Michelin Star cuisine and fine dining meals are great don’t get me wrong, but nothing is comparable with a sunny beach lunch where the sea urchins, clams, oysters and sea food were being caught be fisherman and divers in front of us.
At the very that I walked in the beach, the catch of the moment was being brought from the sea. A couple of fisherman and divers, who had just caught them a few seconds ago, held in their hands the greatest mana that the waters of Madeira can offer: cracas, limpet mussels, oysters, sea urchins, and even an octopus.
I was like a little girl jumping up and down with so much excitement of the idea that I would be tasting the freshest Atlantic ocean flavours ever! The skillets were already hot. In go the limpet mussels together with some olive oil garlic and coriander….
This little bit of the essence of what fresh flavours is really supposed to mean, topped all my expectations and made a serious good impression on the food scene in Madeira.
These very same ocean flavours are what sets Portuguese Cuisine apart for its European counter parts.
Photo by Maria Braga.