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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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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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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Low-Fat Brownies | Brownies de Baixo Teor de Gordura

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This year has been, so far, full of gluttony. I haven’t been that much cautious with what I eat and I’ve found difficult to reduce the sugar in my daily basis. These are still effects from Christmas and New Year excesses.

But I realized I could still eat and do what I love – to bake; I just have to adapt everything to my needs for this moment in particular… And eventually, everything will return to normal.

This is a “critical” time for me – I’m preparing myself for my first half-marathon at the moment. Yes, it’s true, I’m a runner, and yes, it’s possible to balance cakes and candies with running or any other regular physical activity! Both my mind and body have to grow stronger, so I have to be very careful with what I eat – meaning, no fat nor sugar! Of course, I’m allowed to “slip” once in a while – I’m not looking to be a top athlete!

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