when the kids are bit older. That'd be sweet!