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).

Sunset Boys

Joerg and Micha
Does this beautiful photograph need any explanations? It was our first day in Portugal with our friends Anja, Micha and Angela (no not, Ms Merkel!) and the sky was magnificent.

Torre del Mar, Andalusia, Spain

Torre del Mar
Torre is another firm favorite of ours on the Spanish coast. They have, however, fallen somewhat into our bad books as they no longer allow camper vans to park overnight in EMPTY car parks. Very silly is all I have to say – I will spend my Pesetas elsewhere then thank you very much.

La Redondela, Huelva, Spain

La Redondela
I have stopped greeting Spanish men on my walks as they seem to think I'm trying to pick them up! But really, I'm only trying to pick up the really good looking ones... No, I know only greet couples, but that can also be dodgy...