Christmas’ Eve’s Eve, Christmas’ Eve and Christmas

rabanadas, fatias douradas, recipe, food, dessert, christmas, Lagos, Portugal

christmas, dinner, family, Lagos, Portugal

In Portugal, the winter has been mild. Sunny afternoons with a touch of chill in the evening. It’s a food-galore period! Lunches and dinners go on for hours, and there are very short periods in-between them. Different parts of the family meet up and go about in a very organic schedule, everything flows in a chaotic order, as in the traffic of an Indian road junction.

codfish, bacalhau, christmas, Lagos, Portugal

The gastronomical selection is ample, but follows a strict years-old rehearsed order. Dinner on the 24th is boiled cod-fish (bacalhau cozido) sided with potatoes, green cabbage, eggs and chickpeas, and lots of olive oil. Lunch on the 25th is farrapo velho (old rags), a recycling of the previous night’s recipe, shredded down to a rugged-looking mixture of whites, greens and pastel yellows – add olive oil for bright colours. In the evening comes the roasted turkey with potatoes and chestnuts, swimming in – you guessed it – olive oil.

Duck rice, food, Barão de São João, family, Portugal

This year, we had a bonus meal on the 23rd – a delicious roasted duck with rice in a country house on a top of a hill in the great Algarvian outback (insert banjo riff).

rabanadas, fatias douradas, recipe, food, dessert, christmas, Lagos, Portugal

Desserts are also a highlight of the season. Bolo-rei, fritosaletriamexidosqueijo da serra, the regional D. Rodrigos and doces finos algarvios. But the star product is the Rabanadas – bread slices wrapped in egg, sugar and cinnamon. I used to eat tens of these in my childhood! Nowadays I can only manage one or two, tops. Still, it’s my favourite feature of these evenings. Here’s a proper recipe from a foodie friend of mine.

dog, dachshund, board game, Christmas, Lagos, Portugal, family, christmas

The most awesome thing about christmas this year was the newest addition to the family: a one-month old dachshund, sister of the four year old one, who goes by the name of Viviane, although I was rooting for another name.

Happy holidays everyone!

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

2 thoughts on “Christmas’ Eve’s Eve, Christmas’ Eve and Christmas”

  1. Pedro! So beautiful and rich!! Thank you for sharing. I guess you never received my messages the day I was supposed to come to Lund and say farewell, but I hope to see you soon again, and possibly in Portugal. Take care

    1. Hej Holger! Thanks for the kind words!
      I only realized about the message later in the day, and then things got hectic with the packing and preparing. Anyway, there’ll be other opportunities. I will definitely have to come back to Lund, and you are most welcome to come to Lisbon where you’ll get a free sketching tour guide 😉
      Kram!

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