Portuguese Pot au Feu/Cozido à Portuguesa

Classic one pot (well, almost one pot) hearty dish using a variety of meats, charcuterie and vegetables to create a rich broth. This dish will vary considerably depending on which part of Portugal it comes from. Each region will introduce their own sausages, chouriços, pig’s ear and trotter, chicken, blood sausage (morcela) etc. There is really no rule on what to include or leave out but cooking time for each ingredient is crucial so that the dish doesn’t turn into undifferentiated mash… This recipe is a guide on how to time the various types of ingredients.

1 Chouriço (wine marinated smoked sausage)
1 Ham shank
150gr smoked pig’s ear or belly
1 small shin of beef
1 Cabbage
8 Waxy Potatoes (peeled, whole or halved)
4 Carrots (in large chunks)
200gr White beans
2 Onions (peeled and carved with cloves)
8 Cloves

Serves 6
1. Boil the beef shin in plenty of salted water with a whole peeled onion carved with 4 cloves. Skim the surface after 10 minutes and reduce heat to a gently simmer. Cook for at least 2 hours or until meat is falling off the bone. This cooking liquid is the main component of the final broth so it is worth investing in!

2. Cook the white beans with one onion in salted water after soaking overnight. Boil gently for 40−50 minutes or until cooked. Keep the beans in the cooking liquid until service.

3. In a third pot, cook the ham shank in water (if the shank has been salted before do not add more salt). Cook for 1.5-2 hours or until soft. After 1 hour add the pig’s ear or belly. Once cooked remove the meats and discard the water (pork stock is not a good idea).

4. Remove the beef shin when cooked and use the liquid to cook the potatoes, carrots and the chouriço. Cook for 15 minutes then add the cabbage, cut in large chunks along the centre so that leaves keep together.

5. Remove all bones from the meats and cut into chunks.

6. When potatoes are cooked add some of the bean liquid and taste, correcting seasoning if necessary. Dish up a little bit of each ingredient and pour the broth on top.

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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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