Fig Cake | Bolo de Figo

Summer is here and has been fantastic! Besides the warm weather and the beautiful sunny days, Summer for me means more than anything else, fruit! And the king of this season is without doubt the fig.

Waking up, grab my boys and go harvesting some figs, it is what makes me happy! With them, we make a little bit of everything – jams, cakes, cookies or eat them fresh as they are.

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Strawberry Heaven | Delícia de Morango

It has been a while since the last recipe; I even don’t know where to start. The truth is I’ve been going through difficult times. My oven decided to take some permanent vacations in the worst time ever, and between other happenings and a lot of work, the blog has been a little bit forgotten.

Well, not forgotten… Let’s say, it’s only with a little bit of dust! As my mind is always rambling and wandering through food and sweets, recipes and gastronomic experiences…

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Chocolate & Banana Muffins | Queques de Chocolate & Banana

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Summer is finally here. Greetings to the Sun! To barbeques, eating outside and to beautiful days!

In my free days, when I don’t have plans with Backyard Tours – by the way, have you been checking their last adventures? 😉 -, I like to wake up early, do some exercise and then have a calm and good breakfast. Sometimes just coffee with some toasts are ok, but there are those days when you want more and when the urge to mess the kitchen to bake is too high.

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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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