Cafe Espresso

Recently, whilst visiting Sagres, we found a real gem: Café Espresso. Located within the Mareta Beach Hotel, it reminds me of the likes of Starbucks (which, sadly, we don’t have in the region – we have to travel to Lisbon for a Starbucks treat!). One of the things I love about living in Portugal is the cafe culture. Unlike Britain, where people tend to meet for a beer, here we generally meet up in one of the thousands of cafes and… Read more »

Tomato and onion broth

When I fancy something simple for lunch, or if I’m not feeling too great, my go-to dish is always this simple tomato and onion broth with a poached egg. It’s the easiest and quickest recipe ever, and tastes really good. I’m sure you know by now that I love simple food. Uncomplicated recipes are sometimes the most delicious and certainly the ones I prefer to prepare. If you haven’t been following the blog, here are links to some examples: Baked Greek… Read more »

One of our favourite restaurants in the Algarve is one which isn’t too far from home. Not only is Luar da Foia in a prime spot for far reaching views across the Algarve, but it also serves the best meat on the mountain! Most definitely a meat-eaters paradise, Luar da Foia is situated between the town of Monchique and the mountain peak of Foia. During the warmer months, the best spot to dine is most definitely out on the terrace… Read more »

One of my most favourite things is chocolate. One of my other most favourite things is chocolate cake. And this is my recipe for the best ever lactose-free chocolate cake. Easy and utterly delicious, I urge you to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed! I use goat’s butter as an alternative to regular butter (because I’m lactose intolerant) and spelt flour instead of wheat (as I’m gluten intolerant and spelt has less gluten than wheat). And the chocolate… Read more »

When we either have little in the house to eat or we’re just not very inspired in the kitchen, our go-to meal is always these delicious cheesy baked potatoes. Easy (and also very cheap!) to make, they’re simply the best ever cheesy baked potatoes! Ingredients Potatoes Cheese (grated) Fresh green chilli (finely chopped) Chilli flakes Olive oil Salt & freshly ground black pepper   Method Bake the potatoes in the oven until done (at least an hour – but it… Read more »

Last weekend we tried a new recipe: spicy roasted cauliflower. It’s not something we’ve even seen before but when I spotted it on the PureWow website, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. However, there are certainly some things I would change. For a start, the recipe called for 2 tablespoons of chilli powder – it nearly blew my mouth off! And it also said to roast the cauliflower in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit (about 200 celsius). Well,… Read more »

One of my favourite spring time recipes is undoubtedly fresh peas and broad beans on toast: heaven on a plate. It’s incredibly easy to make and is packed full of goodness. Ingredients Handful of raw peas Handful of raw broad beans Bunch fresh mint Mozzarella Olive Oil Salt & Pepper Fresh garlic Spelt bread (lightly toasted), can be any bread but spelt is much more delicious! Method Lightly crush the beans and peas in a pestle and mortar along with the mint…. Read more »

Pastéis de Belém are famous throughout the globe, known for being possibly the tastiest custard tarts in the world. I know. I had the pleasure of sitting down in the well known eatery and sampling them recently. And yes, I did only have one… honest 😉 Michael and Doug, however, had a couple each 😀 Doug certainly enjoyed his… There’s not an awful lot to write about these little cups of deliciousness so I’ll let the pictures do the talking… The bakery,… Read more »

Last week we were fortunate to have dinner at Restaurant Ramiro – where we tasted the best seafood in Lisbon! I’m telling you, this food was meant for the Gods, it was absolutely heavenly 😉 The night before, we dined at another of Lisbon’s best restaurants (O Carvoaria, which is known for its deliciously-cooked red meat) and the waiter was kind enough to recommend Ramiro. So, the Wednesday night, we walked down the road from our hotel (we were lucky… Read more »

Last week I had the pleasure of devouring  tasting some of the world’s tastiest ice cream. Amorino, a franchise with ice cream ’boutiques’ all over the world also has a couple in Lisbon, where we spent a few days with close friends (Lisbon, not Amorino! Although that would have been nice). We’d visited Amorino a couple of years ago and were overjoyed to find a lactose-free alternative that tasted absolutely divine. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Their sorbets are out… Read more »