Saturday, December 28, 2019

A Portuguese Soup: Caldo Verde

I just happened to stop by Food ‘n Flix a few days ago to see which holiday movie they selected this year. It’s a version of Potluck, you may select your favorite and come up with a corresponding dish.

Personally I like the old staple of Its a Wonderful Life as well as Love, Actually and A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims. We also watched a non traditional “Christmas “ movie Die Hard. Yippe Ki-Ya!

Over a year ago Debra at Eliot’s Eats hosted for Love, Actually and I participated with my favorite storyline, Jamie & Aurelia’s. Without looking at my offering then I laughed once I chose to make a Portuguese soup. Again. Ha!

This time it’s not a  Fish Chowder but a Portuguese classic called Caldo Verde, a pantry soup for hard times. I found the recipe at The Guardian in Nigel Slater’s column. Check out the article and recipe HERE. A British cook inspired a Portuguese Soup for a London based Christmas movie. Brilliant.

Photo credit as mine is awaiting final preparations & I wanted to link up early. More photos to be added later. Hot soup is perfect when you are dealing with dental Issues!

Basic  ingredients of chopped potatoes, garlic, kale (I’ll use spinach), broth, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Since it’s a soup made in hard times the original uses water but broth makes it richer. Also a few chunks of sausage.

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  1. Portuguese food is a complete mystery to me. I have never been to Portugal, but I would really like to visit there and try the food. Your soup looks very easy to make.

    best... mae at

  2. So first I had to check out Food 'n Flix. Then you got me with Nigel Slater, love his recipes.
    And then soup, what could be better?

  3. Gawk -- how have I not known about Food 'n Flix????? Thank You!!!!

    Hope you're tooth issues are sorted out soon. I made split pea with ham soup to use up the Christmas ham. You're soup looks awesome.

  4. What a lovely healthy looking soup with all that green kale. I was in Portugal this past May but didn't try any soups!

  5. It's Christmas Around The World up in your kitchen. Haha! This is one of my favorite soups. I know people hate on kale, but I just love it, as well as potatoes and everything else. Two bowls for me!

    Hope you're doing well! Can't hardly believe it's going to be 2020!

  6. I love Caldo Verde and Love Actually. It looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.
    Happy New Year!

  7. I started my holiday season off by watching Love Actually again! It gets me in the spirit. I love this recipe. Many years ago we spent Christmas in Santa Fe and had a similar soup at El Meson. I think this might be what it was! I've been trying to recreate it for YEARS! Hope your holiday was merry and bright! Glad you linked up!


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