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If this lip-smacking Portuguese delicacy could speak

There is an invaluable life lesson this Portuguese gourmet dish presents to us.

Sorpotel

‘What appears to be a problem could be converted into a blessing.’

The key is to sort through this lesson is to get to the bottom-line: ‘Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from your hidden blessing!’

Born and raised in Goa, a locale once colonised by the Portuguese, I can vouch for the rustic, colonial atmosphere that prevailed which gives this destination a unique touch.

The Church in Panjim

Contributing to the natural beauty of the stunning hills and gorgeous beaches, is a visible imprint of the Portuguese culture.

The Goan Beach
Fun at the Beach

The leisurely lanes, eye-catching church steeples, the little taverns, and most of all the distinct cuisine, they all offer impressive remnants of Portuguese influence.

Streets in Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus

Among them, one of the most relished dishes influenced by the Portuguese in Goa is the Sorpotel.

Sorpotel

Sorpotel’s origin is humble, colonial, inspiring.

The story is told that at a time when African slaves did not have the privilege of eating good meat, the luxury of eating the best meat belonged to their masters. The leftover body parts that were rejected as waste was given to these slaves.

The hard-working slaves took ‘the rejected‘ meat parts, the tail, ear, intestines, tongue, heart, liver and prepared a tasty, luscious something out of it.

Pork Sorpotel!

Sorpotel is a red meat curry that is wonderfully tangy and spicy at the same time.

Here is a quick method of how this zesty dish is prepared:

  1. Boiling the Pork. 
  2. Dicing the boiled Pork.
  3. Mixing red chilli and spices with vinegar.
  4. Grinding it into a paste to have the masala ready.
  5. Frying the boiled meat.
  6. Sauté onions until golden brown.
  7. Adding the meat and the masala to the onions.
  8. Cooking the rich red gravy until tender.
  9. Stir in desired amount of salt.
  10. Simmering for 20 minutes more and allowing the sweet-sour aroma to emanate.

There you are!

Por favor você pode me trazer um pouco de Sorpotel?

That’s me trying a bit of Portuguese.

There may be a few variations of preparing the Pork Sorpotel, but it remains a preferred delicacy that is thoroughly relished.

What began from waste. What was made with that which was ‘rejected‘. What started as a poor man’s food, is now a rich, much sought after delicacy.

Wafting through the delectable aroma, is a rhapsody, a message that the Pork Sorpotel whispers, “look closely, there could be a blessing right within your problem”.

Go find it!

Even though David was anointed by the prophet Samuel as God’s chosen to be the King, he had to wait for a long time to be on the throne. Until then, he was taking care of sheep in the wild. Then, one day David came across a huge problem that threatened the entire nation.

While everyone was afraid of the ‘Giant issue’ David was bold and trusted his God. He was only a young boy when he stepped up to face the challenge from the Giant. He took on the challenge and voila! He defeated Goliath. The handsome reward that was announced for the one who kills the Giant was handed over to David.

Wrapped up in that problem was David’s biggest breakthrough!

Bible Verse:

1st Samuel 17:25

The King will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.”

Does it seem like life has dealt you a bad hand?

Are you facing a “Giant Problem”?

Has there been a prolonged delay in finding an answer?

I encourage you to look to the Lord.

No matter what you are left to deal with.

No matter where you are at in your life situation.

No matter how long the delay has been.

Remember the God of David is able.

He cares about you.

As you reflect on this, let me wish you a refreshing weekend and a new week filled with blessings.

I would also be happy to hear your thoughts on this post so please take a moment to comment.

Cheering you on!

Sophie

37 comments on “If this lip-smacking Portuguese delicacy could speak

  1. francisashis
    June 18, 2021

    Thank you very much for the Portuguese delicacy and the inspiring gospel message.Take care🌹🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  2. saltofportugal
    June 18, 2021

    Great post and recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. vgeorg
    June 18, 2021

    Very interesting post. Portuguese delicious cuisine, encouraging words of faith. God bless!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 18, 2021

      Aw. Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy that you liked this post. It is truly delicious. Glad I could share a few words of faith. Thank you for being part of this journey and making it interesting and worthwhile with each visit and comment. It really goes a long way in encouraging me to continue as there’s much time and effort that goes into this. The only value I receive currently is the priceless comments from readers and followers like yourself. So please do continue.

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  4. Little Miss Traveller
    June 18, 2021

    Sounds delicious Sophia and a really nice post too.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Karmen
    June 18, 2021

    Very nostalgic post with the memories from Goa and the connection made to give our the message at the same time. Interesting!

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  6. Roger Baker-Utah
    June 19, 2021

    Deve ser bem delicioso!

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  7. Perth Girl
    June 19, 2021

    The dish looks appetising. A very encouraging word you share. May we look to the Lord and for the blessing within the problem we face.
    Blessings to you Sophia.

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    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 19, 2021

      It is as tasty as it looks or perhaps tastes even better. Maybe someday I could treat you to this awesome delicacy? Let’s pray that the Lord will create an opportunity. Thanks for your blessings.

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  8. Deborah Rutherford
    June 19, 2021

    Very beautiful- thank you!

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  9. Trisha Goswami
    June 19, 2021

    Lovely post. Can’t wait to try sorpotel the next time I’m in Goa😍

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    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 19, 2021

      Thanks Trisha. Can’t wait to travel again myself. Let me know when you plan to travel so we can catch up if i’m there at that time. All the best.

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  10. Raj SJ
    June 19, 2021

    Amazing post! really I enjoy it

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  11. ashok
    June 19, 2021

    Goa has been one of my favourite destinations and I love it 🥰

    Unfortunately I am a vegan and can’t enjoy this delicacy 😊

    So awesome Sophia to look for hidden blessings 👏

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  12. SpaniardVIII
    June 19, 2021

    Excellent post on David and Goliath and its life application when it comes to trusting in the Lord with you have a Giant-Goliath problem.

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  13. great post! you made me hungry!!

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  14. Love Alone
    June 19, 2021

    Reblogged this on Love & Love Alone.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. judeitakali
    June 20, 2021

    This is so rich with history and the structure is gorgeous. A delicious looking meal too.

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    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 20, 2021

      Absolutely right Jude. I love both the rich culture that prevails in Goa an Portugal as well as the food. Please consider yourself invited to an authentic Goan meal from my side. Happy to host you anytime it is feasible for us both.

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  16. wetanddustyroads
    June 21, 2021

    Love the streets of Goa (and the beautiful church as well). The sorpotel recipe looks great (not too difficult to prepare), so we can maybe give this a try – it certainly sounds delicious!
    Your story of David and Goliath reminds me once again of how amazing it is to trust God – sometimes it’s difficult to continue to trust, but the end result is always worth it 💌.

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  17. footlooseinme
    June 22, 2021

    This is an interesting post Sophia. Loved your motivating message tagged along. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Shaily Agrawal
    June 23, 2021

    Hi Sophia,

    Just wanted to let you know that I published my first short-story collection, The Forest Bed. The eBook is free on Kindle until 26 June 11.59 PDT. Could you please go through it and provide an honest review? Please please pleeeease…. Here’s are the details: https://fishinthetrees.home.blog/2021/06/23/the-forest-bed-free-ebook-2/

    Also, please help me spread the news before the offer gets over.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      June 26, 2021

      Hi Shaily: So happy for you. I wish you all the best in your journey. This certainly seems like a labour of love and I pray that you experience the favour of God over this effort. I just logged into goodreads after ages, thanks to you and shared my review after reading your stories, truly well done. All the best and i’ll be cheering you on always.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Jonathan Caswell
    July 12, 2021

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford.

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