Fall

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.

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Hazelnut mocha marble cake

by Paula

The traditional marble cake is one of my daughters’ favorites and this one, despite not being a common marble cake, was equally devoured in a short time. Adding the ground toasted hazelnuts makes the cake moistier and the aroma of the coffee blends perfectly with the dark chocolate.

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…

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Black bean burger with mushrooms

by Paula

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.

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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,…