Creamed Bacalhau/Bacalhau com Natas

One of the popular 1001 bacalhau (salted cod) recipes, this is certainly on entry level as far as eating salted cod is concerned. The flavour of the cod infuses the creamy sauce which in the oven forms a delicious gratin crust. This dish uses flaked cod so you don’t need prime cuts however, the better the cod the better the dish. This recipe uses fried potatoes but these can be replaced by boiled potato cubes though it is important that the whole thing doesn’t turn into mash so stay away from floury potatoes!

250gr Salted Cod (Soaked for 48 hours changing water twice a day)
250gr Fried potato in small cubes (prepared in advance)
1 large onion, sliced
2 bay leaves
2.5 dl full cream
2.5 dl milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Olive oil
6 black peppercorns
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
Grated nutmeg and black pepper to taste

1. Parboil the cod pieces in milk with the bay leaves and peppercorns for about 5 minutes at moderate heat then flake, removing any bones and skin (keep the infused milk).

2. In a large pot, fry the sliced onions in butter and olive oil until soft then add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.

3. Add the cod and half the milk and mix all the ingredients gently

4. Add the fried potatoes and the cream stir gently and season with nutmeg, pepper and salt, tasting carefully and adjusting consistency with more milk if required. The texture should be creamy and rich.

5. Transfer to a oven dish and gratin in a hot oven for about 15 minutes or until you get a golden crust.

6. Let the dish rest for a few minutes and serve with a green salad or on a bed of sauteed spinach.


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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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