Bacalhau (Salt Cod) is a common everyday dish seen on many menus across Portugal. Portuguese settlers across the globe with colonies like (Cape Verde, Angola, Macau, Brazil,) took the the tradition of the use of salt code with them so became many adapted recipes. There are said to be over 1000 recipes for Bacalhau, in Portugal alone it boosts a recipe for every day of the year , considered the iconic ingredient of Portuguese cuisine, rarely is fresh Cod consumed fresh as its warm Atlantic seas on the Mediterranean , boasting many different varieties of other fish, with Portugal being the highest consumption per capita within the European Union. With other countries like Spain and Greece whom have vast fish farms of Bass and Bream. Bacalhau is cooked on social occasions and is the traditional during the festival of lent (Good Friday Cod Dish) and with chick peas and olive oil on Christmas Eve in most parts of Portugal.