Apple Crumble with Firewater | Crumble de Maçã com Aguardente

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Finally the weather has been really great for working and that’s why I’ve been away for some time. Didn’t have the opportunity to bake or try out new recipes, but that’s ok – I’m having a lot of fun with Backyard Tours this year!

The last thing I’ve made for us was apple crumble – a person needs a special treat once in a while! We have a bunch of apples waiting to be eaten and some of them are getting old; when that happens, I use them for my baking and cooking experiences. No wasting around here!

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Medronhos in our Backyard!

“The medronho can also be used to produce one of the most appreciated beverages in the Algarve, a really strong firewater brandy – as we Portuguese call it, Aguardente de Medronho (…)” . Perfect to end a truly Portuguese meal!

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Backyard Tours_Lagos_MedronhosCommon in all Mediterranean region, Arbutus Unedo (Medronheiro in Portuguese or Strawberry Tree in English), is a small tree sometimes considered a shrub. In Portugal, these small trees are very common to see in the inner Alentejo and in the Algarve, although it grows in other parts of the country as well.

They can pass unnoticed if you don’t pay attention. But when it is the medronho time (the red fruit, when ripe), you’ll notice that they are planted almost everywhere in the Algarve.

Actually, this tree is very ancient since it was the Romans that gave the name of it and used it as symbol of good luck. Some Romans thought the tree had magical powers and because of that, they used to hang tree branches at the door of their houses, to bring them luck.

The name came when the Roman Emperor, Virgilio started to call this…

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Coconut Slices and Jamaican Black Coffee | Fatias de Coco e Café Preto Jamaicano

1.Like the other guy say, “winter is coming”. Summer ended, fall is already here, and winter is finally to come!

These melancholic and sad days are near. I feel it and surely you do too. The days are shorter; the sun doesn’t warm you up… Well, nothing like manage some time to sit down a little bit for a slice of coconut cake and a Jamaican black coffee.

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