Cooking in the Landscape took place in Monte Molião

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The Monte Molião offers a panoramic view to the city of Lagos while reveals what is hidden under the soil after archaeological excavations uncovered remains dated back from the Iron Age to Roman times.
It was in this dialogue between traces of a remote past and the visible present a simultaneous encounter between two eras was established.
The Man evolution perspective and the different ways settlements were created it is here visible before our eyes.
This session of Cooking in the Landscape made possible to become aware of the transition between the past and the present , besides of what we could see and listen in the site during the guided tour hosted by professor and archaeologist Ana Margarida Arruda right before the performative action fulfilled this function.
Bringing these two moments, past and present in the creation of a menu as a consequence of these references, influences and contingencies.
During the confection of the menu the participants debated the legacies from the past and creatively added new combinations of ingredients, some of them only recently incorporated into our diet.
Jorge Rocha “helpers” were archeologist Ana Margarida Arruda, in charge of the excavations, Carlos Pereira, researcher of UNIARQ – Archeology Center from the University of Lisbon and also with the participation of Elena Móran, archeologist at Lagos Municipality and researcher of UNIARQ.
The final result was:
– Xerém with cockles and wheat semolina
– Blue shark soup (Prionace glauca) in a broad bean pure base, served with fried bread
– Fried quails (with rice flour to give some crispiness) served with fish sauce, honey, lemon and prunes
– Boiled eggs with a paste of honey coriander, vinegar and fish sauce
– Fresh Oysters
About 80 people attended this session of Cooking in the Landscape at the guided tour and at the gastronomic action. There were about 12 online followers commenting and sending questions. The most challenging part it was when the moment to open the fresh oysters came but luckily there was the intervention of one of the public’s assistants, who, true to his French origin and great oyster appreciator joined the table bringing his expertise for this task.
This action was carried out under the 5th Open Days of Mount Molião, held on 26 August 2015 and was the result of a partnership between the Rizoma Lab Association, the Lagos Municipality and UNIARQ – Archaeology Center at the University of Lisbon .

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