Christmas Means Bacalhau

Shopping in Intermarche this week we (actually the OH) noticed this Bacalhau Christmas tree.  What a creative way to display and promote Bacalhau! This certainly made me smile.   Related Posts: Bacalhau anyone? It’s as stiff as a board, smells disgusting and looks about as appetizing as the prospect of munching on chipboard. In fact,... Continue Reading →

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Photo Challenge: Unusual

The theme for this week's WordPress Photo Challenge is "Unusual". This is an unusual photograph of a piglet's ear. Yes, you read correctly, and what's more, I was about to eat it! Lunching with some friends I reluctantly ordered Leitão assado à Bairrada (suckling pig). "Okay, no pig deal," I thought as squirmed in my... Continue Reading →

Cozido à Portuguesa

Cozido à Portuguesa is a typical Portuguese stew cooked from a range of wholesome ingredients such as cabbage, pig's ear, porco rabo, blood sausage and other various "unmentionables". I'm assured it's absolutely delicious and a real gastronomic delight...err...experience. I'm not normally one to back down from a challenge (except for eating snails and oysters),but as... Continue Reading →

Farófias com Leite Creme – À la Piglet

This traditional Portuguese recipe is courtesy of Fernanda I'm always keen to try Portuguese recipes so when Fernanda kindly shared this recipe I thought I would experiment. I tried to discover what the word "Farófias" actually meant but unfortunately it did not translate. Any clues please? I've never tasted Farófias before so my taste buds... Continue Reading →

Brigadeiros or Chocolate Cannonballs?

Recipe Brigadeiros are traditionally made from condensed milk, sweetened cocoa powder and butter. Cooked to a fudge consistency,  rolled into little balls and coated in chocolate granules (sprinklers). Ingredients 1 can of sweetened condensed milk 1oz of butter 3 large tablespoons of cocoa powder Chocolate 100s and 1000s (chocolate granules) for decoration Method Place cocoa... Continue Reading →

Tarte de Pascoa (Easter Tart)

This traditional Easter recipe is courtesy of a friend in Northern Portugal. Tarte de Páscoa (Easter Tart) Ingredients Filo pastry (18 circles). I used 2 x 230g packets of *PÂte Feuilletée which I think is ready-made filo pastry. 1 medium onion (finely chopped) 500gr Spinach 4 Hardboiled Eggs 2 Uncooked eggs 70gr Parmesan Cheese 30gr... Continue Reading →

Bacalhau com Natas (Cod in Cream Sauce)

This recipe complete with pictures is courtesy of Sami a Portuguese lady living in Australia! She had to drive 30kms to buy the bacalhau to make this recipe. Sami has a great blog called sami's colourfulworld please "click" across and say hi! Bacalhau com Natas Ingredients 500gr potatoes 500gr cooked and flaked bacalhau (Please see *note below) 3 onions sliced a... Continue Reading →

Leite Creme – Portuguese Custard

This traditional Portuguese custard is usually served on its own, or with cake or fruit. My original intention was to serve the Leite Creme (custard) with my Rhubarb Crumble. Unfortunately, my oven conspired against me and refused to work so my uncooked crumble was subsequently banished to the freezer until my oven is mended. Ingredients... Continue Reading →

An Assador de Barro is NOT a Portuguese Toast Rack

For many years I believed the clay dishes sold by the Artesanos in Portugal (Pottery shops) were toast racks. Yes, toast racks! I pondered over the design of these strange dishes, as you would, and decided Portuguese “toast racks” were extremely impractical as they would not hold many slices of toast. Well what else could... Continue Reading →

Folar – Traditional Portuguese Easter Bread

Baiao kindly shared this picture of their family Folar! This recipe also uses almonds. Shopping at the local farmers market a couple of years ago  I could not help but notice a crowd of women gathering round a particular cake stall. Curiosity eventually getting the better of me I went over to investigate and squeezed... Continue Reading →

Soup from a Stone! – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

You can't get blood from a stone but apparently in Portugal you can get soup!The legend surrounding the recipe for Stone Soup (Sopa de pedra) has been passed down for generations. It made me smile so I thought I would share the story. Many many years ago in the Ribatejo area of Portugal a hungry... Continue Reading →

Bolo Rei – A symbol of the Christmas season in Portugal!

Fascinated by this cake I decided not only to buy one but also research its origins. Bolo Rei is not simply a cake but a true symbol of the Christmas season! The Bolo Rei (King Cake) originated in France and only arrived in Portugal during the mid nineteenth century. It is traditionally eaten on the 25th... Continue Reading →

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