10 Useful Facts About The Carob Tree (Árvore de Alfarrobeiras)

Or should this be "10 useful facts I did not know about the Carob tree"? Lacking inspiration for this week's Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge - theme: "Growth" , I stumbled across this picture of an old Carob tree (Árvore de alfarrobeiras).  I'd taken the picture on our first geo-cache expedition and according to the accompanying blurb about... Continue Reading →

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Simple Yummy Nougatine

During one of our visits to France I discovered an addictive sweet biscuit called nougatine. It's a wafer thin almond concoction eaten with coffee/tea or used as a decorative wafer when serving ice cream. Or if you are like me, and a real pig, you could munch your way through this addictive creation in one... Continue Reading →

Raisins – I “wonder” why they have pips?

Post inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge This week's theme is "Wonder" Our very basic knowledge of Portuguese often means simple tasks turn into a challenge; today’s experience is a typical example. Although I continue to study Portuguese I am struggling – the more I try, the more stressed I become! After my recent... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Humble Strawberry “Flower”

The theme of this week's WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Flowers I have many beautiful flowers in my garden but their beauty soon fades and their flowers wither and die. Now consider the flowers produced by the humble strawberry plant. I grow all my strawberry plants in various containers even plastic crates. These humble plants... 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 →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is "Entrance" A short walk from the chic designer shops are the historic "back" streets of Lisbon. I personally find wandering round observing the architecture and appreciating everyday life far more interesting than looking at material things I can neither afford, or if I could would even want. Is... 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 →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

This week’s, now last week's WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is/was "Broken" (I should have removed the greasy fingerprints from the oven door BEFORE taking the photo!) I trawled through my photographs for over an hour looking for inspiration as to a suitable photo for this weeks now last week's photo challenge “Broken” Nada! The photo... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is “Colorful” We were on our way to a restaurant with some friends when I spotted this colorfully painted truck in the car park. “Perfect”, I thought “Result! - just the picture I’d been looking for this week’s "Colorful" photo challenge theme”. Camera always to the ready I could... Continue Reading →

Praia do Carvalhal – A visit to the beach in the Alentajo

When you want to relax and escape the rat-race of the Algarve I recommend you visit the unspoilt sandy beaches in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina on the West Coast of Portugal. However, if you are looking for beach activities, entertainment, tourist shops etc  as in Portimão and Albufeira these more "rustic"... 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 →

Vegetable Diary July – I will never be self sufficient!

My "Monthly Diary" and the saga of my attempts to grow my own fruit and veg continues... My success rate to date leads me to believe that even if I had a large enough plot I certainly would not be self-sufficient by any stretch of the imagination! Zucchini (Courgettes) My zucchini are still desperately clinging to... Continue Reading →

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