More food!

One of our favorite restaurants is Migas, in the lovely riverside village of Mértola (Alentejo). The castle-on-a-river scenery can’t be beat, nor can the opportunity to sit outside on a veranda, looking over the river, while consuming excellent food in the sunshine.

For those who like to live vicariously, here is what a lunch at Migas looked like. There was coelho frito, sautéed rabbit:

coelho frito

…which really should be called “the other white meat.” It’s amazingly lean, and goes well with a red wine. It’s tasty if done right, but dry otherwise.

There was secretos de porco, which my wife loves and I don’t.

Secretos de porco

It’s a cut of pork that is marbled with fat. The Portuguese see it as juicier and tastier due to the fat, but this is one of the rare dishes that I just can’t enjoy.

My favorite was the sopa de tomate, which is not anything like the tomato soup I grew up with.

Sopa de tomate

This is a dish born of poverty and necessity, consisting of a tomato-based broth with an egg poached in it. Traditionally, day-old (or older) bread was tossed into this broth, which made it a cheap and filling dish. If there was meat available, so much the better. In a restaurant, the meat is served on the side and added to the soup by the customer.

Finally, we had my wife’s favorite, and the reason she loves this restaurant: the namesake migas, served here with entrecosto, or rib meat of pork.

migas com entrecosto

Migas is another of those necessity dishes, in which a whole lot of bread is soaked in broth, then molded into a kind of pudding with spices and bits of meat. As with all of the other dishes, it’s filling.

The amazing thing is that we all managed to climb up to the castle tower after this. Or perhaps the right word would be “toddle.”

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to More food!

  1. Hick Crone says:

    To my eyes, that top image looks upside-down. The bottom one looks sideways. I think it is the shadows disorienting me. If I flip the shots so the lemon wedge is at the top for both, they look very, very tasty. As posted, they just give me a wobbly-eyed headache. Just saying…

  2. Alma says:

    Yum! (Although I agree with you about the fatty pork.) That tomato soup is almost exactly like a Swedish dish, only we don’t add meat. I wonder if they have the same origin or if they were invented for the same reason in more than one place?

    Also, I didn’t know Paulo Coelho meant Paul Rabbit! Sounds cooler in Portuguese. 😀

    • oregon expat says:

      I didn’t know Paulo Coelho meant Paul Rabbit! Sounds cooler in Portuguese.

      Doesn’t it? Lots of names sound much cooler in Portuguese, such as Carneiro (male goat), Guerreiro (soldier), Carvalho (oak), Figueira (fig tree), Bota (boot), Pinguinha (little drop!), Silva (blackberry), Ribeiro (small river), Costa (coast), Lagarto (lizard), and many more.

      Also, I have always secretly thought his name should be Pedro Coelho (Peter Rabbit). 😀

      • Jorge says:

        May I pick a nit? May I? Love picking nits. I may? Great!

        Guerreiro is not, scrictly speaking, soldier. It’s warrior.

        Ah! Nice nit this was… 🙂

        In other news, I’m going fat with these posts of yours. :p

  3. Power Wench says:

    Big lunches! The food looks wonderful – I wish we had smell-o-vision too, and even taste-o-vision. Sigh…

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