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!

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!

Lemon Bars

This recipe is not from me, but it is super anyway!! My lovely niece, Maya, made this for us and it is sooooooooo good. It is perfect for people on a low carb diet as it is low in carbs, duh! The photo does it no justice, but we ate it before I could take any more photos!

(Non) Banana Bread

Non banana bread
This is a low-carb banana bread recipe that has no bananas in it. Huh? What are you saying there, crazy woman! It does have banana essence (see it’s all becoming clear now right), but tastes somehow banany even without it…

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.

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.

Passion for Pancakes

Lena’s deevine pancakes
Passion is definitely the theme for January so I decided to share another passion, this time one of The Husband’s Passions. Joerg loves pancakes (me too!) and Lena’s pancakes are positively fabulous. I make a mean Apple Pancake (Lynn my American mate can vouch for this), but these are deevine too.

Pizza dough recipe

This is not quite a traditional pizza dough recipe as we add cooked potatoes to the dough, but I promise you, once you’ve tried it, you won’t want it any other way!

Olhão

(Recipe for Churros at the end of the post)
Fishing boat in Olhao harbour
Olhão is another beautiful market town on our Portuguese adventure route. It has stunning market buildings and a great market. The inside market is open every day, but the outside market is only there on Saturdays. Both are well worth visiting.