Chouriço Bread | Pão com Chouriço

My grandma’s chouriço bread was the best. No one in the world could / can make such bread as her. I don’t know if it was her hands, the way she kneaded or something else; the truth is, her chouriço bread was one of a kind.

And I don’t say this because my grandma’s food is better than yours, but because it was for real. When Cantinho de São João existed – a small house where served food and snacks during the weekend in my hometown -, she was one of the cooks and the responsible one for making bread. Everyone loved her bread! When the “restaurant” closed, it was still possible to see people during weekends looking and asking where that famous pão com chouriço was

When she passed away, my mother and aunt were – and still are! – the responsible to make bread in our family reunions. I must admit, they’re good and I like their bread, but it tastes different. Or maybe is just me, that misses my grandmother a lot.

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Easter Folar | Folar da Páscoa

Easter, a time for family and tradition. And for those who believe in something, time for introspection and peace.

It is a Catholic Portuguese festivity, and just like Christmas, Easter is still very connected with religion – the practice to go to Easter Sunday Mass with family, getting home and having a banquet waiting, a lot of sweets and some presents for the youngest, it still is, fortunately, something very natural to witness nowadays.

Commonly it is served meat at meals at Easter Day since during Lent time, meat was cut down or even not eaten at all – after all, it is time for purification and renounce. Traditionally it is served lamb, but also rabbit or pork.

As for the sweets, well, there’s no need to say that is my department! Besides the traditional like rice pudding – it’s mandatory! -, the almonds – every kind, shape and color! -, and lots of chocolates and cakes… Oh my, the cakes! Cakes of all size and shapes, with egg threads, dry cookies, festive cakes, cakes, cakes, cakes…

The most typical is without doubt the folar. It is considered the “bread” of Easter; made with water, salt, eggs and flour. There are two kinds – the savory and sweet folares, as the sweet version is the most common for sure!

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As many others, this cake has a story behind its creation too. In a short version, there was a beautiful young lady who wanted to marry, Continue reading “Easter Folar | Folar da Páscoa”

Fishing in Portugal

Slowly you get to know the best our country has to offer – the wine, the people, and the gastronomy for sure… But we also must not forget something very important and which makes part of our culture, the fishing tradition. Having the Atlantic Ocean as one of our neighbors and the 3rd biggest Exclusive […]

via The Art of Fishing — Backyard Tours

Areias Brancas, The Most Famous Unknown Cake

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Areias Brancas. We could literally translate this to “white sands”. The name of a traditional dessert from Areia Branca beach, in Lourinhã. Beautiful and peaceful place, perfect for surfing and of course, to eat some amazing delicacies 😉

A lady who was raised in a Nun Convent in Lisbon created this small almond pudding. She passed her recipe to the family as it survived to our days, after many generations. The recipe is still a secret and only the family knows it; for me, that is what it makes so special and even more delicious.

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