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

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!