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Apr. 15, 2010 5:56 pm 
Updated: Apr. 26, 2010 9:04 am


 Tonight was a food trip to Portugal! I have to say if I can actually visit there before I die, I will die happy! Bob helped me a little with some of the harder stuff tonight, so we need to give him a round of applause, I'll get that in a minute. Yesterday, I got a good start on my container garden for this summer. I planted 80 onions in this wading pool. I also have red and yellow tomatoes, mixed lettuce, mixed radishes, basil, chives, flat-leaf parsley, dill and mint. I'll be adding some more in the next few weeks.
On the menu tonight was: Piri Piri Lobster with Saffron Linguinehttp://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/piri-piri-lobster-with-saffron-linguine-recipe/index.html< Green Cabbage Caldo Verde http://allrecipes.com/recipe/green-cabbage-caldo-verde/detail.aspx< and for dessert, Easy Portuguese Cookies http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-portuguese-cookies/detail.aspx<
We started this morning with the Easy Portuguese Cookies. I had picked out the recipe for one reason...key word: EASY...what I failed to do is read the entire thing because, lo and behold, you had to roll these out. Now, those of you who know me or follow the blogs know that I hate to make cookies and I have a dough rolling handicap. This is where Bob stepped in and helped out. He rolled out the dough with our handy-dandy rolling pin...the one where you can actually drink the contents after rolling out whatever it is your rolling out...and got that dough under control! Let's hear it for Bob!!
Portugal is located in southwest Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the western-most country of Europe and borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are part of Portugal.
Here is the starring ingredient of the Green Cabbage Caldo Verde...linguica sausage. The actual recipe called for chorico, but I couldn't find it so I used this instead.

I used my immersion blender, for the first time, to get the soup to the right consistency. I bought that thing a couple of years ago at a yard sale for a buck and I think it was well worth it! Portugal has a Mediterranean climate. Port and Madeira wines originated from there. Lisbon is the capitol and also Portugal's largest city. Portugal has a well-developed fishing industry and it has the highest fish consumption per capita in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

This is the base for the noodles for the lobster dish. I used half of the saffron called for, because, let's face it...that stuff is EXPENSIVE!! I got a bottle of it for Christmas this year and I'm glad I did otherwise I could have never brought this dish in under budget!

Saffron will also dye stuff an interesting shade of yellow. I contemplated dipping the whole thing in the water because I thought this was a pretty shade of yellow. I wonder if it would work for Easter eggs? Breakfast in Portugal is traditionally coffee and a bread roll. Lunch often lasts over an hour and is usually between noon-2:00 or 1:00-3:00. Dinner is generally served late...at 8:00 p.m. or later.

Here are the ingredients for the Piri Piri Lobster with Saffron Linguine...I had to make modifications to this recipe. I could not find piri piri anywhere...I looked at 3 different markets to no avail, so I used 2 seeded and minced serrano chiles instead. I also used fetticcine instead of linguine because it was 25 cents cheaper at the store. The recipe called for yellow and red pear tomatoes, again, they were nowhere to be found, so I used 3 chopped romas and I used shallots in place of the onion. The lobster tails I had on hand, they've been hanging around in my freezer for months now and I decided to break into my stash for this blog.

Here is the finished Green Cabbage Caldo Verde soup...this is a hearty, filling soup that would have been a meal all by itself...Bob loved this and so did I. Our neighbor, whose name is also Bob, said he ate so much of it he felt like he was going to bust!

Piri Piri Lobster with Saffon Linguine (Fetticcine)...absolutely delicious! Yes, it does taste as good as it looks.

And those Easy Portuguese Cookies!! This was a meal to be remembered for quite some time!

I should have whacked his hand, but he rolled those suckers out, so who am I to tell him to wait until after dinner?!?!?

My grocery bill this week came to $10.71. That left $9.29 to go into the Beach Bag...the total after 15 weeks is $101.59. Now on to new business: Bob starts radiation on Monday and we talked it over last weekend and decided to let all of the readers choose which 2 countries get put up for vote on Sundays on the Recipe Exchange. We did a test run this last weekend. Band Mom Becky chose Sweden and Maggi chose Denmark. Swiss Phil apologized to everyone that voted for Sweden because he never picks the winning country...well, Phil...eat your words! 53 people voted and Sweden it is next week...29-24! Hey, Phil...your country won!! LMAO!
I need to clear up what became an issue last week about authenticity of these dishes. I have never claimed these are authentic recipes, and I never will. If they are, that's an extra added bonus for me. I only want to attempt to pay tribute to these great countries that I hope to, someday, visit. I can only do so much, I am limited as far as ingredients and utensils and space. I also have to factor in propane usage, as well. A lot of thought goes into each dish I pick out. Quite a few of you have emailed me recipes, and for that I am extremely grateful, but, as much as I'd like to make each and every one of them, it won't be possible. I'm not the only one here who has a say in matters. I am not going to prepare a dish that I know Bob won't eat. That would be ridiculously silly of me to do that! I don't have money to throw away like that. So if you have sent me a recipe and I didn't make it, I'm sorry...but I'm only trying to do the best I can.
On a happier note, yesterday and the day before, I got emails from AllRecipes saying that they have accepted 4 of my recipes to publish. I'm super excited about this, as you can imagine!
http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62242855/twinkie-tiramisu-trailer-trash-style/detail.aspx< This was the recipe I came up with when I did the Italy blog with the help of Keri!
I'm sure the links will change after they are done being edited, but you can get to each one by clicking on the above links!
Thanks, everyone, for reading and until we meet in Sweden next week...try to say something nice to at least one person a day and peace to you all!!

Apr. 15, 2010 6:09 pm
That soup looks so good...and I'm super jealous of your Saffron! I always tell people about the wine bottle trick...glad to see someone else uses that too!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:09 pm
As always, you rock!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:11 pm
Totally, lip-smacking, AWESOME, AGAIN!!! WW. . . all of this looks sooo good!! Seriously! Wonderful job! I love your blogs. :)
Apr. 15, 2010 6:12 pm
Wow, what a delicious looking meal! Good job Bob for the bottle rolling and you roll like a pro! This meal looks like one I would love to eat and share with friends. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 15, 2010 6:13 pm
Bravo! Another great meal and very interesting blog.
Apr. 15, 2010 6:15 pm
Our saturday or sunday breakfasts always include our favorite meat: Linguica!!!! i LOVE that stuff- totally cool blog,WW- can't wait for the next-
Apr. 15, 2010 6:15 pm
Wow!That was amazing!Wouldn't even know where to start with the Porchagese food.We're pretty boring and simple when it comes to cooking. Wish I was so adventurous.Have a great night!:0)
Apr. 15, 2010 6:19 pm
Hi WW.I just ate, but after reading your blog I am hungry again!The food looked amazing. Congratulations on getting your recipes published. I for one can not wait to try the twinkie tiramasu.
Apr. 15, 2010 6:28 pm
And, I'll be looking forward to how the pool garden performs :)
Apr. 15, 2010 6:31 pm
Me, too, SD!! I'm more anxious about my tomatoes that are planted in cat litter buckets...LOL!
Apr. 15, 2010 6:53 pm
Well done, Witchy! The soup and linguine look awesome!
Apr. 15, 2010 7:07 pm
Two of my favorites..... Pasta and lobster yum!!:-) loved that bob will lend you a hand. I would faint if my DH set foot in the kitchen ( he can barely use the micro lol)! Congrats on the recipes getting published and your garden started:-)
Apr. 15, 2010 7:15 pm
Beautiful food, it all looks so good! My 'dream' vacation is a trip to Spain and Portugal, and seeing as we are still waiting on a honeymoon (17 yrs. after the fact)the trip will always be just a dream! But this little bit of Portugal you brought us makes me happy in my heart! &hearts;
Apr. 15, 2010 8:00 pm
Another awesome blog! They always make me so hungry LOL!
Apr. 15, 2010 10:57 pm
Nice job WW. The cookies caught my eye right off the bat, I'm going to look at those a little closer. The pasta looks really good too. My only hope is that you haven't planted those tomatoes too early. Usually those don't get planted until at least the middle of May once all threat of a freeze is gone. You have 80 onions planted in that pool?
Apr. 16, 2010 2:59 am
I'm so glad you had a great meal! It looks delicious! You and Bob will be in my prayers as you both face all the treatments needed for his situation!
Apr. 16, 2010 4:04 am
as always great job, everything looked great, those cookies made my mouth water...oh i love your new pic...love your hair that color...looks good on you,...keep up the great work..
Apr. 16, 2010 5:36 am
Well Witchy, ya did it again!! Looks awesome! I love cookies but hate to make them! I like making biscotti though, it's easy! All ya do is mix, mold, bake, cut and bake again!! They make great teether biscuits for my little crumb snatcher Willow and her older sister Piper! Can't wait for Sweden and all the best to you and Bob. Be strong for each other and you'll make it through just fine! PEACE, LOVE and HAPPINESS ; )
Apr. 16, 2010 5:39 am
A round of thunderous applause from MO for WW & Bob. Food looks awesome!! I envy the saffron, I use the poor man's version-tumeric & it does dye stuff:)! LOL, tomatoes in cat litter pans, who said gardeners weren't inventive? I'll be keeping you & Bob in my thoughts Monday.
Apr. 16, 2010 5:45 am
That soup looks like dinner tonight! I recently made stromboli with my son and he didn't have a rolling pin, so I taught him the wine bottle trick. He thought I was crazy until he saw how well it worked (not to mention the added benefit of the beverage). Another great blog, can't wait for Sweden. Good luck to you and Bob of the upcoming treatments.
Apr. 16, 2010 6:51 am
Super job! Well Done! Did you all know that in Portugal they only taunt the bulls and do acrobatic jumps on them? They do not kill the bulls like they do in Spain.
Apr. 16, 2010 7:37 am
Another bog well done! great pics...~drool~ LOL thanks for giving and sharing witchy:)
Apr. 16, 2010 7:40 am
looks great! I love Caldo verde - my mom makes an awesome version of it that I haven't even attempted to replicate yet.
Apr. 16, 2010 7:41 am
Another job very well done! Love your rolling pin! Everything looks wonderful and I'm so happy you and Bob and Bob enjoyed your Portuguese meal. Looking forward to next week. xoxoxo
Apr. 16, 2010 7:42 am
That pool thing is such a good idea! Did you have to drill holes into the bottom for drainage? I live in the dessert and the dirt here is hard, hard, hard. I'm tempted to try it that way! Great blog, as always:)
Apr. 16, 2010 7:46 am
Avon...yep, I have 80 onions planted in that pool! That way I can have green onions as I thin them out and I'll leave some to get big! I'm collecting cat litter buckets from everyone I know to plant tomatoes and peppers...LOL! I'm doing double duty here! Juliann~~we sure did put drainage holes in it! I used some dirt from our friend's house and mixed in a bag of topsoil.
Apr. 16, 2010 7:47 am
Broncos...gotta love those Bobs!! I figured who could better to take Bob's place than another Bob!! And that's the Bob I told you fixed those vegetables in the crockpot! xoxoxoxo
Apr. 16, 2010 8:23 am
The Portuguese for thanks is....Obrigado. Another stunner, WW and Bob, and also to Bob for being brave enough to test his stomach muscles from the inside. ... Smorga-da-borda-bagen-egan-degan. So its off to Sverge, next, ja?
Apr. 16, 2010 8:49 am
ja, Phil...it's Sverge!! I hope I typed that right!!
Apr. 16, 2010 9:00 am
YAY, Sweden!!! Ok, so that cabbage (soup?) looks really good! As always you have managed to make me salivate with your food pics :))
Apr. 16, 2010 9:07 am
yep...you picked the winning country, Becky!! Way to go!!
Apr. 16, 2010 10:18 am
Seems I got it wrong...my typing...Sverige is better. But this is about Portugal, which was great!
Apr. 16, 2010 10:51 am
Great blog WW everything looked delicious! Tell Bob we will be thinking of him on Mon. and lots of thoughts and prayers for good results and minimum of side effects! {{hugs to both of you}}
Apr. 16, 2010 10:53 am
Great blog WW everything looked delicious! Tell Bob we will be thinking of him on Mon. and lots of thoughts and prayers for good results and minimum of side effects! {{hugs to both of you}}
Apr. 16, 2010 2:40 pm
Excellent blog, as usual, and that soup looks DELISH! I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that the Twinkie Tiramisu is going to be published!! WOOT WOOT!! Can't wait to go to Sweden with you next week :-)
Apr. 16, 2010 4:14 pm
Wonderful blog and the food looks amazing! I'm so very impressed with what you do every week! Thanks for sharing and best to you and Bob.
Apr. 17, 2010 2:42 am
That looks so good! I love a thick soup, and the lobster dish looks fabulous, too. Bob, APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE!!! Good job on the rolling out of the cookies. Portugal ought to be pretty proud of this tribute, I'd say.
Apr. 17, 2010 5:22 am
Great blog - and once again, your pictures made me hungry!! I love the idea of a kiddie pool garden! I may try that - our yard is so rocky it's impossible to dig and we don't have much sun. I use containers on the deck for my herbs. Best of luck on Monday. You and Bob will be fine.
Apr. 17, 2010 8:20 am
Hi WW, super one, as usual! I think i can try the cookies.My younger son grows garlic in a small pot. The garlic leaves give a much better flavor than the pods themselves. prayers for Bob. Take care.
Apr. 17, 2010 8:21 am
Oh WW, that whole meal looks AMAZING! Loved your rolling pin! Good job, Bob! Prayers for you on Monday!
Apr. 17, 2010 8:24 am
Great Blog WW :) Your food looks delish. Congrats on getting your recipes published!
Apr. 17, 2010 8:54 am
Everything looks delicious! I always look forward to your blogs and learning something new every time. Lots of positive thoughts and prayers to you both!!
Apr. 17, 2010 9:19 am
Great looking meal and great blog WW!
Apr. 17, 2010 9:35 am
Love and Hugs, WW; Well Done!! After you've gone round the world in that RV, maybe you could do a state by state?
Apr. 17, 2010 9:39 am
I'm not sure what I'll do as the next project, Gma...I might pick a country such as India or Italy and try to replicate all of the regional dishes, or something like that!
Apr. 17, 2010 9:46 am
Thats a good thought , if its india, count on me !
Apr. 17, 2010 9:52 am
Nice work WW. (and Bob). That soup and the PASTA look deelish. The pasta makes my mouth water. Cookies look good too Bob. Good luck on Monday. Congratulation on published recipes WW. Four at once!! With A R, it's feast or famine, but glad to see someone so deserving get some props!
Apr. 17, 2010 10:59 am
Thanks, khushi and lindadiane1952!
Apr. 17, 2010 6:12 pm
It all looks sooooo good. That soup looks like it can stick to your ribs. And that is always a good thing. BUT my fav has to be the Saffon Linguine (Fetticcine). I am a complete pasta ***** (put your own word in there, but I know what word I use, LOL). I practically have pasta with everymeal. I am defintly going to have to try that one. Good luck on your garden. I am putting one up, or at least I was till yesterday. While in cleaning my kitchen I almost stepped on my dog, tried side stepping and knocked my knee out of place. So I might not get to do my garden, but I am starting my pots for my herbs. Good luck with Bob. I am praying for a fast recovery.
Apr. 17, 2010 6:23 pm
I hope your knee gets better soon, before my replacement, I was always doing something like that to mine!
Apr. 17, 2010 7:51 pm
WW, your choices are always fantastic. Can't wait to see the next stop.
Apr. 18, 2010 5:15 am
Loved your blog again. The dishes look fantastic. I may need to try the cabbage soup for sure. I love saffron too though so i will try cooking it with pasta as well as rice. I used your rolling pin idea this week. It was a great substitute!!!! I sure hope everything works perfectly for Bob with little side effects!
Apr. 18, 2010 7:12 am
Thanks, SouthernGma and cookhealthy! That soup was to-die-for good!
Apr. 18, 2010 10:15 am
I've been to Portugal 5 times and love the people and the food - my favorites being fresh sardines literally just off the boat and wood grilled (with beer, of course!), pork and clams, and goat. So much of the cooking is unique to the area that you are in, and while the pousada's (high end hotels) offer wonderful meals, some of the best have been finds off the beaten path. I am planning a trip back next year! Thanks for this meal and Godspeed!
Apr. 18, 2010 10:59 am
I wish we could get fresh sardines here, but I can't...that's something I would love to try!! Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!!
Apr. 18, 2010 11:35 am
Hey you!! I was wondering where you were! Nice to see you sunny, smiling face!!
Apr. 18, 2010 2:52 pm
Great blog as always..just heard about kiddie pool gardening but I had just finished up filling my containers on the deck with bunches of herbs, two kinds of tomatoes and 3 kinds of peppers. Only my second year gardening (retired last year) so I'm starting small. As always you encourage..thanks!
Apr. 18, 2010 3:21 pm
Hi suzanne, I still need to do some pepper plants: bell and serrano, if I can find them; a tomatillo plant, tarragon, oregano and cilantro. Our friends are letting me dig some of their rosemary up, so I still need to do that and I'd love to get Bob to make just an old twig trellis so I could grow some lemon cucumbers...I love those things!!
Apr. 18, 2010 5:07 pm
Hi...Swedish food. Yum! So glad you picked that one...Don't you love your immersion blender? We buy them everytime we see them at garage sales. Everyone we know has one now, and we have had to stop buying them! Your menu for today sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try the soup, especially! We had Peri Peri Chicken in Bangkok, and I think I have seen the sauce for sale someplace. Nothing like homemade, however....My grandfather used to call me "svenska flicka", swedish girl, when I was a child. Funny though, he wasn't Swedish himself, but grandma was! He called her a "stubborn swede".
Apr. 18, 2010 5:34 pm
I couldn't find anything around here even remotely close to piri piri sauce, I looked on foodnetwork.com and they had a recipe, but it took 7 days to make it and I only had 2, so I just skipped it, and after what I read what was in it, Bob couldn't have handled that anyway. So, serranos it was! I wish you had some of your grandmother's recipes, Kat!
Apr. 18, 2010 5:34 pm
I have to say my immersion blender is one of the handiest kichen gadgets I own-it also has a chopper attachment for chopping nuts so I bet I use it 3-4 times a week or more. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ths wading pool garden-what an inspired idea! I have Italian Sausage Tortillini soup simmering now with some of my first fresh basil and parsley of the season. Need to figure out where to throw in a few tomato plants in the landscape somewhere-we don't eat fresh tomatoes (yes we are odd like that!) but I like to have them for soups and salsa during the summer. Bless you guys and keeping you in my thoughts! BTW what are lemon cucumbers?
Apr. 18, 2010 5:44 pm
they are short, yellow cucumbers that are burpless. Cukes are rough on Bob but he can eat the lemon ones with no problems...we had plain rice, applesauce and bananas for dinner..Bob's not feeling good today at all, which has me worried that they won't start radiation tomorrow. That's the big day! But if he's not feeling good, they might as well wait a few more days! I think it would be better to be safe than sorry!!
Apr. 18, 2010 8:27 pm
My grandmother's little cookbook is packed. But here are some things I remember having at her Swedish home when I was a child: Always meatballs with boiled potatoes, rye bread, always with orange peel and caraway seeds baked in, stuffed eggs, pickled beets, split pea soup, mostly with green split peas as she could never find the yellow ones, hash, fried smelts or sardines, rusks to dunk in our coffee (She always served it to me with plenty of milk and sugar. I still call that "Swedish Coffee") rice pudding, ginger cookies, and spritz cookies. My friend who is also Swedish remembers fruit soup and tomato aspic. When you come to the beach to visit, I am thinking of having a Swedish smorgasbord, with pitchers of cold beer...oh, we always had that too...root beer for the kids....but we could go for the real stuff!
Apr. 18, 2010 9:34 pm
can't wait!!
Apr. 19, 2010 12:00 am
Hi WW - I'm an RN and usually a lurker, but I've subscribed to your blog from the beginning and have enjoyed every bit of it except the news of Bob's CA. I'm glad that it's stage I and very treatable. I think you're both quite dear and very plucky (I'm older so get to say these personal things with impunity...). Think Bob is sort of upset -on a "gut level", if you will - about Radiation starting tomorrow, but he'll feel better when he sees what it is. And I just know that he's within months of being rid of the damned big C! Courage, mon amis!! (I think that's from "Casablanca") and thanks for showing the rest of us about grace.
Apr. 19, 2010 3:13 am
Hey WW! I read your blog often and it is a lot of fun! I really look forward to next week, because I moved to Sweden from Iowa. Culture shock!! Anyway, one warning...Swedish meatballs are not cooked in gravy! I am not sure how that started in the States, but anyway I am seriously kidding! Not about the meatballs, but you make them how you see fit since I am just a new reader. I do not cook Swedish food, mostly Indian... love it! Anyway, I am so glad that you picked my country and look forward to next week.
Apr. 19, 2010 4:52 am
Hi pip-emma! Thank you so much!!! I love to hear from people such as yourself and it does help to read that and continue to try to remain positive. choppie~thanks for reading! I hope I don't disappoint with Sweden!
Apr. 19, 2010 5:37 am
Just wanted to say good luck today. I'll be thinking of you and Bob, sending positive thoughts and prayers.
Apr. 19, 2010 5:38 am
Excellent blog as always. Everything looks delicious! I wish all the best to you and Bob!
Apr. 19, 2010 6:28 am
Well, he's off to get radiated, so I'll see how it went when he calls me to pick him up. Thanks, Sugarbean and amanecer!
Apr. 19, 2010 7:02 am
Oh man! I cannot believe that I forgot to wish you and Bob all the best! I should be more sensitive to that because I have a bil of 40 years fighting pancreatic cancer back home in Iowa. I have added you and Bob to my prayers. I only wish I had the $$ to get back there, but they know that I am there in spirit. Being on disability and not working is not all it is cracked up to be. ;)
Apr. 19, 2010 7:41 am
Thanks, chappie! I appreciate that!! Pancreatic cancer, that's bad...my thoughts and prayers are with your BIL!
Apr. 19, 2010 7:42 am
I'm sorry...choppie!
Apr. 19, 2010 8:18 am
Such fun to see Portuguese food featured. I spent two weeks there staying with a friend's family once, and we had seafood cooked a different way every night, and all of it fabulous. I was puzzled, however, about why I always saw the grandmother- aka the fine cook- with chickens. Finally I realized it was to make the stock for the caldo verde. Mmmmmmm. So good. A bit greener than your since it was made with Kale instead of cabbage. I also remember the beautiful handmade marzipan that periodically showed up. Exquisitely sculpted into the shapes of tiny vegetables and fruits with a filling that reminded me of grated carrots- I later found out it was made of eggs and sugar syrup. Portugal-Lisbon in particular- is a wonderful place to visit. Did you know they have busses, a subway line, AND old fashioned San-Francisco style streetcars as well. And I walked back streets and saw an older woman making lace. With little spools and pins on a small pillow. A nearly lost art. Say, an interesting note, when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the R. of Congo there were some Portuguese merchants there. (P. is a small country, people is one of their main exports as there isn't enough work at home for everyone.) And in the Congo hot pepper sauce is always available "on the side" and it's called PidiPidi in the local language. Sounds a lot like Piri Piri, doesn't it? I wonder if the name (and the sauce) came to Portugal via merchants such as these. Hope your travel fund keeps building so you can get to Portugal asap. Good luck with the treatments.
Apr. 19, 2010 10:11 am
Thank you so much for that, rpcvmom, I appreciate it! I love hearing about what it's like there in Portugal. It's one of those places I've always wanted to see, there, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and China! I'd also love to see Africa!! I envy all of you that have traveled to places like that! I'm lucky to make it to the next town over nowadays!
Apr. 19, 2010 10:58 am
WW, your soup looks amazing. I don't blame you one bit for cutting down on the saffron. It is wicked expensive. I also find that a little of it goes a long way and you really don't need to use as much as most people do. You can cut it with turmeric when adding to a recipe because it also gives a nice rich color.
Apr. 19, 2010 11:38 am
That's what I did, MI$$DREA, I used tumeric with it. It did make my pasta fork a nice shade of yellow and it didn't wash off...LOL!
Apr. 19, 2010 12:15 pm
Well great minds do think alike :)
Apr. 19, 2010 2:23 pm
WW, the whole dinner makes me ravenously hungry! You cook these inspired, wonderful meals in an RV kitchen, and with three picky teens I struggle to fix something everyone will eat in a house kitchen! I think I'm going to use the lobster pasta recipe to surprise my hubby for our anniversary dinner. I haven't been able to be on my computer much so I haven't checked your blog in a while - I'm sorry to hear about Bob! Let him know he has lots of prayers and good karma coming his way from PA - and you too, as you support him through this. I've heard it said that "if you're going through hell, keep going". You'll come out on the other side, I just know it! Can't wait for Sweden - I have a cousin who just got kicked out of Sweden (looooong story - I think they were just waiting for him to come back stateside for the last 6 years so they could deny his re-entry!!) Please let us know how today went for your wonderful man! Godspeed!
Apr. 19, 2010 2:28 pm
Hi WW me again! I found this recipe for Piri Piri sauce and it sounds pretty easy - definitely not 7 days and I love that you throw almost everything right in the food processor! Hope you find it helpful!
Apr. 19, 2010 3:00 pm
What a fun post for me! Thank you! I'm 100% Portuguese and, when I was in my 20s, I lived Lisbon for a year. Your food looks divine. I can only imagine how it would be if you'd been able to find chourico and piri-piri. Both are SO good. I grew up in Massachusetts, where there is a large Portuguese community. There are many stores there that ship that stuff, along with bread. Oh, the bread! Portugal is an amazing place and one that many American skip over in order to see Paris, Rome, etc. I would love to visit all of Europe someday, but definitely don't skip the treasure that is Portugal!
Apr. 19, 2010 8:13 pm
Liz, I'd really like to hear the story of your cousin!! That has to be interesting. I'll be cooking Sweden on Thursday, most likely and I hope I don't disappoint!! Boquinha...thank you for that! I really, really, REALLY want to visit Portugal before I die...this was one country I was looking forward to!
Apr. 20, 2010 5:27 am
I just came across your blog because I saw the word 'Portugal'. I lived there for a year and change and have many fond memories. Nice job with the soup. The aroma of soups and breads always filled the streets. Thanks for the nastalgia. Portugal is an amazing place. I hope you get there someday!
Apr. 20, 2010 5:42 am
Thanks, Erin and also thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope I get there one day, as well!!
Apr. 20, 2010 9:41 am
Waiting to hear about Bill...about the yellow pasta fork...I bought black spatulas etc. because of turning all mine yellow...they still would work fine but my Bill wanted them replaced. Btw, if you scrape the seeds out of the cucumbers you should have no more burps!
Apr. 20, 2010 9:50 am
Sorry, too many things on my mind and I said Bill instead of Bob. Glad to hear from your newest blog that everything went well.
Apr. 20, 2010 2:57 pm
LOL! I'll have to let Bill er...Bob read this! He'll get a kick out of your post, suzanne!! Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!!
Apr. 20, 2010 4:29 pm
I wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to those who would love to do what you are doing with your blog. The recipes look great and so yummy. All the best to you and Bob as I will be keeping you both in my prayers.
Apr. 20, 2010 7:52 pm
Thanks, Roseheart!
Apr. 20, 2010 7:57 pm
Hi witchy, you don't see me here much since I'm not to much into blogs, but your series is just the best. What a great idea you have on foods from different countries and kind of obscure ones at that. Keep on bloggin girl, I'll keep on reading, you have given (yes, even me) some great ideas, thanks.
Apr. 20, 2010 8:27 pm
Hi WW, I have beeen thinking about you and Bob and how today went? I have been sending out prayers for you both. It will all be ok- dont worry! Carol
Apr. 21, 2010 4:55 am
Great reciopes and the pictures look beautiful!!! I'm 100% Portuguese, and live here, in the Norther part known as the Minho District. Our Caldo Verd though is usually made with kale leafs, gives it a different flavour, give it a try next time. Good job on everything. I'm going to give the linguine a try, looks GREAT. WELL DONE!!!
Apr. 21, 2010 5:18 am
Dave, I knew that you secretly read blogs...LOL! Seriously, thanks! That means a lot to me!! Carol...he's ok for now, his throat is getting a little sore, but he's ok! Maria...I appreciate that so much and I love kale, so does my husband. This is one of those soups that I can make for him when it's hard for him to swallow, so I will definately be trying it with kale...thanks!
Apr. 22, 2010 12:37 pm
WW just love reading your blog. Portugal not so much my palate (wow that sounds a bit snotty) however you make me want to give it a go. Jealous of how your garden is going as I still have the last signs of snow in my yard. I'll be interested to hear how you use your fresh herbs. I have not gotten into the habit, sadly of using fresh herbs.
Apr. 22, 2010 3:41 pm
Hi northpolemom! My dream is to eventually move up with you in Alaska! I love it there, IMO it's the most beautiful place on earth. I jsut got into fresh herbs in the last 4 or 5 years. I've always used parsley and basil for pesto, but not so much on the others. Once I tried the fresh, I was hooked! But I still feel that dried are better for certain things, for example: garlic powder. If I'm making a dish that isn't cooked, I prefer to use garlic powder because fresh, raw garlic has a potent kick to it that my husband just doesn't care for. Watch out for cabins for sale for me up there, ok?
Apr. 22, 2010 4:31 pm
Oh, and p.s....Bob wanted me to let you know that he lived in Fairbanks for several years!!
Apr. 22, 2010 8:11 pm
Wow a former Fairbanks dweller, it has grown a lot the last 7 years. We are actually moving(in state) this summer. I am thrilled as the interior is not my favorite. I like my mountains. However I did enjoy telling people I live in North Pole not to be confused with THE NORTH POLE. The older I get the more I appreciate the beauty and pace of my homestate. It is a great place to live. I'll keep my eye out for a cabin =) Do you have an idea how fresh herbs measure up with dried? i.e tsp of dried = ... Do you just do to taste? Thanks for the feedback
Apr. 23, 2010 5:41 am
I usually use double the amount, npm, if that helps! And I left out that when Bob lived there, it was in the 60's when he was a kid!
Apr. 26, 2010 9:01 am
Where did you get the recipe for the soup looks so good I want to make it.
Apr. 26, 2010 9:04 am
Sorry I did not see a link but I did find it greats blogs
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava www.bakedlava.com and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is www.valleybugler.com. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and cupboards...you really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States