Eating in Portugal…

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From land to table, cooking and eating create a sense of community, a sense of belonging and most importantly a sense of family and friendly bonds.

In Portugal, life still revolves a lot around the table. Food and meals are still the cornerstone of every family and every social event. You cannot have a social or family gathering without food!

Friends become true friends when….they eat together…
Most families will tell you that the topic of conversation at lunch will be: what´s for dinner?
Although modern life has changed many of our culinary traditions, the fact is that we are still quite traditional when it comes to cooking…and eating.
The Mediterranean diet is still the basis of our eating habits and there are a set of skills and practices that remain untouchable and close to ancient ways. These intangible treasures that every family and community hold should be safeguarded and proudly passed on to future generations.
Culinary traditions are true family pilars. Practices and gestures that every family and community have and that should be safeguarded and proudly passed on to future generations.

I see them as a way of upholding family values and family heritage….a way of creating memories amongst friends…a way of living forever…

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The Great Causeway…

‘Unique’ and ‘superlative’ are just some of the words used to describe this ‘outstanding examples of the most important ecosystems, areas of exceptional natural beauty…’

One wonders how this strange feature of nature came to be…

Though it looks like a man-made work of art, it is in fact an act of nature…

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of thousands of interlocking basalt columns, resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption that occurred a very long time ago. It is located in the northeast coast of Northern Ireland and is one of the most amazing sites on earth…

This incredible geographical e geological wonder was declared as Ireland’s first World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986.

The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s landmarks, attracting visitors from all around the world. It has often been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World…

Considered one of most beautiful scenic drives, Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast & Glens – an area, whose coastline merges into the powerful landscape of its silent glens and lush green parks, is proof of nature’s force..proof of power…

It’s Monday…

cozido rei dos leitões

Unique combination of beef, pork, chicken and sausages generously cooked with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. Sounds boring, right? Wait until you taste it! Nothing like a Portuguese cozido…

Seeing as it is Monday…cozido is today’s special at “Rei dos Leitoes” in Mealhada…

Bifanas…only in Portugal…

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It’s late and I am really hungry…

Years ago, …no matter how late it was, whenever you had a hunger attack, you would go out to the nearest café and have a bifana! A bifana and a glass of cold beer. No questions asked.

Now…due to dietary reasons, instead of rushing out for this delicatessen….I will simply …. write a post!

Bifanas are Portuguese all the way! No matter where you go in Portugal, it is not difficult to find this rich meaty sandwich…

Bifanas are really easy to make..and believe me, they are really easy to eat…

They are thinly sliced pork either grilled, fried or simmered (in a rich paprika-flavoured sauce) and served on a soft roll with mustard or hot chilli sauce…

Ingredients *1 pound thinly cut pork loin *4 or 5 cloves of garlic, crushed *1/2 tsp kosher salt *2 tsp hot sauce *paprika ( I prefer Piri-piri Maçarico!) *a dash of white wine *4 to 6 tbsp of olive oil for frying * Bread rolls, to serve… bifanas2 How it goes…

Mix the seasonings and the pork in a big glass bowl, mix well, gently pat the seasonings on the meat, cover in plastic wrap and let it marinate.

Bifanas are best if you marinate the pork overnight or just for a while…

Heat olive oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Remove the pork from the marinade, drain and fry until lightly browned…

Serve the pork fillets in soft white rolls with mustard… (Here again, try Maçarico hot mustard..something about the taste is really unique …and very Portuguese!)