Fig Almond Carob Cake / Tart

Fig Almond Tart
This is the photograph of a tart we had in Monte Gordo, but the recipe for a different version of the cake. What can I say, no matter how much I beat him, he wouldn't give me the recipe! The Husband said I should have just talked as much as I usually do and he would have given it to me just to get rid of me. Husbands, I tell you.

Monte Gordo, Portugal

Monte Gordo
This former fishing town, now tourist mecca, has become our first stop in Portugal. We discovered it last year through Anja nd Micha ( www.reisenundspeisen.com ) and we luv it. We avoided it originally ‘cos we don’t like tourists. Yes, sigh, I am aware that we too are tourists, but that is clearly different, duh.

Farewell Friends – For Now!

Joerg, Micha, Moni, Anja, Jackie and Bill
The great thing about travelling is meeting people and we have met some deevine people on our travels. The bad thing about travelling is having to say Goodbye and moving on to different horizons. HOWEVER, we know where you live and we will hunt you down!

Happy Valentine's Day

Sunrise in Monte Gordo
My German husband had never even heard of such “a ridiculous” thing before I stood sobbing waiting for my card and present. I, of course, had a secret card for him and a Valentine's Day Introduction Course planned with the help of an elderly neighbour...

Salt Cod (Bacalhau) with Chickpeas and Potatoes

Salt cod with chickpeas at Casa Sousa
The photo is from me again (better than the last one, but then again, it didn’t take a lot to improve on that!) but the recipe is from www.steamykitchen.com Great blog so go and have a look!

Salt Cod (Bacalhau) with Cream

Salt cod with cream at Casa Sousa
The photo is from me from the Casa Sousa restaurant (sorry not my best shot), but the recipe is from http://www.deliciouswordflux.com/ The photos on the website are way better, so have a look.

Casa Sousa Restaurant, Vila Real de Santa Antonio

Casa Sousa, Sandra
This tiny little restaurant was recommended to us by Paul, a sailor we met on the Rio Guardian trip, and it is SUPER to say the least. Do NOT go there if you are on diet (which I permanently am, but I don’t actually/sadly let this stop me…) as the food is true Hip Gold.

The Guadiana River

Guadiana River
The Guadiana River separates Extremadura and Andalucia (Spain) from Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal) and is a favourite area of ours. We stay on the Portuguese side right on the river banks and we go for hikes in the mountains and drinks in the local bar – what could be better?

Can one ever have enough sunset photos?

Sunset in Portugal
Well, let's find out!

Chickpea, Green Bean and Tuna Salad

Chickpea green bean salad
The Husband and I are on a reduced calorie diet (a version of the 5:2 diet which I will tell you about soooon) and are eating a lot more vegetarian meals and we LOVE this salad. We have it for lunch and this is enough for 4 people (and we are big eaters).