Salted Codfish is…..soooo Good

Nothing like the taste of home #1!

Always missing my family and friends in Portugal and the Portuguese flavours.

Bacalhau ร  Brรกs ๐Ÿคค

…. and… and red wine


#thowback #m&mfestiveseason

We absolutely love Xmas โค๐ŸŽ‰

Even if we are a tiny family of two, the most important thing, always, is being together!

This last year we celebrated the season at our Doha home.

The M&T Xmas Tree

The Xmas table and traditional Ju’s Tiramisu

I had saved some salted cod from Portugal so we could have a traditional Xmas eve, Portuguese style ๐ŸŽ‰

All set for ‘Bacalhau รก Brรกs’

I am so excited I just can’t hide it!!!

My everything and best Xmas present โค๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ

And for Xmas day, the M&M traditional roast chicken ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Preparation started two days earlier!

The chicken marinade

Ready to roast


Voila!! The M&M Xmas roast chicken!

We have also kept it fairly healthy!

Xmas eve workout

Xmas day hubby and wifey SUP session

Most importantly, like I said, we were together…

…because we are always better together

Celebrating 3 years of us officially married

Three years of us officially. Going on 12…of you and me together. Couldn’t be and feel happier. Thanks Oreste!

And nothing better than being together at our NEST to celebrate our big day!

Me and you…

Black Truffle and truffle slicer

And nothing better than to celebrate it with the best black truffle risotto made by the M&M’s, by you and me…together!

We simply could not do it…. it’s the perfect season for it!

The best at his best

Ready for the risotto


Together we are and can do GREAT, FANTASTIC things…and most importantly be happy!

The M&M three year marriage anniversary Black Truffle risotto

Thanks amor meu!

For You Ma Cherie…

…3 ingredients only and I truly hope they make you happy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

1. 170g of avocado (in a measuring bowl)

2. Top it up with milk to the 475ml line

3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey

And then just blend until is nice and smooth

Ju’s avocado milkshake

This is it!! This simple milk shake has been part of my life since 2005! I first did it for Oreste to try and match a smoothie he had in Dubai. Apparently I was successful ๐Ÿ˜

The recipe above makes a BIG BIG and filling milkshake. I tend to have it after a gym session and/or for brunch with some toasted bread. This keeps me going for hours… 

If you have a very tiny stomach I recommend  you to have half of the above๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Ma cherie, you know who you are ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Last Week Highlights

Seafood Quiche

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Perhaps theย highlight was my seafood quiche!ย I enjoyed making it and eating it! It is great for dinner parties. I also like to make it for ourselves and freeze some pieces so there’s always home cooked food ready to eat at home. Remember though: never leave food in the freezer for more than 3 to 4 weeks… I don’t anyway!

Baked Salmon, Tuna and Chickpea Salad, Smoked Salmon Wrap

Realistically, every meal is an highlight!

And just looking at the pictures maybe, just maybe, THE highlight was…ROCKET ๐Ÿ™‚



Grazie mille Gabriele!

When I look at the definition of ‘Comfort Food’ it doesn’t quite fit in… 

When I make it and eat it, it fits in perfectly!

Ju’s ‘Conchiglie al tonno’

My tuna pasta is one of the dishes, if not the dish, that makes it for me… Makes me ‘fully’ happy and pleased! 

Back in October 2009 I was changing jobs. Just before starting the new challenge, Oreste and I went for a quick break to Gex (in France, very close to Geneva, Switzerland) – we went to visit Oreste’s twin brother, Gabriele. We had a fantastic few days with him! 

One of the evenings Gabri made us ‘Penne al Salmone’ (Smoked Salmon Pasta). It was really well cooked, really good and amazingly pleasing! So much so that I have been cooking it ever since! 

I make it with smoked salmon, just like I learnt from Gabri, or with canned tuna… Just as good!

So I thank you Gabri, my cognatino, for introducing me to my favourite ‘Comfort Food’ dish!

Happiness on a dish on a Thursday night โ˜บ๏ธ

Nutella Cheesecake

Being married to a Nutella lover made me have a go with this Nigela Lawson recipe! 

Not too many, straight forward to find ingredients!

Nutella Cheesecake Ingredients: digestive biscuits, unsalted butter, nutella, cream cheese, roated hazelnuts and icing sugar.

Very quick and straight forward to put together too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Filling mix

Ready to chill

Nigela’s Nutella Cheesecake by me for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Personally, I could live without ever eating Nutella. Oreste, however, can eat it by the spoon any time of the day. He certainly enjoyed the cheesecake better than me, but we both like it โ˜บ๏ธ

Tea break with the M&M’s

A must try to every single Nutella Lover!

It is really really sweet though! Be prepared for a sugar rush!

Next time I’ll probably use Mascarpone and maybe won’t use the icing sugar ๐Ÿค”

Watch the space.

Amor meu, look… I found you!

My best day of the month?

When I finally can cook for two…for the two of us โค๏ธ

Didn’t quite like that I had to wait for you outside the arrivals area…one can not venture inside Hamad International at the moment unless one is actually travelling ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Certainly worth the wait though:

‘Penne al pesto di pistachio ‘with my hubby

Thanks for having breakfast in London and dinner in Doha…with me!