Monday, April 5, 2010

Acorda a Alentejana recipe, Pin Cushion Mobile/Wall hanging

It's finished! The mobile/wall hanging with the pincushions
I've talked about here... it's done!
I used some ideas I found in different places
and put everything together as a mobile/wall hanging.
I think it came out really pretty.

This last week has been busy,
and I have been multitasking,
doing this and that almost at the same time,
busy busy busy...

J has been fairly alright,
except he kinda gave me a big scare yesterday,
breathing problems,
and then I realize what had happen:
I had changed the vent circuit like usually,
but decided to add the extra 20 inches tubing that comes with the circuit
(as the RT had suggested before)...
it really worked well, not pulling as much on his trach, or so I thought,
till his pulse and blood pressure started increasing...
a whole bunch!
As I kept wondering what could be the reason,
I decided to remove the extra tubing, just to make sure...
and there it was!
Everything went back to normal!
Isn't that something?...
I was almost considering call 911 to take him to the ER... just imagine!
I'm just so glad I didn't!

Yesterday was Easter Sunday (Happy Easter you all),
but I didn't get to make anything special...
My sister had sent me some Easter candy and dried cod fish
(obrigada de novo Isabel!),
and I had been wanting to make a Portuguese dish
(acorda a alentejana)
that I've been craving a lot
(it has been way more than 10 years since the last time I made this dish).
It's really easy and traditional from Alentejo,
the Portuguese region that names the dish.
So, this is how I remembered it (will serve about 2):
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 pieces of cod fish (the dried kind, after being rehydrate for about 24 hours)
  • 2 eggs
  • 6/8 slices of day old bread
  • cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste
In a medium pot boil about 4 cups of water, the olive oil and the garlic.
Add the cod fish and let it simmer till it's cooked.
Remove the cod fish when it's cooked, let it cool for a bit,
and then remove the skin and bones. Flake it in small pieces
and returned it into the pot.
Let it get to a boil again and then poach 2 eggs (open the eggs one a time into a small cup and just let it slide into the boiling water).
Decrease the heat and let it simmer for about 10 more minutes.
Slice some day old italian or french bread and place it on the serving bowl.
Pour the broth on top of the bread, with cod pieces and one poached egg.
Season with a pinch of salt & pepper and top with fresh cut cilantro.
If desired sprinkle it with a little bit more of olive oil.
Yummy! I was really craving it!


  1. This sounds sooo good, and happy Easter! I'll have to give it a try!

    I'm also glad to hear you figured out the problem with J. I hate it when I hear he's having problems because of the extra stress it gives you.

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