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The Smoking Gun Food Smoker
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Smoking Food in Portugal

I love my kitchen gadgets, and it’s something of a running joke with various family members that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find things I don’t have already. At Christmas, my mother hit the jackpot, with a new gadget that’s…

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Vegetable soup - healthy and cheap
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Cheap Portuguese Lunches

Traditionally in our household, we follow the extravagance of the Christmas and New Year period with ‘frugal January.’ This is our annual tradition of living on a tight budget throughout the month of January in order to recover from both…

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Homemade gingerbread - a Christmas essential
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Portuguese Christmas Treats

This year will be our fifth Christmas since moving to Portugal. One of the things we worried about before we moved here was that Christmas would not seem like Christmas without traditional English treats like mince pies and gingerbread men….

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Olives are inescapable in the Algarve - and rightly so!
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Algarve Diet Recognised by UNESCO

There’s no question that food is an important part of life here in the Algarve. Before tourism, the region was largely devoted to fishing and agriculture, with figs, almonds and oranges all grown in abundance. The trees still dominate the…

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No more raw cake mix
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Eating Healthily in Portugal

The happy news that we are expecting our first child has meant some significant changes to our eating (and drinking) habits. I knew that alcohol would be off-limits once I was pregnant and that other foods should be avoided, but…

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Sausages - splendid, but make sure they're cooked
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The A to Z of Portuguese Food – Part 7

S is for Salsichas Salsichas (sausages) form an important part of the Portuguese diet. Varieties abound, from smoked sausages such as chouriço, which can be eaten sliced on their own or used to add flavour to any number of stews…

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