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Taro Curry

In the island of São Jorge (St. George), particularly in the fajãs of Calheta, the inhame was, in times, so important for it’s people to thrive, that they were known as inhameiros (the inhame people).

The inhame was, by that time, considered the food of the poor and the slaves. Because of that, it was never submited to the dízimo (a religious christian tax). It was not a pleasent surprise when these guys found out that they would start paying it.

And worse than paying the dízimo, the farmers would even had to carry all the inhame to pay, from the fields to the collecting point. Stuff like wheat, corn or wine would always be taxed and paid in the fields, but the inhame, they would have to pay afterwards.

So, as you can imagine, carrying several kilos of inhame on your back, from the fajãs to the thorp, 500 or 600 meters all the way up, through goat tracks along the cliffs, was just an amazing experience. But giving it away to the crown at the end, was just the cherry on the top of the cake.

Thanks to this brilliant ideia, of course the farmers lost their shit and they went berserk. People died because of taro, just for you to understand how much they did enjoy that shit.

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Arakas me Aginares – Peas with Artichokes

Anyways, all my favorite dishes used to have one thing in common – animal protein. Yes, I am not vegan because I used to like fish or meat less than you. And no, I don’t miss it, whatever that means. But even though all the animal products had been cut out of my diet, my fascination with certain products has continued. I still love stews with beans, cabbage and sweet potato, I still like to eat my chickpeas even without any codfish and I still the biggest fan of peas. About the sardines, well, they can keep doing their thing.

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Giant beans, chestnuts and stuff with rice

Now, just cut the bullsh*t and go get your beans and green stuff and you’ll see you’ll be saving some cash. Try just replacing some of your big meals or even try it for a week. You’ll see I’m right. If you lack on free time, or if you’re just a lazy motherf*cker, do it like me – cook one or two big pots of stew or something that last you for a week. There is nothing I like to cook better than big pots. At our place, we love stews, cury, casseroles and stuff like that. And rice. Lots of rice. Specially Joana.

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