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On Sunday Life is a Beach

Talk about spontaneity. Naomi called this morning to inform that they were heading up to Sant Pol de Mar. alex was feeling better and she thought a day at the beach was just what the doctor ordered. We gathered our beach gear and went over to Jackie and Sebastien’s place. By the way, I DO have to mention here that Jackie loves the sugar pie (big smile on my part). Naomi had to head home to get her beach gear so we agreed on the 12:48 train. As the time approached to leave for the station, Jackie had a shower and was applying cream to protect her body against the harsh beach environment. Now, let me explain a little something about German and Canadian attitudes towards schedules. We LOVE to have extra time to be where we are supposed to be without the stress of hurry and worry. Now for those who are last minute arrivals(am I referring to Jackie) and are used to being like this, I do believe there is no stress or worry. Needless to say, Sebastien told Jackie we’d meet her on the way to Placa Catalunya. We started our walk towards the station with a stop at the bank, a five minute wait at the top of Ramblas and another few minutes at the entrance to the station. We decided that we would now go for the 1:18 train since Jackie was nowhere in sight. We went into the station to buy our tickets and a familiar voice hollers out from inside the turnstyles. Jackie had been there for a while. She was waiting for us and we were all stressed about her being late. Anyhow, we bought our tickets and called Naomi to tell her we were back on track for the 12:48. She says she’s out of the station buying some water, taking it easy and if she gets there fine if not, she’ll meet us there. Now that is the way to be, totally relaxed. In the end, everyone got on the 12:48 and we were on our way.

The day was great, not too cold and not too hot. It was quite windy so surf was up and we could body surf one metre waves for approximately one metre. Really short runs. Naomi was in the sun soaking up the rays and got some really nice color.

It was time for food so the following went to the beach restaurant.

Sylvie

Alex and I

Detlef , he owns a german restaurant (Pano de Boca) in Lisbon. Read about it in Naomi’s blog.

Franko

Jackie and Sebastien

Kevin (Sylvie’s brother visiting from Germany) Sylvie’s other brother stayed on the beach and slept through it all. I gather they had been partying pretty intensely. In Barcelona, parties usually end sometime after the sun comes up

Our sweet Naomi (aka Shark)

and this is what we had, a lovely paella.

We were all pretty stuffed after lunch and our bellies were sticking out (but just a little) so we decided we needed to put our bellies back into their proper sizes. After all, we were at the beach. I really think that Naomi had a very crushing experience with cheeky Jackie and Sebastien close behind.

We had a great day and everyone went to another beach party that evening. Alex and I headed home as she still isn’t quite up to speed.

August 13, 2006 at 7:29 pm 3 comments

International feast

Friday night we were invited to our friends Sebastian’s & Jaquie’s house for an amazing party. It was a dinner party with a twist. Each of us had to bring the ingredients and cook something from our country of origin. I made bobó de camarão, my favourite brazilian dish, and Alan made tarte au sucre, a Quebec specialty. You can read about the feast at Alan’s blog.

Anyways, a lot of people asked me for the recipe for my bobó so here it goes:

Ingredients:

1 kg yuca (or mandioc, manioc…)

1 1/2 kg of shelled shrimp, the larger the better (if you buy them with shells, by about twice as much)

8 tomatoes

1 green pepper

1 large onion

1 litre chicken stock (you can use chicken cubes as well)

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp dendê oil (palm oil) – you can buy it at latin american food stores; it must be brazilian since the african variety won’t work.

2 cups coconut milk
some parsley & shallots

Instructions

Clean and shell the shrimps. Season to taste – I add lime juice, black pepper and salt. Reserve.

Peel and cut the manioc and put in a pot with the chicken stock. Boil it until tender, drain and reserve both the cooking stock and the manioc. Mash the manioc coarsely with a fork or potato masher, adding some of the liquid to help in the process. Once the manioc is mashed, add the coconut milk and mix through.

While the manioc cooks, blend the tomatoes, peppers and onion in a blender. Heat the oils in a large heavy-bottomed casserole and add the tomato mixture. Let it simmer until it is well cooked, about 30 mins.

When the manioc pure is ready the tomato sauce should be done, so add the shrimp to the tomato sauce. Let it cook for about 10 mins, that is until the shrimps are thoroughly cooked. Add in the manioc pure and mix well. If it’s too thick, add some of stock used for cooking the manioc. Keep mixing until it boils – the manioc is heavy and will stick to the bottom and burn unless it is stirred. Add some parsley & shallots (optional) and serve over white rice.

Note: this is a very forgiving dish, so don’t worry too much about being perfectly exact on measurements. I added way too much liquid and didn’t have enough time to boil it off and yet, everybody loved it.

August 13, 2006 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment


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