Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Happy New Year and what Cooking is all about

And this is what it's all about, when your love for food rubs off on your loved ones!

Why do we cook?

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Monday, 21 December 2009

OssoBucco alla Milanese, Snow and Handel

Wow,  it's been a very busy month and I have managed to neglect, not only my blog but all the blogs that I love and follow!

I started the month of December with a bout of BroncoPneumonia which was an experience that scared the living wits out of me, to say the least.
Within a few weeks we had a school inspection and the following week all the oral and written exams. It was a total roller-coaster. The school has closed now for two weeks and I am sighing the deepest sigh of relief.

The snow has been amazing too and my first experience of  temperatures reaching
below -10.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Mascarpone Cake and Philosophical Discussions

So, its been 7 weeks now since we arrived in Modena.

The nights are getting longer and the chill in the air is starting to bite first thing in the morning.
Italian children go to school wearing 4 to 5 layers of clothing, only to have them removed meticulously, once inside. The temperature in the classrooms can rise up to 38 degrees celsius, and thats without the heating on lol.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Gnocchi with Traditional Italian Tomato Sauce

So now for a huge update:
After many trials and tribulations in the UK, I was offered a teaching position in Italy, in the area I had visited whilst on holiday.
The offer was tempting-a good school and amazing food|

Friday, 2 October 2009


I would like to share the recipe for tortellini

I had this in Modena-the region where it's originally from-cooked by a real Italian Mamma!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Portuguese Fish and Chips-Bacalhau a Bras

WELL... it's been a busy week and I've been neglecting, not only my own blog but also the ones I follow! I do apologise, folks!

I wanted to make it up to you and take you on another nice foodie trip.

This one is to a very special place in Portugal called Carcavelos

Friday, 4 September 2009

Spagehtti Carbonara, Watermelon and When In Rome...

So...last time, I took you on a short trip around Belem, on the outskirts of Lisbon.

This time, I decided to take you on another trip around Rome!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Portuguese Custard Tarts-Pasteis de Belem and A Winner!

First of all let me congratulate Rico from Rico-Tried and Tested Recipes as the winner to my giveaway challenge! There is a bottle of excellent Portuguese Extra olive Oil going your way.

And since Rico is Portuguese-and so is the Olive oil- what better way to celebrate Rico's success than with a post on one of Portugal's not so well hidden secrets-Portuguese Custard tarts.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Award and Trying to Catch Up

Well, Im trying hard to catch up with all the comments as Ive been away from the blog for a while and I came across this lovely award given to me by the wonderful Rebecca at Chow and Chatter.

I love her blog (now officially .Com).

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Guest Post-Shortbread with a Tropical Twist

Guest Post from Rebecca at Chow and Chatter-Scottish Shortbread with a Tropical Twist

Scottish Shortbread with a Tropical Twist!

Friday, 31 July 2009

Mock Jamaican Corned beef and Beans Rice or What To Cook When You've Emptied Your Fridge Out

Ok, bags are packed, fridge has been emptied and I'm ready to get away from it all.

Yes my foodie friends, I'm going to hide in some corner of this world and recuperate nice and slowly!

I wont desert you though. I'll keep in touch whenever possible and I have two amazing surprise foodies guest-posting for me.

So, as I was saying, bags are packed, fridge has been emptied...hang on, no food in the fridge???

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Dreams, Le Creuset and A Box of Herbs

***Disclaimer: This post comes with no recipe attached***

Let me tell you a story!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Chicken, children, blogging and Who cares?

Ok, first things first-Recipe!
This is a Portuguese inspired recipe for chicken goujons! My son loves chicken nuggets! They are very popular with children in the UK but I dont trust the ones you buy frozen in the supermarket so I make my own.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Poor FisherWoman's Stew-Homemade Seafood Stew

The very first recipe I published here was of one of my favourite dishes- Caldeirada or Seafood Stew. This is, however and, very much unfortunately, a fairly expensive dish.

I was fortunate enough to have discovered a local Fishmonger's a while ago. These are a true dying breed in the UK as the Brits are not huge fish lovers and tend to purchase their fish in the larger chain supermarkets.
I find the selection of fish in these huge places is so limited and I was thrilled to find my fishmongers.
And even more thrilled to discover it was cheaper! I bought a selection of cod, salmon, prawns and squid and it all came to £6.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Baked Spinach and Chicken Bechamel Pasta

Well, Loving Foodbuzz more and more each day!

I was fortunate enough to encounter a lovely and very helpful foodie in there, going by the name of Rouxbe-Foodie. He regularly posts Cooking School videos which I have found incredibly helpful!
His videos eventually led me to the Rouxbe site.

Monday, 6 July 2009

My First Award!!!

Gorgeous and talented Rebecca at Chow and Chatter has given me my very first award! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
She's a fellow Brit living in the States and a personal trainer, writer and Dietitian. To have someone who knows so much about about food appreciating my blog is quite something and I highly recommend you have a look at her gorgeous recipes!
Her Watermelon Smoothie looks to die for, so refreshing!
Have a look here!
The rules are as follows:

Friday, 3 July 2009

Lime and Mint Tuna Skewers with Parsley and Garlic Buttered Potatoes

On with the healthy Summer Omega 3 oil yummy Feast.

Last night, my fresh Tuna Steaks took centre stage.
The combination of flavours was amazing.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

No Frills'Tortilla de Patatas'-Spanish Potato Omelette

Its very hot in the UK at the moment! YEAYH!!!!
In the summer, I get weird cravings for fish and end up eating nothing but fish and vegetables for 3 months!
This week I decided to plan the menus with a vegetarian/pescatarian theme.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

'Punched' Baked Potatoes and Roasted Mediterranean Cod

In honour of Chez What's Potato Recipe Competition and still having cravings for my baked salted cod-now well gone- I delved into my childhood flavour memories and remembered a Portuguese Potato Classic: Punched potatoes (batatas ao murro). I have no hope to compete with the delicacies presented so far but it has been fun trying!

These potatoes are baked in a Garlic infused Olive oil generous drizzle and once done, gently pressed, or 'punched' if you like, to release all the flavours. The powdery yummy potato filling absorbs the garlic flavours and takes it into a new dimension.
They are traditionally served with Baked Salted Cod:

Monday, 29 June 2009

Portuguese-“looks like Spanish, is read like French and spoken like Italian"

Was being nosey and surfing through Oyster Food and Culture or more precisely reading a very interesting post on Japantown, when I came across another blog followed by Oyster FAC as well.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Chicken Rice Mint and Lemon Soup-Canja

Whenever I'm feeling a bit down or unwell I always crave something that will make me feel warm inside.

When I was a child, I always spent my school holidays in Portugal. The first few days were filled with coughs and sneezes as my body adapted to the change in temperature.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Baked (Salted) Cod-Bacalhau or Bacalao

Having soaked the last remains of frozen salted cod I had from my last trip to Portugal in cold water, I decided to make this semi-traditional in and delicious recipe. Again very simple but rich in flavour.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Beef and Fava Beans Casserole

I made this dish on pure culinary instinct. No recipe, just experimenting with flavours.
It was a case of 'what's left in the freezer and cupboard before the monthly food shopping trip'

I found some Stewing beef, broad beans, carrots, onions and this was the result 3 1/2 hours later.
Tasted really delicious too.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Smoked Fish and a Super Quick Pantry Dinner Recipe

I found some Smoked haddock in the supermarket for half price today!
I quickly grabbed as it look super fresh and you should never pass up a food bargain deal.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Tuna Spaghetti with Broad Beans

And olives-very much optional, but I love them, had them in the cupboard and had to have them!

Now, broad beans or fava beans as they are known in some places in the world, are a must in Portuguese cooking, used in stews and salads.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chorizo Bread

Re-made these today and decided to revive the recipe because I think a lot of people missed it and I do believe this is a moorish bread worth trying.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Italian Fast Food-Pasta in a Creamy Pancetta and Leek Sauce

This sauce does literally take as long to make, as it takes the pasta to cook! Also you only need 4 main ingredients.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Portuguese Roast chicken-Chicken Piri-Piri

In Portugal you see chicken being roasted on a electric spin roast constantly. They are marinated for hours previously and the spicy flavours sip into the flesh during the cooking process.

Piri Piri is the spice of preference.
This Spice gives the chicken an Amazing flavour!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Portuguese Grilled Sardines

The weather is gorgeous here in the UK at the moment!!
It's barbecue time!
Most people go for the traditional sausages, hamburgers, chicken thighs and legs. And if you're lucky, salmon!

To me, real barbecues mean the smell of fresh fish and good quality meats.
Ultimately, I starting missing Portuguese Sardines.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Portuguese Liver with Bacon and Onions

This classic dish is usually made with pork liver in Portugal. Serve the dish with either pan-fried or boiled potatoes.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Traditional Breakfasts from all over the world! What's yours?

Came across this fascinating and beautifully written post about The American Diner Breakfast experience on Papawow's blog.

I found it really interesting thinking about the different cultural traditions in terms of breakfast recipes.

I thought it might be good to start a little thread where we could all share the traditional breakfasts fro our countries.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A bit of fun-you're tagged!

I decided to join mommy gourmet on her tagging post here. It seems like fun and a great way to finding more foodies.

Here's how it works:

I was tagged by mommy gourmet. Then I was asked to post the 6 picture in the 6th folder under my pictures on my computer. Then I was to tell about the picture and tag 6 others to do the same.

The 6th picture is, ironically enough the one Portuguese recipe that was so very popular with my colleagues at work. I baked it, took into work at 8.30 and, by 8.45 there was nothing left but crumbs. My favourite bread and a favourite among some others-Portuguese Chorizo Bread.

And my tags:

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Portuguese Black Eyed Bean Tuna salad

Found some lovely black eyed beans today which took me straight into Portuguese Childhood flavour mode.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Monday, 25 May 2009

Creamy Spinach-a winner with anyone!

Call it a spinach Mousse-:)

Having had my meaty burgers, I looked back at the flavours that accompanied beef when I was a child!

May bank holiday

A little personal note!

We had lovely weather here which is very unusual.
We NEVER get nice weather on a May Bank Holiday in the UK!
So we headed off to the park for some fun and picni-ing!

I wont go into the actual Picnic as it was only me and my 6 year old and he wasn't about to be one of mum's food guinea pigs so here he is:

Alex, eating a plain Cheese and Ham sandwich on a Beautiful May Bank Holiday Monday!

Eureka, the perfect Burger!

I wish I could take credit for this, but no.
I read on a blog somewhere-and if it's you please forgive me for forgetting the name!-that the best seasoning/mix for your homemade burger is simply...wait for it...Salt and pepper!

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Traditional/Old Fashioned Fish Pie

 'Fish pie is a traditional British dish. This pie is usually made with white fish, for example cod, haddock or halibut. It is oven baked in a pie dish but not usually made with the shortcrust or puff pastry casings that is associated with most savoury pies (e.g. steak and kidney pie).
In place of a pastry casing enclosing the pie, a topping of mashed potatoes (sometimes with cheese or vegetables such as onions and leeks added) is used to enclose the contents during baking.'
I wanted to make a traditional Fish Pie, so I turned to the great British Chef that knows all there is to know about British Fish Recipes-Rick Stein.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Portuguese Pork A Alentejana-Surf and Turf

I had some pork loin steaks in my fridge and hadn't a clue as to what to do with them-I'm not a great Pork fan.

I remembered one of my Portuguese favourites-Pork with Clams.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Portuguese Style Baked trout

Not really feeling like cooking tonight (yes, I know, very unusual), and after a week of indulging in English flavours, I sat reminiscing over what I miss the most about Portuguese food.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Good For you-Calves' liver and bacon with onion gravy

Decided to be extra brave today and fill up on the best source of Iron-Liver!Now, I have never eaten or cooked liver before so this was a first and I have to admit against all my expectations, it tasted Gorgeous!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Cream of Vegetables and Spinach Soup-The easiest soup you will ever make!

Popped in to the local greengrocers who had just been to the farmers market and had returned with some amazing looking veg.

Suffering from severe lack of Iron, I decided to make my all-time favourite soup.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Seafood Chinese Noodles

You may think I'm going against my Blog's premise as this is neither a Portuguese or an English Recipe, but we, Brits,do love our Chinese takeways.

So in keeping with my recent cravings, decided to indulge my culinary desires and cook me up a good quality Seafood Chow Mein!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Childhood memories-Chicken soup, true comfort food

Whenever I'm feeling a bit down or unwell I always crave something that will make me feel warm inside.