Guacamole – the dip with more than 500 years!

Guacamole was first made in Mexico by the Aztecs and it dates back to the 1500s. It is the ideal dip when eating Mexican food or as a Summer finger food that you can enjoy with friends and family on game days and at fiestas. Ingredients: 2 medium tomatoes 3 ripe avocados 1 lime (juice) handful of coriander, leaves and stalks chopped, plus a few … Continue reading Guacamole – the dip with more than 500 years!

Chocolate Mousse – quick and easy recipe

Ingredients: 8 eggs 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 tablet of dark chocolate 6 tablespoons of sugar   Preparation:  Melt the chocolate and the butter in bain-marie Separate the egg whites from the yolks.Beat the yolks with the sugar until you get a whitish cream Add the yolks to the chocolate. Beat the egg whites until you obtain a meringue mix, and then with a spoon … Continue reading Chocolate Mousse – quick and easy recipe

Portuguese & Cod Fish – Pastéis de Bacalhau

Is no secret that Portuguese love cod fish. We eat it boiled, fried, with cream or as ceviche.  Pastéis de Bacalhau (cod fish pasties) are however one of Portugal’s favourite snacks and a good way to use Christmas Eve leftovers. Ingredients for 28 pasties: 600g of salted cod pre-soaked (to remove excess of salt) 800g of potatoes 4 eggs 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves … Continue reading Portuguese & Cod Fish – Pastéis de Bacalhau

Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

It’s Christmas Market Night in Madeira. Madeira is the small Portuguese island with a size inversely proportional to the number of traditions and festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year. The land of Madeira wine and “espetada” embraces Christmas traditions always in good spirits with plenty of food, traditional drinks and joyful people. On the 23 of December, the city of Funchal lit by the … Continue reading Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Sweet refreshing and moreish, this is how I would describe Nikita – the Madeirans beloved cocktail. A kind of milkshake cocktail that was firstly created in 1985, the same year of Elton John’s song ‘Nikita’, hence the name; it is typical from Câmara de Lobos a small piscatorial village in the south-central coast of the Madeira Island, but it is sold all through the Island … Continue reading Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Sunday bake! Blueberry sour cream and white chocolate cake

Grey skies over London today. A lively reminder that summer has ended and the new week is about to start. Monday blues approaching, but today we shall bake. Blueberry, chocolate and sour cream cake, what a scrumptious combination for this Sunday afternoon. Fresh coffee brewing, ingredients ready and here we go. Ingredients: 175g Butter 100g Caster sugar 4 Eggs 225g Self-rising flour 1 tsp Baking … Continue reading Sunday bake! Blueberry sour cream and white chocolate cake

When life throws you egg whites, make sweet meringue kisses

My favourite way of using egg white leftovers – meringue kisses! Ingredients: 4 large eggs (egg whites) at room temperature 115g icing sugar 115g caster sugar Preparation: Preheat the oven at 100C for a fan oven or 110C for a conventional Line two baking trays with a non-stick liner or parchment paper Beat the egg whites on medium speed with an electric mixer until the … Continue reading When life throws you egg whites, make sweet meringue kisses

Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Do Madeirans have a sweet tooth? Nooooooo….. We don’t even eat many sweets! Our diet is a healthy Mediterranean diet, with fruit, vegetables, grilled meat/ fish and olive oil to drizzle our salads. Sometimes we do enjoy our queijada, nikita, poncha, pudim de maracujá , licorzinho de morango ou ginginha. But who doesn’t?!  Who doesn’t?! – My nanna would say, while shaking the ‘occasional’ Bola de … Continue reading Sweets and Cocktails – Madeira style

Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

The colour, texture and culinary simplicity of Madeira’s gastronomy can be an overwhelming experience for the island first-timer. A palette of unforgettable dishes and tastes allows you to experience the island as a Madeiran does. As a Madeiran you will love the island not only for its flowers, wine and landscapes but also for the bolo do caco (traditional bread – shard cake), espetada (meat … Continue reading Madeira cuisine – A paradox of lush simplicity and magnificent flavour!

Farófias – Portuguese poached meringues

Farófias are one of the most popular and delicious traditional sweets of Portugal.   The easy preparation and small number of ingredients, makes it an ideal dessert that can be served warm or cold throughout the year. One of my all-time favourites! So scrumptious, that I could not wait to share it with you all. I hope you really enjoy it!    Ingredients 1L Milk … Continue reading Farófias – Portuguese poached meringues