Author: Margaret Varela

Get out the Doilies!

Get out the Doilies!

A few years ago I began to see many crafts on Pinterest using doilies. Having two Portuguese grandmothers, great aunts, and a mother who has crocheted doilies for me…they have been part of my life since I was a kid. I have an abundance of […]

Squid and Conger Fish Stew/Caldeirada de Lulas e Safio

Squid and Conger Fish Stew/Caldeirada de Lulas e Safio

  I love Caldeirada…Fish Stew! And I love squid…so this dish is definitely one of my favourites.

Christmas Dinner & the Top 3 Recipes of 2017

Christmas Dinner & the Top 3 Recipes of 2017

Christmas Eve is almost here and for most Portuguese households that means cod for Christmas Eve dinner, Seafood at midnight and many many desserts!

Homemade Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog

My daughter Marissa decided to make homemade Eggnog for the staff Christmas party. She is not a fan of eggnog but apparently Eggnog is not available in England…this is what my daughter is telling me. Her colleagues wanted to try it so she decided to […]

Toblerone Shortbread Cookies

Toblerone Shortbread Cookies

How can one go wrong with Shortbread cookies for the Holidays. They are a must have…add pieces of Toblerone and you just took Shortbread up a notch.

Christmas Eve Pudding

Christmas Eve Pudding

I am always looking for new recipes especially at Christmas. I came across this “Pudim de Consoada” recipe in a Portuguese Christmas magazine and thought I would give it a try. The translation is Christmas Eve Pudding and the best way to describe it is […]