Category: food

Tuna paste

Tuna paste, one of the Portuguese goodies. (Pasta de Atum) It is an appetizer, a side dish, a lunch, or a whole family meal. The Portuguese do not exist without their tuna paste. They make it in a whole massive quantity of varieties but the plain tuna paste that you normally get in the Pastelaria…

By Matheus 05/09/2020 0

Avocado Ice cream

We have two avocado trees each of a special variety. One is pear like and the other is round, they have different taste and texture. The pear is more fat, intense flavour and solid, great for slicing on toast with a few drops of lemon, black pepper, and anchovies. The round avocado has a softer…

By Matheus 30/06/2020 0

Paella de Dani

Our friend Daniel from Valencia explained us how to make the genuine paella. We bring you the recipe not only because it is delicious but also because we really love the whole concept of the paella á la Dani. More than food it is a ritual for family and friends to come together during the…

By Casa Spa dAlma 08/09/2012 1

After de Refogado; Beetroot soup.

For the beetroot soup you need to make a refogado only based on olive oil, onions and garlic. You leave the tomatoes out. Take some fresh beetroots and wash and peel them, cut in quarters.Than you clean the same amount of carrots, cut them in little chunks and put them together with beetroot in the…

By Casa Spa dAlma 22/08/2012 0

Refogado–The Portuguese key to succes

Simplicity is often the key to great succes. This sounds like  phrase from the I Ching but in the Portuguese kitchen it is an absolute truth. The Portugese are natural born poets and they extend it from words, through music to food. They have this tendency to aim directly for the Soul or Alma. In…

By Casa Spa dAlma 16/08/2012 0

The witches cooking pot.

The Caldeirão or cooking pot is the traditional cookware in old Portuguese cuisine. A heavy iron pot placed on a tripod above a smoldering charcoal fire, the cook sits next to it on a stool with a wooden spoon in hand. Softly singen while stirring the stew to ensure that it does not burn. Herbs…

By Casa Spa dAlma 15/08/2012 0

Tomato soup a la Spa d’Alma

In this summer we had a enormous amount of juicy red sunburnt tomatoes. Most of them we cleaned and cooked to tomato juice, in every pot of juice we joined some basil leaves. Now, in winter, I use these pots of tomato juice to make a soup that is so delicious that you won’t believe.…

By Casa Spa dAlma 17/11/2011 0

Sweet potatoes day

In June this year we planted 5 rows of sweet potatoes. They grow so easily, just water them well once a week and that is enough.This summer has been hot and no rain at all, normally we take the potatoes out in September but since it didn’t rain we left them until today. Taking out…

By Casa Spa dAlma 16/10/2011 0