When I lived for a year in Evora, Portugal, I rented half of a house. Originally, it was one big one, but the owners decided that it was more convenient to split it and rent half of it out.
Luckily, the owners were an amazing family that I will never, ever forget.
We used to have late night tea together, in their scrappy backyard, with the dogs wagging and the fragrant lemon verbena leaves soaking in our mugs. It was peaceful, and I loved it.
And more often than not, she’d cook me something. Sometimes a cake, sometimes rice with milk and once, after an evening in which the wind was blowing so hard the Panda 4×4 shimmered, parked on top of a hill, while I tried to find the otter’s collar’s radio signal, sopa de agriao.
Sopa de agriao is a warm, comforting food. Possibly (what am I about to say!?) better than chicken soup for warming your soul from the tips of your hair to the tips of your toes. It’s a thick, healthy, velvety, goodness that I simply cannot do without.
Here’s the recipe.
The good thing about this soup is that, having potatoes, no cream or milk is necessary and that makes it less fatty.