Bacalhau

If you know anything about Portuguese cuisine you will know that bacalhau (salted cod) is an obsession. We believe there are thousands of ways of preparing this delicious cured fish which is as close as one can get to a national dish. Here, we combine the flavourful bacalhau with a sweet roast celeriac puree and stewed leek and seaweed mix. This recipe uses the sous vide technique to highlight bacalhau’s soft and creamy texture. We prepare this recipe using the Anova but it will work with any sous vide machinery. Picture show an (optional) foam made of mussel juice and soy lecithin.

2 large bacalhau portions/postas (soaked for three days in cold water)
2 cups of roast celeriac (peel and cut a celeriac in cubes and roast with a little olive oil and salt for 40 minutes, turning occasionally)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Three leeks (sliced and washed)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp dried wakame seaweed
Sea salt
For the parsley and garlic oil
1 small bunch of fresh Parsley
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 peeled clove of garlic
Small pinch of salt
Serves 4
  1. Remove the bone from the bacalhau to make four boneless pieces. Place in ziplock bag with a little olive oil. Set the Anova to 55º and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the leeks in low heat with the butter and a little salt. Soak the wakame in hot water for 10 minutes. To serve mix the leeks and the seaweed to make a bed for the cod.
  3. Make the celeriac purée by blending together with almond milk and gently warming up just a few minutes before the cod is ready.
  4. Make the parsley and garlic oil by blending all ingredients with a hand blender.
  5. If making the foam use concentrated mussel juice, add soy lecithin (0.5% the weight of the liquid) and use a hand blender to foam. The foam (or air) is spooned out to the plate.
  6. Plate by placing a layer of the celeriac purée, a bed of leek and wakame and the sous vide cod. Spoon a little parsley and garlic oil and foam if using and serve immediately.

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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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