Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate beetroot cake
Yup, you read right. A cake with beetroot. And let me tell you, it is awesome! You can’t taste the beetroot at all, but what it does is make the cake so moist, a bit like a brownie cake. Try it – I promise you’ll love it!

Nectarines with Honey and Strawberry Cobbles/Biscuits

Nectarines and cobbles
I’ve been cooking up a storm the last month or two, but have not gotten around to telling you about it. But today’s the day!! I made this for the wonderful Tante Inge and Onkel Günter last week and they loved it and asked for the recipe – always a good sign. They drove 4 hours to come and celebrate Karl’s 84th birthday (my father-in-law) – thanks for coming!

Festival do Contrabando / Smugglers Festival

Festival do Contrabando
Last weekend, 29, 30 and 31 March, Alcoutim (Portugal) and Sanlucar de Guadiana (Spain), hosted an amazing festival which I am delighted to say we were able to enjoy to the fullest! Ourselves and, at a rough guesstimate, 10 000 other people too. Well done to both villages!

Conger Eel (Safio) with rice and tomatoes

Conger eel
I love trying out new dishes and cooking with foods I’ve never even heard of never mind cooked. I went to the local fish counter and had the pleasure of being dealt with by Daniel, a kind, helpful and delightful man who gave me cooking tips for Safio – conger eel. I didn’t even know what it was so I was very happy for his input. And for google telling me what it was!

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.