Writing a blog has always been on my To Do list. There is that almost therapeutic “Je ne sais quoi” in sharing crazy ideas, adventures, pointless stories, favourite recipes and pretty things, with someone that may possibly be on the other side of the world having equally crazy intents.

However sitting in front of a blank page, the mind closes and all those cool concepts vanishes in thin air – writer’s block, so they said; How to start? What to write about?!

When in Portugal it is customary to go to the café and make business decisions or share things with our friends over a cup coffee. Well, conversation always flows better over a nice cup of coffee and cake. After brewing some coffee and baking a lemon pie, the pieces fall into place and the puzzle starts to gain shape.

Would you like to go for a coffee?

My name is Mara; I’m Portuguese with a background in health and currently living in the UK. I love to cook, travel and laugh until my tummy hurts. Amongst several and diverse interests, I particularly like interior design, party planning and pretty things that I will gladly share with you and ask your opinion on. So be sure to keep visiting.

I will leave you with a lemon pie recipe, so you can enjoy it too!!

Lemon Pie Recipe

  • For the base

250g of tea biscuits

125g of unsalted butter



  1. Break the biscuits into fine crumbs
  2. Melt the butter and add to the biscuit crumbs, until it forms a moldable paste.
  3. Carefully, press evenly into a deep dish pie crust.
  4. Freeze for 30 minute
  • For the filling

1 can of condensed milk


Zest and juice of 1 lemon

100g caster sugar


  1. Mix the condensed milk with the yolk, lemon zest and juice.
  2. Pour the mixture into the crust previously prepared.
  3. Place the pie in the oven at 180 C for 10minutes.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add the caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, whisk after addition. When all the sugar has been added, whisk a further 3minutes until it is thick and glossy.
  5. Take it to oven at 180C for 10 minutes.
  6. After cooling, you can decorate it with the zest of one lime.

Brew some coffee, sit back and enjoy!!!

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