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The national dish of Portugal (it’s not codfish…)

The national dish of Portugal is not cod

  Ask folks around Lisbon what they think is the most iconic dish of our city, and chances are they will say sardinhas assadas. After all, charcoal grilled sardines are the most popular summer dish, served even during St. Anthony’s famous street festival. But when you think of Portugal as a whole, both locals and…

Bacalhau com broa – Portuguese Codfish with cornbread: recipe

3. Bacalhau com Broa

Bread is an essential ingredient in the Portuguese food tradition. As such, we couldn’t help it but develop some dishes that blend our staple bread and our much beloved salted cod, bacalhau.  There are several recipes featuring bread and cod: bacalhau à brás,  açorda de bacalhau, tiborna de bacalhau, or the lovely gratin bacalhau espiritual….

Açorda de camarão – recipe

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The word açorda in Portuguese may stand for slightly different dishes, but always involving old bread. While açorda alentejana refers to an aromatic stock poured over bread slices, açorda by itself stands for a savory mashed bread concoction with a porridge-like consistency. Açorda, most typical from southern Portugal, is an edible example of how the…

Migas – recipe

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Just like açordas, migas are a type of savory bread recipe made to repurpose stale bread. While açordas resemble the consistency of porridge, migas are cooked until they form a sort of cake with a more binded texture. You can find dishes with the same name in a few other countries around the world. Migas…

Portuguese recipes using old bread

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Zero waste cooking is an emerging trend and it is becoming a priority right now. Due to a mix of increased awareness towards environmental sustainability, circular economy, food and money saving, and a sense of practicality that has been sharpened by the lockdowns happening all over the world, it feels like we’re going back to…

Bread pudding with Port wine – recipe

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When it comes to sweets, several countries use old bread to make their version of French Toast (in Portugal, those are called rabanadas) or bread pudding. You may not think bread pudding is Portuguese as such, but what if we were talking about a decadent pudding moistened by the powers of Port wine? We can…

Ultimate guide to the best Portuguese soups – Part 2: Non-vegetarian soups from Portugal

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  Welcome back. This article gives continuity to the previous published ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST PORTUGUESE SOUPS – PART 1: Vegetarian soups from Portugal  In this second part of this guide we will introduce you to the most hearty Portuguese winter soups in which the king ingredient is meat or fish. In fact, although…

Ultimate guide to the best Portuguese soups – Part 1: Vegetarian soups from Portugal

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  Comfort food is meant to be enjoyed all year round, but if there is one season that particularly asks for cosy warm dishes, that has got to be Winter. Here in Portugal, we love indulging in stews and heart-warming foods that tend to lean on the heavier side. But, sometimes, a good bowl of…

How to discover Lisbon with kids – And survive to tell the story!

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If discovering Lisbon and treading its seven hills might be already challenging by itself,  imagine going up and down each and every one of these hills with one, two or three children, tired, hungry and always asking: Are we there yet? Are we? ARE WEEEE? Or with teenagers asking to take a picture of them…

PORTUGUESE WINTER DISHES

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Do you feel more hungry during winter? It’s natural. On colder days, our body consumes more energy to regulate body temperature. But anyone who likes to eat knows that this verb is not just a functional act. Those who love to eat do not just do it for food. We also do it for the…