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”

Chila & Almond Cake | Bolo de Chila e Amêndoa

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January has come and passed as fast as it only could; I barely had time to organize things and come here to wish you a great 2017. But I guess it is not too late to do that! 😉 So friends, foodies and bloggers from the entire World – happy 2017!

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Chocolate Bolo Rei

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What is the best way to start December? I can give you the answer right away: it’s with some Chocolate Bolo Rei! You can read here the story behind the cake. It’s a Christmas cake and we Portuguese, as well as in my house, are used to have it during the Winter months.

As soon as you eat the first slice, you’ll crave for more and more. It’s so delicious and although very fulfilling, you just can’t have enough.

The funny thing is that I actually started to enjoy more Bolo Rei – I found a way to ignore the crystallized fruit, not big fan! -, so now I’m always looking forward to buy or do some at home, and eat as much as I can.

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