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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…

10 Portuguese cheeses you must try

10 PDO Portuguese cheeses

  This one goes out to all the cheese lovers out there! If you still didn’t know that Portugal is cheese heaven, it’s about time you start exploring all the different cheeses that our country has to offer. For a small territory, Portugal boasts a rich variety of options, both from the mainland and our…

The biggest misconceptions about Portuguese food

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Whoever thought that Portuguese food is nothing much besides salted codfish and custard tarts was wrong. That would be the kind of person who perhaps also thinks that Portuguese dishes ought to be pretty much like Spanish food, even though the most Portuguese food they’ve ever eaten was paella. It’s easy to oversimplify when you…

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…

8 Portuguese Female Chefs You Should Know

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When you read about the inspiration of many renowned chefs, they often quote their grandmother’s cooking as a source of inspiration. When you taste someone’s food and you say something along the lines “it tastes just like my mom’s!”, that would generally be a huge compliment. For centuries, women have been in charge of feeding…

Our 5 favorite spots in Lisbon for stunning sunsets

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  After an afternoon discovering and sharing Lisbon’s most delicious hidden gems through one of our walks, experiencing local food and embracing Portuguese culture and its people, it’s time for the golden hour – that magical moment when Lisbon presents those who are lucky to find themselves in the city with one of the most…