Carne de vinha d'alho (pork in wine-garlic sauce)
December 12th, 2018 | main dishes
We remember this dish as a very special Christmas dinner on Madeira island. It is already a few years back, we had booked very spontaneously. Arriving on the 24th of December, without any restaurant reservation for the holidays. Just following our noses at Christmas day we ended up in a small fisherman bar near to Maddalena do Mar. The tiny bar was packed. We were the only tourists. There was no menu, and apparently only one single dish. “Christmas dinner”, they told us.
Because understanding was difficult they took me into the kitchen and the chef – with bright eyes – held a pan and a fork under my nose. It was a duel of scents! Wine, onions and lots of garlic – I can’t imagine the Portuguese cuisine without it. In this dish, which is traditionally cooked for Christmas, all of this is combined with marinated pork and the wonderful aroma of citrus fruits… I tried and loved it. Our hosts were happy: “Feliz Natal!”
But of course Carne vinho e alhos is quite excellent all year round. Instead of toasted bread as in the recipe, even Bolo de Caco, the typical bread of Madeira, fits perfectly. If you like it slightly rustic you can also use belly bacon instead of the fillets of pork.
Pork in wine-garlic sauce (Carne vinho e alhos)
(4 – 6 servings – Attention: you need 2 – 3 days for marinating the meat)
Leave me a message
Pescado a la Veracruzana – Mexican tuna
In times when we cannot travel due to the corona pandemic, why not bring a holiday feeling on our plate at home! Last weekend we were on a short culinary trip in Mexico, more precisely in Veracruz on the east coast of Mexico. A wonderful tuna fish with a fiery, colorful sauce awaited us and it was as if we were listening to the sounds of marimba and mariachi in the humid, warm evening air… Viva México!read more
At the kitchen table with Dirk Seiger
The captain had his birthday and invited his loved ones to a very special place: The kitchen of the star chef Dirk Seiger in the gourmet restaurant “Buddenbrooks” in Travemünde on the Baltic Sea. And it’s true, the most beautiful parties always take place in the kitchen!read more
It does not always have to be a leg or saddle of venison: lasagna with roe is a special, classy pasta dish. Deer meat is layered and baked with vegetables, good spices, a fine Riesling sauce, pasta and Taleggio cheese.read more
Beef roulades – the classic par excellence
Beef roulades, gently stewed with dark sauce, everyone loves it. It is probably one of the most typical German dishes. At times, when there was still “the Sunday roast”, roulades could not be missing. How to get the right spin for the rolls, I show you today step by step.read more