Holy Sweet Red Pepper Paste! I think we have a winner here…folks! We grabbed a bottle of Massa de Pimentão from our local Portuguese (and Brazilian) grocery store. Massa de Pimentão (sweet red pepper paste) is a Portuguese pantry staple. Though primarily used in dishes from the Alentejo region (south-central Portugal), this paste/condiment finds its way into a multitude of Portuguese dishes and is a mainstay of the cuisine. In it’s most basic version, it is a combination of red peppers, […]
If I were to have an epitaph someday, it should read “She tried.” I know this is all getting off to a morbid start…but wait, I am getting to the point. The point is my chronic inability to diet. I have had courtside seats to witnessing some of the truly awe-inspiring, supremely-motivating weight loss missions that my friends have undertaken. They have passed with resounding success, the kind that makes you want to thump your chest and pump your fist. […]
The Azorean version of the rather timid Caldo Verde from the Portugal mainland, means business…and how! The food from the volcanic islands of Azores, situated off the mainland, is that spunkier, more vivacious cousin of the family. The recipes typically call for chunky vegetables, lots of meat and a generous dash of paprika. Where do we sign up? The Azorean variation of the green broth packs a punch with an array of vegetables (traditionally potatoes, rutabagas, carrots and kale,) red […]
Cold winter night watching Ingmar Bergman’s “Winter Light” with best friend and a 2008 Luis Pato… Bergman asks about God and existence and we stare silently at our red wine…waiting for answers.
Nothing like drawing a lop-sided cinammon-ny heart on rice pudding to make it go from sweet to cloying…and yeah yeah, we are guilty as charged! Apparently even two self-professed too-cool-for-school girls like us, like to unleash our inner princesses now and then. Arroz Doce (sweet rice pudding) is a ubiquitous Portuguese dessert, finding its way on to every family’s table on every special occasion. Rice pudding, in itself, is a fairly pedestrian dessert, basic in its ingredients and easy in its […]
If all of Portuguese cuisine is this easy to cook, it may find a permanent convert in us! Caldo verde (green broth) is healthy and perfect for the practical cook. The two of us are usually strapped for time…what with our uncertain gym routine, our addiction to (often) bad television, our brave attempts to read more than one book a year, the weekly upkeep of our prentiousness with the mandatory viewing of atleast one film that requires subtitles, our late-night […]
But the life we lead came gradually, who keeps the time? And a bitter lime, will do us fine, to kill the taste” – The Walkmen, Lisbon Well, we certainly hope that we won’t kill the taste, but you get the point. What is it about the Portuguese saudade that evokes a feeling of magic and longing for the city of Lisbon? The Walkmen dedicated a whole album to the city and Noah Lennox (of Panda Bear) was at his […]