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Grandma’s Biscuits

Do you know that momment, when you’re grandma tastes your own interpretation of her cookies, with a totally different selection of ingredients, and, looking at you, she just says “it is very good” ? Of course you don’t. Last time you cooked something was frozen pizza at 05h30 and the one who tasted it was your flatmate who was even drunker than you. But I know, because it happened to me last year.

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Christmas Chickpea Cookies

I’ve always been a huge Christmas entusiast. I don’t know when it started and I can’t even remember caring that much about the presents I would get when I was a kid. But I do remember, since ever, being very excited about what I would eat. Since very young I’ve always loved gathering at the table, specially with all the family sitting together. Unfortunately ocasions like that are not as common as I would like it to be. Specially nowadays that I live far from home.

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Persimmon, Apricot and Banana Smoothie

This weird reddish fruit is particularly rich in tanines, specially the variety dyospiros kaki (commonly known as kaki in europe), therefore it’s astringency. In other words, when you bite one of these persimmon before fully ripened, it will feel like you licked your dog’s feet and then brushed your teeth with vine leaves. Hmmm… This may not be that easy to visualize. Let’s move on.

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Nutella – Choco Hazelnut Spread

This recipe doesn’t taste like nutella. Even I can guarantee you that. It’s not as creamy or sweet. But it is quite tasty and MUCH healthier. Still not something I would recommend eating with a spoon, specially if you’re looking for losing some weight. But, compared with the original product, it is super healthy indeed. If you enjoy the taste of pure roasted hazelnuts, you will love this. Besides, homemade is always better right?

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Nut Butters

Bread with butter. Who doesn’t like it? I used to love it. As I said over and over again, I’ve always been a kid of very humble tastes. A nice slice of rustic bread with a generous portion of butter paired with a bunch of grapes was certainly one of my favorite snacks. Moreover, as the story goes, that fella ran away from home with nothing but a slice of bread with butter and a bunch of grapes. I believe he made it through.

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Raw Carrot and Chocolate Cake

I am portuguese. I’m not a nationalist, not a little. I can sing A Portuguesa ’cause I learnt in school. I don’t get outraged because we have brasilian players representing our national football team. Even less I see representing the national football team as the ultimate act of patriotism. I am portuguese because I was born in Portugal. I could be anything else. But, as any other portuguese, my own tastes were shaped during my childhood. Specially when it comes to food.

No man. I’m sorry. I can’t. I tried carrot cake with cream cheese frosting many times. Vegan and non-vegan (Yes, I was not born vegan. Surprise, surprise). I’m not saying it’s bad. It is quite nice. But carrot cake is with chocolate frosting.

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