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Hummus

by Paula

Hummus is an ancient and traditional dish from the Arab culture. It is a kind of pâté made with chickpeas and a few simple ingredients. The only exotic ingredient is tahini, a sesame seed paste, but one that you can already find relatively easily in the supermarkets in the eastern food…

This lemon poppy seed cake falls in the category of simple cakes, of the “mix everything together and bake in the oven” kind, which are my favorites. The lemon scent is however intense and the poppy seeds give texture and look beautiful, small bluish spots dotted on the pale batter.

Christmas is over. We made Christmas doughnuts and sweet rice pudding, confit salted codfish to eat with potatoes and collard greens, set up a large dinner table, toasted with sour cherry liqueur to the joy and fortune of having the family reunited once more and warmed our hands around a…

When I saw this saffron star bread I knew right away that I wanted to do something similar to share with you this Christmas. In this recipe, only the dough is similar. I kept the saffron, because it gives the most beautiful golden color to the dough, but I changed…

Today’s suggestion is a little bit different and is a recipe that I particularly enjoyed making. This black bean burger has a soft texture and a very characteristic taste given by the cumin, garlic and purple onion that are used in the mixture. It is delicious and even those who…

There is not a meal that evokes so much the beginning of autumn to me as a chicken roasted in the oven. This roasted guinea fowl is a less-than-usual alternative that you can use to surprise your guests. However, if you have dificulties in finding a guinea fowl feel free…

FallSweetWinter

Apple muffins with almond streusel

by Paula

To welcome the season that starts today, I suggest you turn on the oven and make some apple muffins, sprinkled with almond streusel. Apples slightly cooked in a syrup of sugar and spices leave the interior moist, while the almond streusel gives a crunchy texture on the outside. Cinnamon, cardamom…

BasicsSavorySummer

Homemade tomato sauce

by Paula

Summer is close to the end but there is still time to make this homemade tomato sauce. It´s always handy to have a couple of jars of tomato sauce in the pantry, available for when you need to speed up some recipe. With plenty of tomatoes in the summer at…

I like it when, in the summer, after a row of days with temperatures to the maximum which leaves my patience to the minimum, comes a gray day, perhaps a few shy drops of rain, those said to only wet the fools, that releases the wonderful earthy aroma from the…

SummerSweet

Yogurt red berries popsicles

by Paula

A popsicle is a summer classic. I remember being a girl and my mother giving me some money to go to and buy a popsicle from the pastry shop on the street. It was a special moment that marked some of the days of my childhood endless summer vacations. Today,…

In a spring that so quickly gives us a beach day as, in the next one, puts us back looking for socks again, I took advantage of one of the good days to make a fresher dessert, a tiramisu ice cream cake, with layers of cream and mascarpone cheese ice…

SavorySpring

Fava bean soup

by Paula

This soup is laborious because it requires peeling the beans twice: the first to remove them from the pods and the second to remove the outer skin. However, all the work and effort involved in preparing this fava bean soup are, in the end, rewarded with a delicate soup, both…

Among the many Easter bread traditions that are found all over Portugal, I especially like three: one from the northeast region of Trás-os-Montes, savory and proudly displaying the good sausages from that region; the one from the southern city of Olhão, rolled and stuffed with a lot of cinnamon and…

Cheesecake is a dessert in which the main layer consists of a mixture of soft cheese (usually cream cheese or ricotta), eggs and sugar. It can have a bottom layer, made from crushed cookies or biscuits, and can even be topped with fruit, whipped cream, jam, chocolate or whatever the…

SavorySpring

Wild asparagus Spanish tortilla

by Paula

Spring has barely set and everyone is already complaining about it. They say that it is late and shy, forgetting that this is a transition season, like autumn, and that it can both enthrall us with the promise of the summer days that are to come, as reminds us of…

FallSweetWinter

Raw chocolate banana cake

by Paula

Another simple cake, a banana cake with raw chocolate, a useful recipe for using those bananas that remain in the fruit bowl and that nobody wants because they’re too ripe. And it’s really important to use those poor forgotten bananas because they are sweeter and that is why this banana…

FallSavoryWinter

No-knead barley bread

by Paula

Homemade bread always reminds me of my paternal grandparents. Especially the aroma of bread baked in a wood-fired oven which remembers me of the heavy corn broas (a Portuguese type of artisan corn bread), which were the only kind of bread that was eaten at their home, a farm lost…

DrinksFallWinter

Hot chocolate (chocolate, beet)

by Paula

If I had to choose an ingredient that would transport me immediately to the winter, that ingredient would be the beet. Its purple color, intense, deep and dark, its earthy taste that leaves the palate and nose the same aroma that the earth releases after the visit of the rain…

My two daughters are very identical in some things and so different in others. When they were very young, between two and four years old, was very hard to make Joana, the oldest, eat any type of soup whereas Rita, the youngest, completely ignored pureed soups, preferring a more substancial…

DrinksWinter

Gin and grapefruit cocktail

by Paula

My friends, today I come here very quickly just to wish you a great year of 2017. May it bring you whatever necessary for a more serene and fulfilled life. With the problem of the broken computer resolved, which has kept me away from here for some time, there are…

FallSavory

Baked octopus with creamy polenta

by Paula

In addition to enjoy cooking and eating, I also like to read about food. Therefore, one article in a Portuguese magazine, Visão, caught my attention: The best octopus in the world is from the Algarve! Says who knows that the octopus from Algarve, that lives a clean and rich in…

Today I leave you a recipe, poached pears with spices and hot chocolate sauce, and also a couple of thoughts on the passage of time. I love my birthday, in this matter I’m like a child. Not because of the gifts, although I take them with pleasure and gratitude, but…

FallSweetWinter

Yogurt, pear and cardamom cake

by Paula

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I’ve been in Turkey for a few days, almost a whole week, divided between work and tourism, with a great weather and some amazing food. As soon as possible, I promise to share with you some of the photographs…

FallSavory

Mushroom risotto with thyme

by Paula

The first risotto I ate, in a restaurant in Lisbon, didn’t left a big impression, seemed a sticky plaster with a shrimp garnishing the top. I started to avoid the dish, without guessing that I had an appointment with a mushroom risotto, in a restaurant at the end of the…

Even when we are short on time, some simple cares are enough to make an ordinary sandwich become more interesting. Renew the usual tuna and egg sandwich adding a thin layer of mustard, grilled asparagus and thinly sliced red onion. It doesn’t give a lot more work than boiling and…

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A simple orange cake

by Paula

When I was little pastry cakes were the exception. Chocolate, yogurt or marble cake were lovingly made at home and, on special days, decorated with egg white frosting and sprinkled with little colored confettis. And, for me, these continue to be the best cakes in the world.

SavorySpring

Pesto braided bread

by Paula

It is not very common to make bread at home, I’m lucky to have a great bakery right outside the door. Wheat, rye, carob or corn bread, large, small, rolls, you name it. I’ve had a bread machine but that type of loaf, equal one after the other, lost to…

SavorySpringSummer

Lamb stuffed baked zucchinis

by Paula

These pretty round zucchinis stuffed with minced lamb are a light and tasty dish. Just add some fluffy couscous on the side, that go great with the lamb meat. Ask your butcher to prepare the minced meat for you.

SpringSummerSweet

Strawberry pavlova

by Paula

Pavlova is a dessert shaped like a cake with a meringue base, invented after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova trip to Australia and New Zealand, and today both countries still argue about which of them invented such a delicacy. The meringue basis is crisp on the outside and soft on…

FallSweetWinter

Chocolate mug cake

by Paula

Today I will write about simple things. Three mills recovered on the Ovil river. The silence is only interrupted by the crackling of the wood on the fireplace or by the sound of the river that runs under the porch, magnified by the rain that continues to fall after some…

FallSavoryWinter

Chilli with baked sweet potato

by Paula

There is much said about the comfort that food provides. We don’t eat only because we have to, because we need to stay healthy and energetic, but also because we like to eat and we withdraw comfort from food and by sharing it. This is also why we don’t like…

SweetWinter

Portuguese Christmas cake (“Bolo-rei”)

by Paula

We are entering the bustle of preparations for Christmas. Bolo-rei (literally “King Cake” in English) is a traditional Portuguese cake that is a staple dessert in any home between Christmas and January 6 (Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day). The base for the recipe came from France during the 19th century…

DrinksFallWinter

Pumpkin spice latte

by Paula

If food are the body, the texture, of a meal, spices are its soul. Salt, of course, fresh herbs, citrus fruit and spices can completely change our perception of a dish. Their taste and aroma may evoke freshness and lightness, or, conversely, convey heat and complexity. I find it difficult…

FallSavory

Warm pumpkin salad with goat cheese

by Paula

Who said in the colder seasons we can not eat a salad or that vegetables have to all end in the soup pot? This warm pumpkin salad with goat cheese has everything it takes to make us happy in a fall day. The goat cheese salty softness and the fresh…

FallSweetWinter

Chocolate apple galette

by Paula

This dessert is a good way to brighten your afternoon on a rainy day like today. It’s easy to do, combines the season apples and nuts and it tastes intensely like chocolate, not being, overall, a very sweet dessert. You can serve it after cooling, if you manage to wait,…

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