Cozinha de Maputo
Cozinha de Maputo or cuisine of Maputo includes a lot of seafood and has a Portuguese influence. On April 15th, the day before Easter, we slowed things down and had lunch at the Maputo Fish Market with our hosts in Mozambique, James and Jeff and late broke bread with Danilo da Silva and his family.
The day was warm, sunny, windy and festive. Families, wind surfers and vendors were out enjoying the day and making final preparations for the Easter holiday celebrations. I love seafood and we'd heard a lot about Mozambique's shrimp which turned out to be the largest shrimp I'd ever seen. The big-clawless lobsters weren't much larger! The new Maputo fish market is on the edge of town not far from the previous site. It's a collection of small stalls where fresh food is prepared in various styles. Patrons sit at picnic tables sipping cool drinks and enjoying the sea-side view and people watch while the fresh food is being prepared to their specifications. Very, very nice.
Our next engagement was a much different experience. Danilo de Silva and his husband Igor were having a family gathering at their home and were kind enough to extend an invitation to us. It was a "brunch" that started at 3:00 pm. I think we left sometime after 9:00 pm! Great conversation and company, fantastic red wine, beef, crab and a special dish prepared by Danilo's mother in a beautiful home. Me and Mike were thankful to our friends for including us. We learned that for Cozinha de Maputo, the people are the most important ingredient.