Custard Cream Cookies / Biscuits (Mom’s recipe)

Mom’s handwritten recipe
I’ve recently found all of Mom’s handwritten recipe books in that “safe place” I’d put them 10 years ago and then promptly forgot where that was! Now if I could just do the same with the myriad of other things I have put in safe places… So I’ve decided to share these deeelicious recipe gems with you! Photos will be added as soon as humanly possible.

Mom’s Chocolate Layer Cake

My beloved mother
My beloved Mother passed away a year ago this week and I still miss her every single day. This is one of her recipes and I have made it hundreds of times throughout my life and it always tastes great. It’s easy and deeelicious – what more could you want?!

Green Tomato Chutney - BEST chutney ever!!

Green Tomato Chutney
At the moment you are probably preparing for a glut of red tomatoes, but the time will come sooner than you think when you are trying to deal with the end if season green tomatoes and you will be ready for them with this recipe! I, and many of my friends, think this is the best chutney recipe EVER. And believe me, I have tried hundreds. Literally.

Bela Vista Restaurant, Odeleite, Portugal

Odeleite village
This is one of our absolute favourite restaurants. Food: great, Service: great, View: great. What more can you ask for?!

Perfect Portugal as Per usual!

Faro island, Portugal
Been a while crocodile, bit I'm back again and full of the joys of Portugal. My wonderful mother passed away in August of last year and I took a 6 month break from writing. I still miss her every single day, but I'm ready to get back to my beloved blog.

Happy New Year 2020!!

Starfish
Apparently in France, the tradition is that you have until the end of January to wish people a happy new year...so I'm not simply late, I'm merely obeying tradition! Here's wishing y'all the best year ever in 2020.

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!