Saturday, 28 January 2012

Art at the Door

all photos by me

As I was walking through the Rua de Santa Maria, an old street of Funchal that has been the focus of recent re-qualification by the recovery of old buildings and the opening of a few good restaurants and bars, I found out that the big majority of the old buildings doors has served as a canvas for some unexpected artistic expressions. These were my favourite ones.





Friday, 27 January 2012

Visiting Home

Back to Funchal in Madeira island for a week. 

Nothing says "home" better than sitting in a café in the middle of the afternoon to have an espresso.


A mandatory visit to the Market to show my danish boyfriend the colours and smells of my island.

And a walk through the "zona velha". An old part of the city.
all photos by me




Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pie for a rainy afternoon

all photos by me

A very traditional Portuguese pie. It has different names but in my family we call it "Tarte Maria".
Warning: extremely rich, not advisable for the weak! 


250g (1 pack) of Marie cookies
170g of butter (no salt)
1 yoghurt (simple)
1 can of condensed milk
5 egg yolks and 3 egg whites
3 spoons of sugar
1 lemon 

Mix the cookies and the butter to make the dough for the base of the pie and cover the bottom of a pie pan with it.
Mix the condensed milk, the yoghurt and the egg yolks. Squeeze half a lemon´s juice (or more depending on personal taste) into that cream and mix a bit more. 
Pour the cream into the pie pan.
Beat the 3 egg whites until they are really hard and then add the sugar. Reserve this part and put the pie in the oven (pre-heated) at 180.C for 20min. 
Take out the pie and cover it with the beaten egg whites, then put it back in the oven until the top gets golden.
Let it cool down completly before eating.

Personal touch: after it cools down, and instead of using the beaten egg whites (remember to leave the pie in the oven for 30 min. then), you can sprinkle the top of the pie with cinnamon, crystallized ginger, chocolate, lemon or orange zest, almond in powder, or even some freshly picked herbs like basil or mint...take your pick. I am going to have mine with fresh strawberries (it helps to balance the richness of the pie) and little pieces of dark chocolate...

Bom apetite!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Last minute play on a "Tortilla"

all photos by me

To warm up a cold and boring winter day I just need some left overs (in this case the rest of a potato gratin), eggs and bit of inspiration spirit flowing in my veins.

Make a layer of potatos (can even be chips directly from the bag) on the bottom of a bowl or tray. Make a second layer with the protein of choice (sausages, chicken, shrimps). Add some vegetables (optional...I used sweet corn) and cheese. Pour the eggs well mix with a bit of chicken broth, 2 tea spoons of flour and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
60 min in the oven at 160.C and it´s done. 

I like to have it with cherry tomatoes, and since I´m now a Danish girl I was just taught that this dish is called an Æggekage and it should be eaten with a slice of dark bread on the side...(obviously!)

Bom apetite!



Sunday, 15 January 2012

January dew

The world outside woke up all in white today. 
Tranquil and cold.

all photos by me



Friday, 13 January 2012

Douradas (French toasts)

photo by my

Tasty and easy to make, this little treat is one of my strongest childhood memories from Christmas.

sliced bread (old and hard is better)
milk
eggs (3 or 4)
1 lemon
cinnamon (3 sticks and in powder)
sugar

Put the milk in a bowl with lemon zest and the cinnamon sticks. Mix the eggs in another bowl. Pass the bread by the milk bowl, then the egg bowl, then to the frying pan (with a bit of olive oil). When its toasted put it in a tray with sugar and cinnamon in powder on the bottom. Add more sugar and cinnamon on the top of the toast while it´s still warm to form a syrup.

Bom apetite!


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