Laranjinha. I live in Lisbon, Portugal.
I am passionate about food and someone who loves to travel, visit markets, read, try recipes and new ingredients. The kitchen is a magical world where I like to exercise creativity.
The Portuguese cuisine is always my starting point, but I don't forget the influences of other cuisines or all the references I take from my travels and readings.
I love to eat figs, plums, loquat, baked fruit, olives, bread, scrambled eggs, slices of cheese, grilled sardines, I don't miss an opportunity to eat meat and soup - the latter preferably with lots of vegetables. I can't resist a glass of red wine or a goblet of liquor. I at all times find chocolate desserts comforting and coffee is always present in my daily routine.
I am a teacher by profession and the blog is a project that began on February 13, 2006 - written in Portuguese - after reading the book by Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange. I loved the idea of relating food to life in general, to human feelings and to the family. Therefore, I try and hope the blog reflects a little of my life, of those around me and of what I do, always using the food as the connection point. On July 18, 2011, I began posting both in Portuguese and in English.
I was very pleased that my blog was chosen as the best 2011 and 2012 Portuguese food blog by the readers in an poll launched and promoted by Aventar blog.
I also develop recipes for brands and have recipes published in several Portuguese magazines. I collaborate every month with Saber Viver magazine, since the July 2012 edition, in the food section.
Marcador book publisher challenged me to write a book and in November 2012, with an immense smile on my face, I saw Cozinha para Dias Felizes on sale in bookstores. It is a cookbook peppered with notes and short stories.
Five Quarters of the Orange is also present on Pinterest, on Facebook, on Google+ and on Twitter. Anyone can contact me by writing a comment on the blog or Facebook page. You can also send me an email to: mailto:email@example.com.
[ Originally published in Portuguese on Cinco Quartos de Laranja ]