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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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Serradura (Sawdust Pudding) (木糠布丁)

Serradura, also known as Sawdust Pudding, is a wonderful Portuguese style dessert originating in Macau during the time when it was still a part of Portugal. Serradura is a wonderful sweet treat that utilizes some heavy whipping cream along with crumbled Bolacha Maria cookies in order to create an elegant chilled dessert. Continue Reading…

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