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!

Nazaré where the Big Waves come to visit!

 Nazare lighthouse top
We had heard about Nazaré from a friend of ours, Bob, whose son is Tom Butler a professional big wave surfer. In fact, just a few days ago on the 18th of December, he surfed the biggest wave ever at 30.8m (100 ft). I mean like the biggest wave ever surfed in the world!! And we know his Dad! I think this is called glowing in someone else’s shine or something like that!

(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.

Cheesecake from Anouschka

Anouschka's cheesecake
My mate Anouschka baked this deevine cake for us and was kind enough to give me the recipe. I have taken the liberty of translating it from German into English.

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.

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.

Lemon Teacake / Bread

Lemon Tea Cake
You met my friend Carola previously in the Beef Stew post and she returns today with yet another great recipe, this time for an English cake. This is so soft and juicy and keeps so well, you just have to love it.

Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake

Bola Bolacha dessert
Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake