On Backyard Tours blog, April 25th 1974

An important date is coming closer for the Portuguese people – April 25th, Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day). It is of the most importance and still very recent. Let us tell you why… Before 1974, Portugal was in a fascist regime, the Estado Novo (“New State”), under the Minister President, António de Oliveira Salazar control, […]

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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”

On Backyard Tours blog, A Very Sweet Post!

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A recipe that I’ve done in Backyard Tours. In my opinion, the perfect way to start April! 😉

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For those who know a little bit about Portugal, certainly know that the gastronomy is one of our fortes.

It is tremendously rich from North to South; inland, where the stews and broths are typical, or in the coastline, where the fish and shellfish are kings and the freshest there is. Not to mention the desserts, simply divine!

In the Algarve, most of the sweets are made with almonds, carob and honey, since the region is known for the production of those same ingredients.

And today, we decided to bring you a recipe typical from Monchique, the mountain side and limits of the Algarve.

Monchique, among many things, is known for the fantastic and delicious honey. There isn’t a place where you can find a more pure, golden and marvelous honey than the one from Monchique.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and don’t forget, if you…

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On Backyard Tours blog, Portuguese Expressions

The Portuguese language can be very complex and tricky. It happens very often, sentences or phrases have a second meaning: sometimes good, others sarcastic, but most of the times naughty … Sure they are funny and curious. It is something that makes part of us. Since kids we’re used to hear them from our parents, […]

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