Recent Recipes

Bacalhau Rice (Arroz de Bacalhau)

For those who love bacalhau, you will absolutely love this dish. For just about everyone else, you probably will too. Bacalhau Rice, or Arroz de Bacalhau, is one of the many unique takes on cooking bacalhau that also happens to be one of my favorites. The cod is simply combined with some cooked rice and perfectly complemented by the flavors of sauteed onions, garlic, olive oil, and freshly sliced leeks. Continue Reading…

Red Pepper Paste (Massa de Pimentão)

Photo Courtesy of Grafe e Faca

Massa de Pimentão is a classic Portuguese red pepper paste that is often used to season just about any ingredient with loads of flavor, most typically before roasting or grilling. As Massa de pimentão is most typically made at home, many have their own unique take on the recipe. Here is Fitta Wine’s wonderful take on Massa de Pimentão along with some red wine for added flavor.
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Carob Brownies (Brownies de Alfarroba)

Carob Brownies, or Brownies de Alfarroba, are a unique Portuguese style take on brownies using carob, known as alfarroba, as a substitute for cocoa. Carob has been commonly used throughout Portugal for centuries, as the warm and dry Mediterranean climate of southern Portugal yields the perfect environment for the carob trees to grow. Carob lends a uniquely sweet flavor and taste to the brownies that while different, in my opinion yields a better tasting brownie. Continue Reading…

Gorreana (Orange Pekoe) Black Tea Review

Gorreana Tea Estate in São Miguel, Azores. Photo courtesy of Heather Greenwood Davis

I love coffee as much as the next person, but tea will always remain my first true caffeinated love. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Whether its the tannins or the often purported effects of the antioxidants, I always feel better while drinking a nice hot cup of pekoe perfection. Unless of course I accidentally brew a cup and forget to drink it, only to subsequently experience the horror of finding its gone cold. Continue Reading…

Fried Green Beans (Peixinhos da Horta)

Fried Green Beans, known in Portugal as Peixinhos da Horta, are a centuries old dish with tons of history that are easy to make and totally delicious. Peixinhos da Horta were initially made on Portuguese ships as a method of keeping the vegetables from going bad. These deliciously fried green beans were introduced in Portuguese travels to Japan and became the inception for what is now known as Japanese Tempura cooking. With the addition of some simple ingredients to flavor the green beans, these crunchy little fried green beans are the perfect snack, and great for serving when guests are around.
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Chouriço and Peppers

Chouriço and Peppers in the slow cooker, it does’t get much better than this. A super hearty and savory dish perfect for just about any chouriço lover. Perfect for eating in a sandwich or stand alone just as well. The unbelievable savory flavor from the chouriço with a slightly spicy kick mixes perfectly while getting slow cooked in combination with the rest of the ingredients. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. Just the wonderful smell of chouriço and peppers in the slow cooker makes this an worthwhile experience in and of itself.
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