Savoy cabbage and orange / Wirsingkohl und Orangen

Savoy cabbage and orange
We met the delightful Uschi at a market in Barao de Sao Joao in February and had the pleasure of not only spending some time with her, but also getting to eat a superb Savoy cabbage and orange dish she made. I love trying different dishes and this one certainly took the cake for me. Or the cabbage in this instance…

Razor clams / lingueirao

Fresh razor clams
We had a delicious Feijoada lingueirao at the Bombeiros restaurant in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Translated into English, this is a Bean and Razor clam dish, like a stew, served with rice. It was lovely and I was delighted to get to try razor clams. They are for sale here in bundles the size of a big fist, but I hadn’t cooked them myself until recently.

Romanesco Broccoli Chicken Pie

The Pie
My mate Annie told me about a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe for a Cauliflower broccoli blue cheese pie that she and Andy love, so I decided to look it up and give it a try. But as I only had half the ingredients, wanted to make something with chicken and had a guest who doesn’t like blue cheese, a whole nother pie was born!

Andy’s Awesome 3-ingredient Dessert

Andy’s dessert
Let me start off by saying that this is no dessert for the faint hearted. This is a dessert for toughies, not sissies. Well, if you can even call it a dessert… But let me first start by introducing you to our awesome mates, Andy and Annie.

Dolmen Church and St. Paul’s in Pavia, Portugal

Dolmen church Pavia
We stopped in this tiny village as I’d heard that there was a Dolmen church here…no, me either, so I googled it to save you having too. A Dolmen is also known as a cromlech (like that’s a help!) is a single-chamber tomb, mostly dating from 4000-3000BC. So like 7000 years old!

Uta’s Cauliflower Oat Patties

 Cauliflower Oat Patties
Uta and Markus are more deevine family members on my husband’s side and we just love them. Markus is Joerg’s cousin and Uta is his wife. We were lucky enough to be able to spend a little time with them this summer and Uta made these deeelicious patties for us.

Os Bombeiros Restaurante/snack bar, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

 Os Bombeiros restaurant
As is the case with so many great meals that we’ve had in Portugal, a restaurant will often be called a snack bar and you wouldn’t even think to go and eat there. Our good friend, Moni, recommended this eatery to us and we were delighted with the great food we had there.

Coruche Balloon Festival Portugal

 Coruche balloon festival
Coruche is situated about 48km inland from Lisbon and we discovered it and its Balloon Festival quite by chance. I tend to look for rivers, lakes or dams for overnight stops and this is how we discovered Coruche. And they threw in a balloon festival to impress us too!

Beef Olives / Rouladen Recipe

 Beef olives
Beef olives have nothing to do with olives that you pick from a tree, but it is thought that the name comes more from its shape than anything else. In some countries one uses the German word rouladen or roulades, and in others olives. Whatever you call them, they are deeelicious and Tante Inge’s recipe is to die for!

Restaurant Prates (Café Snack Bar) Igrejinha, Portugal

 Great olives!
We had spotted a different restaurant on our way through town and had actually intended to go there, but it was closed on Tuesday, so I had to find something else. Thank goodness as this restaurant was super and proved to be better than the other one. I asked a local passer-by where to go and with lots of gesticulation, we found Prates.