So way back in January 2010, I went to Lisbon. I stayed in a reasonable, but most excellent hostel, and went to some fairly nice restaurants. I think I spent more on food per day than I did my accommodation! On my first evening I didn’t stray too far from the hostel, and dined early. For mains I picked rabbit (which was delicious and came with chips!), and I decided to somewhat splashout by having an entree as well. I picked caldo verde. I had no idea what was, or that it was a traditional Portuguese dish (I think I knew it was a soup from the menu). The main reason I picked it because it was cheap (3 or 4 euro from memory). But oh it was delicious – a hearty (but not stodgy) green soup with spicy sausage. I had it a couple more times during my trip (pretty much at every opportunity!) and came away with the vow to make it myself. When I got home I looked up wikipedia and a few recipes, and saved them, and then did nothing… until a couple of weeks ago when I realised that I had all the ingredients (and most specifically chorizo and kale) – without even trying!
And so I made it. I pretty much following this recipe, though I amped up the chorizo (two sausages instead of one), and used kale as my green. I also was a bit concerned about the paprika oil. Was it swirled into the pot? In individual bowls? What if I was just going to eat it ALL BY MYSELF**? So I decided to just mix in the paprika late in the cooking phase, without worrying about the oil (perhaps I will add the paprika earlier in the future).
Someone asked me if my caldo verde tasted like the one I had in Lisbon, but to be honest I can’t remember exactly what it tasted like. But it certainly felt the same – warming, spicy and wholesome.
**Not quite, but close