Monkfish Skewers/Espetada de Tamboril

With barbecue season now completely established it’s time for matching a great way of cooking with delicious fresh ingredients. Monkfish Skewers are a common feature of any seaside restaurant in Portugal. They’re extremely easy to make and absolutely delicious served with a simple butter and lemon sauce. The one important thing to keep in mind with any mixed skewer is that all ingredients should be cut to more or less the same size to allow for even cooking.

Monkfish Skewers

1 Monkfish tail
1 Red pepper (cut in chunks)
1 Onion (cut in eighths)
2 Thick slices of smoked pork belly (cut in 1cm chunks)
2 Tomatoes (cut in quarters)
8 wooden skewers
Olive Oil
3 Tbsps butter
1/2 Lemon

1. Soak the skewers in water before you start. This will prevent them burning later on… Remove the bone from monkfish tail and clean the flesh from all the skin (alternatively ask your fishmonger to do this). Once you have two large fillets from either side of the bone, cut into cubes.
2. Start with the quartered tomatoes and gradually fill the skewers with all the ingredients in an alternating fashion. I like to keep the belly next to the monkfish as this produces an excellent combination of flavours.
3. Once all skewers are ready, season with sea salt and a little pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and grill on hot charcoal. Turn until all sides have a nice finish.
4. Melt the butter and add a few squeezes of lemon juice. Serve the skewers immediately after cooking, pouring a little butter sauce on top and enjoy with a cool dry white wine…

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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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