Cooking in Landscape 2015 edition ended in the Chapel of Nª Srª de Guadalupe

[Not a valid template]In this closing session of Cooking in the Landscape held inside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the audience that hit the 92 people, was disposed facing the front door – a generally privileged perspective for who directs religious rituals. So the view focused on the road leading to the chapel, which was covered by the Infante Dom Henrique who had chosen this area for self exile and later years. In the guided tour that preceded the culinary session, Manuel Ramos and Rui Parreira, the invited researchers, explained and introduced the historical data that contextualize this place of worship, which is between the religious and the profane, visible dichotomy in small details inside the room – with the particularity of the central figure being the black virgin of Our Lady of Guadalupe..
The ingredients were harmoniously arranged on the table, waiting for the hand of the artist Jorge Rocha to begin the performance, driven by both the inspiration and the knowledge of the origins, flavors, smells and textures – the cuisine is an art, art of giving eating, art of sharing pleasure, art that ritualises what is common to all – food, sustenance.
Tomatoes, the most Mediterranean of fruit that insists always hangout with the vegetables – the soup was made. It was cooked the chicken, split into two – one with peanut butter sauce, other accompanied by Quinces – cooked in the Tagine. The salad was made with avocado and wheat. One Cachupa was developed – called poor by having little meat, just to give the flavor. Can you see what the crossings gives? The smell that invaded the place brought stories and memories coming from remote sources, which offered a colorful contrast to the gray lurking out there that framed the beautiful scenery.

Over the eight sessions of Cooking in the Landscape, carried out in 2015, it was possible to draw a vision of how history intersects intrinsically the most everyday habits of a certain community.
Joining scientific knowledge of the areas of research in Archaeology, Heritage, History and Art History, Museology, Botany etc, with diets and over time integrated eating habits is achieved, frame how the historical and cultural cross enriches and multiplies diversity the “charms” of Gastronomy: ways of using the resources available in the regions and / or integrate new ingredients and formulas brought by people who crossed the territory, be they Arabs, Romans, Celts or prehistoric as well as bring new things from overseas, all the potential offered by the period of the Portuguese Discoveries whose influences extend to the present day.
This is how, through Fortaleza de Sagres; Tavira Castle; the Paleolithic Rockshelter in Vale do Boi , Vila do Bispo Municipality; Castle of Salir, Loulé Municipality; Monte Molião, Lagos Municipality; Monastery of Santa Maria Flor de rosa, Municipality of Crato; Olhão Markets and finally the Chapel Our Lady Guadalupe, Vila do Bispo Municipality was held this timeless journey, with the palate as a guide. Thanks be many long. So here is a very big Thank You to all who helped and contributed to the realization of this project and to all who watched and followed this culinary journey.

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