Seafood Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 big onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 0.5 dl ofolive oil
  • 200 g tomato pulp
  • 8 large prawns
  • 200 g peeled shrimps
  • 100 g half shell mussels
  • 100 g shelled clams
  • 100 g clams
  • 400 g of carolino rice
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley or coriander
  • Salt and piri-piri (to season)

Boil the seafood in 1.2L of water, and save the water.

Chop the onion, garlic and red bell pepper, in a pan sauté it in some olive oil slowly.

Add the tomato pulp and the water from boiling the seafood, leave that to simmer, season with salt and piri-piri.

Add the rice and after ten minutes the seafood, cook for another five minutes or until cooked, if necessary, add more water.

Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or coriander.

Bon appetit!

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

150 g cooking chocolate

5 spoons of oil (what type of spoon)

4 eggs size XL

100 g sugar

1 coffee spoon of salt

60 g hazelnut kernel

peppermint

 

Step-by-step:

1. Break the chocolate and melt it in a bain-marie or microwave.

2. Break the eggs, separate the yolks and whites, beat the yolks with the sugar until you get a fluffy, whitish cream and add it to the melted chocolate.

3. Beat the egg whites firm with salt and incorporate them into the previous preparation. Divide the mousse by the bowls and refrigerate until it solidifies (at least three hours).

4. Sprinkle with chopped walnut kernels and mint leaves.

 

Polvo à lagareiro

Ingredients

for 4 people:

  • 1 octopus (about 1 kg)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Chopped coriander
  • Small potatoes for roasting
  • 2 onions

1.      Wash the octopus well. Cook the octopus with a whole peeled onion in salted water until tender. Remove, drain and cut into large pieces.

2.      Wash the potatoes well and leave with the skin on and boil them a little in water seasoned with salt.

3.      Remove the potatoes and give them a small punch to break the skin. Place the potatoes on a tray. Also place the octopus on the tray.

4.      Sauté sliced garlic, chopped onion and coriander in olive oil. Place it over the octopus and potatoes.

5.      Place in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the octopus acquires the flavor of the oil.

Bon appetit!

Octopus Rice

Ingredients:

– 1 octopus (2kg)

– 1 onion in quarters

– 1 bay leaf

– Salt as needed

– 3 cups of rice

– 2 packs of tomato puree

– 1 onion chopped

– 2 cloves of grated garlic

– Olive oil as needed

Prepare:

Cook the octopus together with the onion, salt and bay leaf in a pressure cooker until tender, about 30 minutes. When cooked, remove the broth and chop the octopus and save the broth cooked with the rice.

In a pan, put some olive oil, saute the onion and garlic. When the onion is translucent, add the tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the rice, mix very well and then add the octopus seasoned with salt and 6 cups of octopus water. If you do not have enough, complete with water. Season with more salt to taste.

Cook until the rice is to your taste, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.  Enjoy

 

Walnut Cake

Ingredients:

200g of nuts;

200g of sugar;

100g of flour;

100g butter;

6 eggs;

1 dessert spoon of baking powder;

Preparation:

1.       Break the walnuts and add to the flour and yeast and leave to rest. Turn the oven on, 180 degrees. Grease a pan with butter and sprinkle with flour

2.      Mix the butter with the sugar until you get a cream. Add the eggs, one by one, and always mix very well. Then fold with the flour mixture and continue beating. Put in the cake pan and bake for 40 minutes.

3.      Remove, let cool, and unmold.

4.      Put on a plate and serve with tea or coffee.

Francesinha

(It´s a Portuguese Sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, ham, fresh sausage, steak and covered with melted cheese and a hot and spiced tomato and beer sauce).

Ingredients: 1 francesinha
2 slices of bread;

1 small steak;

1 fresh sausage;

1 linguiça;

2 slices of mild ham;

6 slices of cheese;

1 egg;

Sauce:

1 beer;

½ a jar of tomato passata;

1 dl Porto wine;

1 cube of meat stock

1 tbsp of flour

1 tbsp of butter

Salt to taste

Piri Piri (Portuguese hot chilli sauce)

Fries:

Potatoes cut into french fries

Corn, soy or sunflower oil to fry

Preparation:
Place all the ingredients for the sauce inside a heavy bottomed pan and heat it.
Grill the meats, cut the sausage and linguiça in half and then in 4 equal parts.
On top of a slice of bread place first a slice of cheese, on top place a slice of ham, then the 4 pieces of linguiça, on top the steak, followed by the fresh sausage, another slice of ham and another slice of cheese, top with the other slice of bread and on top a slice of cheese.

Place one slice of cheese on each side of the sandwich and place one more on top.
Put the sandwich inside a preheated oven for a couple of minutes just so the cheese starts to melt but let it toast.

Fry the egg in a bit of hot oil.
Remove from the oven, put the fried egg on top of the sandwich and immediately pour the very hot sauce over it – you want the bottom of the sandwich immersed in sauce and serve with the fries and a cold beer.

 

Mexidos

Ingredients:

  • water (300 ml)
  • sugar (one tablespoon)
  • honey (one tablespoon)
  • cinannon stick (one)
  • salt
  • nuts (waltnuts in pieces, pine nuts and raisins)
  • bread (100g)

Preparation:

In a pan put the water, sugar, honey, cinnamon stick and a dash of salt, boil it for five minutes. Then put the bread (in little pieces) until the bread disappeared and remove the cinnamon stick and use the magic wand to grind the bread.

Add the mix of nuts and stir in well.

Put on the platter and wait until it is cool before sprinkle cinnamon powder on top.

It is ready to serve.

Enjoy

Rabanadas

Ingredients:

  • Slices of bread (baguette with about two or three cm thickness)
  • 600 ml of milk (fat milk or whole milk)
  • Lemon peel (three or four lemon peels (slices of lemon Peel))
  • Cinnamon stick (one)
  • Three tablespoons of sugar
  • Three eggs
  • Ten tablespoons of sugar with one tablespoons of cinnamon powder
  • Oil for fries

Preparation:

In a pan bring half of the milk, the lemon peel, cinnamon stick and the three tablespoons of sugar to the heat. Stir and let it warm for ten minutes on a low heat.

After ten minutes remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon peels. Turn of the heat and stir and add the remaining milk. Let it stand until the milk is cold.

On a soup plate put the milk and put one slice of bread and turn it. Repeat for all the slices of bread.

On a soup plate put the eggs and beat them. Put the slices of bread in the beaten eggs and turn them.

In a frying pan put the oil to heat, put the slice of bread and leave for five. Remove when the slices of bread are golden brown.

In a plate put the sugar with cinnamon powder and turn the golden slices into this mixture.

Put on the plate or platter with absorbent paper and it is ready to serve.

Enjoy!

“Cabidela” Rice

Ingredients:

1.5 kg of field chicken

5 tbsp of olive oil

1 large chopped onion

4 chopped cloves of garlic

2 bay leaves

200 ml of white wine

360 gr of “carolino” rice

175 ml of white wine vinegar

Chopped parsley

Salt (to season)

Pepper or chilli (to season)

A pinch of cumin
Preparation method:

First mix the vinegar with the blood and leave to rest. Season the chicken with salt, pepper or chilli and wrap well, leave to rest for 1 hour (minimum).

In a large pot, sauté the onion, the garlic, the bay leaves with the olive oil. Mix but don’t let it brown. After that add the chicken and let it brown evenly.

After browning the chicken, add the white wine and 2lts of boiled water, cover and boil for 40/50 minutes, up until the chicken is tender.

Now, it’s time to add the rice (you can wash the rice, if you like) mix and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Past this time (you can add more water, if you like the “malandrinho” rice), when it’s boiling add the cumin (optional) and the blood, mix and when it starts to simmer, turn it off. Now it´s ready. Serve immediately and sprinkle with the parsley.

Bom apetite

“AÇORDA ALENTEJANA”

 

I N G R E D I E N T S:

*  garlic , 2 or 3 cloves

* salt

* coriander or pennyroyal or green bell pepper (in my case pepper)

* olive oil

* bread – 1 or 2 days old preferably

* fish , codfish or hake (in my case hake)

* eggs (depends on the amount people)

 

– First , put the fish in a pan and let it cook, the time depends on the fish and your taste

– Chop the garlic and the green pepper, put it on a terrine ( image 2) or bowl add salt and mash  all the ingredients together until it forms a paste. Then add the olive oil, to taste

– Returning to the fish, if it’s already cooked, break the eggs into the pan with the fish in the boiling water. When the eggs are to your taste turn off the stove

–  Now add everything in the terrine with the spices, the water with the fish and the eggs.

– Cut the bread in slices or cubes and put it in the terrine or add it gradually during the meal

Animal usage for scientific research

The use of animals for scientific purposes is a historical procedure in human civilization, but this practice is controversial for societies concerned with the protection of animals. Animal experimentation can be understood as the practice of performing interventions on live or freshly slaughtered animals in order to benefit scientific knowledge. Although developed since ancient times, this procedure is an offence to human sensibilities and arouses discussion among the academic community and animal protection groups. In my opinion, these experimental practices are completely and totally dispensable.

I believe that these practices are unnecessary because, besides bringing pain and suffering to animals, it has the possibility of errors when one wants to transfer interpretations obtained from tests on certain animal species to humans. During this vacation period I was watching a movie called “The Planet of the Animals: The Origin”, in which humans tried a drug on monkeys, which would be the cure for Alzheimer’s. This drug when used in monkeys had other effects than in humans. In this case, in humans this drug didn’t cure the disease and in the monkeys their IQ increased, leading to a huge problem.

I believe in the feasibility of using substitutive research methods and that these would need to be considered. If it would be used to cure a human disease, why was it tested on animals? Why was it not tested on human cells, which simulate the human body? I think this could be one of the alternatives for not having to involve animals in scientific researches.

Animal experimentation focused on scientific research, should not be considered at all. Time and resources should be used also to find alternatives to animal usage. I’m completely against animal use on experimental research, as animals are living beings like humans and they should be left alone.

Rafaela AD3y M/W Teacher – Sean

Ready Player One

 

Ready Player One is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s an American science fiction adventure film launched in 2018. The movie takes place in 2045, when humanity lives in a desolate reality, in poverty with no meaning in life.

 

Most people use virtual reality software to escape the real life. In the Oasis (virtual place) you can do whatever you want, you can be whatever you want, you can choose your avatar, you choose who you want to be.

 

When the creator of Oasis dies, he made a challenge to all users of Oasis. To find his Easter Egg and who find the Easter Egg, win his fortune and the entire control of Oasis.

 

The main character is an orphaned teenager, Wade Watts. In the Oasis his avatar is Parzival and he has some friends there. He meets Art3mis (Samantha in real life. All together they fight to save Oasis from IOI company ruled by Nolan Sorrento.

 

It’s an adventure, science fiction and a romantic movie. Sometimes it all makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t make sense.

 

The clues left by the creator of Oasis (James Halliday), makes you think about, what he really meant with it.

 

But in the end you realise that all mesage is about, enjoy life, do what you like, stay with the people you love and make the planet more humane.

Nelia Ad3ad M/W Teacher-Sean

 

Bear Hunt

An adaptation of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”

It was a hot wonderful summer day. Joe Mariah, Sean and Hannah were preparing the things for the wild camping and they were very excited and not scared at all of the animals.

They walked for a long time when they found a river. A deep, cold and long river. They didn’t have a boat; the only option was to swim through it. Splash Splosh! Splash Splosh! Splash splosh! They walked more when they found a labyrinth. A big and complicated labyrinth. They didn’t have a map; the only option was to find the exit. They walked a little more when they finally found the forest. A big, dense and dark forest where they put their things on the floor and set up their tents.

In the middle of the night the decided to make a fire pit and eat some marshmallows. So, while Sean and Joe were lighting the fire, Hannah went to get the marshmallows, but when she got closer to the bag she said “Oh no! I’ve forgotten the marshmallows!”

“Are you sure? I saw you with them on the way” said Mariah.

“Yeah, but there’s nothing here, and yes I had remembered to bring them.”

“Weird…” said Joe. So, they decided to eat some cookies, but when Sean came closer to the bag he said sadly “Oh no guys, I’ve forgotten the cookies. Sorry.”

“But I saw you eating some of them a couple of hours ago” said Hannah.

“Yes, but there’s nothing here.”

“Strange…” said Joe. So, after all of this they decided to eat some sandwiches, but when Joe came closer to the bag he said, angry and confused, “Wait! The sandwiches aren’t here!”

“Guys, you are too forgetful” said Mariah

“No! I brought them, I know it! Something wrong is not right” said Joe, joking again. Everybody laughed, but they were still hungry, so they started to look for more food. While the others were looking in their tents, Mariah was searching in her bags. That was when she saw something moving under the bags and it was …

“AARGHHH!” she screamed.

“What happened?” asked everyone.

“It’s, it’s….”

“It’s what?” asked Hannah trying to relax Mariah.

“It’s a racoon!” said the boys. So, they ran and ran, until Joe’s house where they stayed all night laughing at Joe’s jokes and eating the cakes from his mum. After all this, we found out that they were very afraid of animals.

Laiz Ad3Y – M/W (Sean)

The King

The King is the most recent Netflix’s historical movie, based on one of the most famous William Shakespeare play known as “Henriad”. The movie shows us an incredible interpretation of the short life of the British who conquered the Kingdom of Britain´s arch enemy, France.

The movie happens in the 15th Century and illustration a climatic and realistic representation of the famous Battle of Agincourt, where you can feel the hope and the fear of the characters as if you were on the battlefield. The amazing performance of Timotheé Chamlamet ( King Henry V) shows really well the character development that goes from a young hedonist prince to a hubristic King who sees himself trapped in battles of personal interests. Alongside the emotionally draining scenes Nicholas Britell created a breathtaking soundtrack that is the cherry on the top of the cake.

However if you are looking for historical accuracy you may be disappointed since the movie describes a historical moment that was massively shortened.  Because of this fact the film can also feel a little bit rushed at the end even if it has a solid end with a plot twist that changes the perception of the story.

All in all, The King is a wonderful and touching movie that represents incredibly the Battle of Agincourt, and will make you want to relisten the stunning soundtrack, and if you want to see a movie that will leave you on the edge of your sofa you should definitely watch this film!

Unbroken

“Unbroken” is a thrilling film, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, based on the extraordinary life of Louis Zamperini, the olympic athlete who join the American army during World War II.

The film begins with a few flashbacks, showing Louis’s life while growing up, his petty youth being an out of the law, and his life as an endurance running athlete.

After joining the American air force, the bombardier and his crew, were caught up in a plane crash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where only himself and two other partners survived. They spent a total of 47 days adrift on a lifeboat, with barely anything to eat and drink, when they finally got rescued, or so they thought. They were captured by a Japanese patrol boat. Zamperini and his mate were taken to different camps as war hostages and remain there until the end of the war.

Zamperini is portrayed as a strong and unbreakable man, whose suffering and dread are not shown at any time. Because of his fearless temperament, he his commander Watanabe’s main enemy, making Louis´s life in the camp the most miserable and painful he could.

Even being sadistically humiliated for all his time captive, he always kept his head up, and didn’t let the commander’s threats and endless punishments get to him, he had only one goal set on his mind, survival. His strength and strong will to survive are what make him such a remarkable character. The accuracy of the visual effects of the time are also a key point that makes this film worth watching. Either you decide to give this movie a chance or not, always keep in mind Zamperini’s quotation that made him thrive through all the obstacles, “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory”.