Chila Cake (Bolo de Chila)

Chila cake
This is another recipe from our lovely friend Anja ( www.reisenundspeisen.com ) and she made it for her wonderful hubby, Micha, for his 60th birthday. Chila (or Gila) is Portuguese for fig-leaf gourd/pumpkin and gets used a lot in Portuguese desserts and jams.

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad
This recipe is from our mate Anja ( www.reisenundspeisen.com ) and you can find it in German there too. What makes this salad so special is that the finely chopped cabbage is then pressed to release water and this makes the cabbage softer and more delicious. It soaks up the dressing even better after it’s released its water.

Getting to know Anja and Micha

Joerg, Micha & Anja
You’ve met Anja and Micha in many of my posts, but it’s about time you got to know them better as they are awesome friends and travel buddies. Their campervan/home is legendary too – it’s an old banking bus. In the “olden days” (as in 10-20 years ago, sigh), the bus would go to bank-less towns so people could do mobile banking. Who needs internet banking when you could have this?

Philadelphia Tart

Philadelphia Tart
This deevine cake, recipe and photo are all from my mate Anouschka. She is an awesome baker and I unashamedly am posting her recipe and photo here today.

Meet Lucy and her parents, Steffi and Olaf

Lucy with a headscarf
Isn’t Lucy just the cutest doggy in the window? She may have to take off her headscarf if she wants to go to the beach in Nice…

Cheesecake from Anouschka

Anouschka's cheesecake
My mate Anouschka baked this deevine cake for us and was kind enough to give me the recipe. I have taken the liberty of translating it from German into English.

Meet Anouschka, Joachim, Lio and Luis

Anouschka & Joachim & kinder!
We met the deevine foursome 3 years ago and are always happy to meet up with them when we return to our much loved Portugal. You met Lio, The Driving Dog, in an earlier post http://www.acookonthefunnyside.com/content/passion-portugal and this time we spent time with Luis, The Dog Chasing Cat.

Orange Onion Tuna Salad

The Salad
This makes a quick, easy and elegant starter or just a quick everyday salad. It’s deelicious and lovely to look at too! I served it in some lovely big shells our mate Micha collected for me in Pedras del Rei in Portugal, but you obviously aren't going to be able to do the same unless you too befriend Micha!

Stonehenge and my baby sister, Alison

The Stones
My wonderful baby sister, Alison, had her birthday a couple of days ago, so I thought I would tell you all about her visit to Europe a year and a half ago. Gulp, it’s taken me that long to tell you about such a lovely experience.

Cauliflower Carrot Turmeric Soup

Cauliflower soup
I got the idea for this recipe from Nigella Lawson and was quite surprised that her photo was, how shall I put it, not appetizing. Then I made a version of it and low and behold, my photo isn’t appetizing either! BUT the soup is deelicious so don’t be put off by dodgy photos.