Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and rosemary wedges with home-made tomato sauce

Aliciouslyvegan: Vegan Portuguese Treats

When preparing for our trip to Portugal I soon realised that the Portuguese cuisine is not per-se vegan-friendly. With over 1,700 km of coastline and a pretty rugged backcountry, the typical diet is rich in fish, seafood and cheese. I decided I would eat chips and salad very often.

However, as it turned out, it wasn’t all that bad (and sometimes worse). I didn’t need to starve and had I been more prepared and willing to cook, everything would have been easy and smooth, even as we left Lisbon (where – just like in most bigger cities now – there is small but wonderful veggie-based restaurant scene).

Portuguese antipasti
Olives, hummus, carrots with herbs and harissa and oven-warm bread

In the end, I cooked once, ate chips 3 or 4 times, had 2 salads – and the other days we found me something I liked.

Especially, in the South-East (close to Spain) a lot of places will offer tapas-style food – either as starters or as a main dish. If fat is used for cooking, all restaurants ensured me they were using olive oil. Perfect for vegans!

Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and rosemary wedges with home-made tomato sauce
Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and rosemary wedges seasoned with Tavira sea salt with home-made tomato sauce

Therefore, we savoured:

  • Mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with garlic and oregano
  • Potatoes with rosemary and Tavira sea salt and tomato sauce with allspice
  • Hummus
  • Olives in olive oil
  • Carrots with garlic, ginger, paprika, harissa and coriander
  • Home-made bread
Olive oil, olives and fresh bread
Olive oil, olives and fresh bread

Can you see myself dipping away on the olive oil?

 

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