Monkfish Rice/Arroz de Tamboril

This is based on a way of cooking rice often used in Portugal for fish/sea food and served as a main dish. It resembles a very wet risotto but considerably lighter in texture.

2 medium sized Monk Fish Tails (skinned, with bone)
1 cup rice (e.g. America White Rice, not easy-cook)
1 Finely Chopped Onion
1 Finely Chopped Garlic Clove
Bunch of Fresh Coriander
1 Cup or chopped v. ripe peeled tomatoes or tin of chopped tomatoes
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp spanish paprika (sweet) [pimenton]
Olive Oil
8-10 Black peppercorns
1-2 Dried red chilie

1. Prepare the monk fish tails and remove any loose skin. Boil whole tails (with bone) in slightly salted water with the bay leaf and peppercorns for 5-10 minutes (do not overcook).

2. Remove the fish to a plate, fillet and return the bones to the water to make a light stock. Cut the fillets in small chunks.

3. In a large pot, fry the chopped onion and crushed red chilies in olive oil until soft, add paprika and garlic. Fry for another couple of minutes then add finely chopped tomatoes. When it starts boiling add the stock to the pot through a strainer; you should have about 8 cups worth of liquid). Cook for 10 minutes then blend with a food processor; you should get an orange-coloured rich texture. Taste and correct seasoning.

4. Bring back to boil and add the rice, stirring occasionally. Just before the rice is completely cooked add the fish and mix with the rice. When cooked, mix in finely chopped fresh coriander and serve immediately. The texture should be wet but slightly creamy.

Note: instead of the stock made with the monkfish you can use a light seafood stock (e.g. prawn or crab cooking water)


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Pedro Rebelo

Pedro is a composer, sound artist and performer. In 2002, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh where he conducted research in both music and architecture. Pedro has recently led participatory projects involving communities in Belfast, favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro, travelling communities in Portugal and a slum town in Mozambique. This work has resulted in sound art exhibitions at venues such as the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Centro Cultural Português Maputo, Espaço Ecco in Brasilia and Parque Lage and Museu da Maré in Rio, Museu Nacional Grão Vasco and MAC Nitéroi. His music has been presented in venues such as the Melbourne Recital Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ars Electronica, Casa da Música, and in events such as Weimarer Frühjahrstage fur zeitgenössische Musik, Wien Modern Festival, Cynetart and Música Viva. His work as a pianist and improvisor has been released by Creative Source Recordings and he has collaborated with musicians such as Chris Brown, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Zingaro, Evan Parker and Pauline Oliveros as well as artists such as Suzanne Lacy. His writings reflect his approach to design and creative practice in a wider understanding of contemporary culture and emerging technologies. Pedro has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (2007), senior visiting professor at UFRJ, Brazil (2014) and Collaborating Researcher at INEM-md Universidade Nova, Lisboa (2016). He has been Music Chair for international conferences such as ICMC 2008, SMC 2009, ISMIR 2012 and has been invited keynote speaker at ANPPOM 2017, ISEA 2017, CCMMR 2016 and EMS 2013. At Queen's University Belfast, he has held posts as Director of Education, Director of Research and Head of School. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Sonic Arts at Queen's and awarded the Northern Bank's "Building Tomorrow's Belfast" prize. He has recently been awarded two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council including the interdisciplinary project “Sounding Conflict”, investigating relationships between sound, music and conflict situations. Ongoing research interests include immersive sound design and augmented listening experiences. Pedro has been appointed Director of the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2021.

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