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Mushroom and Zucchini Lasagna

I like family reunions. Having the whole family around the table. Eating, drinking and fraternizing with those who are close to me. I’m very attached to my family, my friends, my roots. And that, that family confraternization, is one of the cultural heritages that I appreciate the most among the southern europeans.
When I was a kid, something that used to bother me a little, was people trying to introduce non-portuguese dishes in the Christmas meals. I used to (and I do) love traditions, specially those around the food. Christmas for me was caldo verde, boiled salted codfish with chickpeas, catshark and beans stew, bolo-rei and trutas filled with pumpkin or sweet potato pure. I could never understand why would my aunt make lasagna for Christmas, though lots of people in my family loved it.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, it’s easy for you to presume that gastronomical tradition, specially on Christmas, doesn’t mean sh*t to me anymore.
If lasagna, for you, has to be filled with minced meat and and cheese, well, bad luck for you. I’m calling this lasagna, you could call it what ever you may like.

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Baked Quinces

In Ancient Greece, the fruit was used to treat several stomach and skin infections. It was also one of the most popular offers to the gods, due to it’s peculiar parfume. Actually I think people would just taste that sh*t raw and then offer it to the gods – “Hmmm, such a good looking quince! It smells so good! Holy f*ckaroni, this tastes like sh*t! It feels like I just licked a board full of splinters and then cleaned my thong with a burlap bag! I think Demeter is having an offer tonight…”

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Portuguese Bolo-rei

So? Do you still have those extra candied fruit boxes you bought last Christmas? Because THIS Christmas you would make bolo-rei right? And actually when you came back from the grocery store you realized that you still had candied fruit from the Christmas before that. And actually you have no f*ckin’ ideia of what the heck am I talking about because you’re not portuguese and you don’t even know what bolo-rei is right? Or if you,re portuguese and you’re reading this post in english… well… you may be stupid… I don’t know… but there is a portuguese version for every post. Moving on, are you familiarized with german stollen, italian panettone, or english christmas pudding? Bolo-rei is just like that, but much better because it’s portuguese. You didn’t know everything is better in Portugal? What an idiot…

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