Portugal – Biscoitos

What an exhausting mess Brexit is. This evening is what seems to be the millionth vote on “what should we do?”, the response to which will almost undoubtedly be “but why can’t we all agree?!” I’ve almost stopped caring what happens to be honest, and I’ve been pretty interested in this thing the whole way…

Portugal – Pasteis de Nata

Oh hi Portugal. Portugal is apparently the oldest nation state in Europe, having had the same fixed borders since 1139. It has the longest bridge in Europe, and produces a lot of cork. It’s also top of my places in the EU to visit list, and home of a multitude of delicious cakes. Including Pasteis de Nata….

Poland – Mazurek Tart

Well, what a week it’s been. A vote on a deal that failed, a no-confidence vote that also failed, and now we’re back where we were approximately two months ago. I’m sort of running out of things to say about Brexit, purely because it just keeps getting more ridiculous with every passing week. Will it…

Poland – Rogaliki

Happy New Year! It’s been a little while, and so I’m a little behind schedule now, although to be fair so is the government with actually deciding on what we’re going to do about Brexit, so it’s all good. We’re at Poland now. I have eaten a good amount of savoury Polish food, but I’ve…

Netherlands – Tompouce

Making tompouce this week has been sort of akin to the whole Brexit process. In that, I thought it was going to go okay, and then I made them and they didn’t turn out anything like I was hoping. Tompouce are a Dutch version of mille-feuille with pink icing on top, or orange icing if…

Netherlands – Speculaas

St Nicholas’ Day is celebrated on the 5, 6 or 19 December, depending on where you are in Europe. In the Netherlands, it’s the 5th (so I’m a little late with this). St Nicholas, or Sinterklaas in Dutch, is a sort of predecessor to Santa Claus/Father Christmas, gifts are usually given on St Nicholas’ Day,…

Malta – Kwarezimal

Kwarezimal, named from ‘quaresima’, the Italian word for Lent, are spiced biscuits eaten during Lent. They traditionally have no dairy products in (though mine have a little butter, but you can use vegetable fat instead), and are vegan, as animal products were usually avoided during Lent. Surprisingly, sugar wasn’t considered something to ‘give up’ at…

Malta – Għadam tal-mejtin

1. Make the pastry by rubbing the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix the sugar with the eggs and add the mixture above. 2. Add the lemon and the vanilla essence and knead it. Add the milk and knead it to an elastic dough. 3. For the filling put the…

Luxembourg – Quetschentaart

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the day after Theresa May got her cabinet to pass the Brexit deal, and it seemed there would never be any peace again. If there was ever a day during the Brexit process when one needed to eat cake, it’s today….

Luxembourg – Bretzel

To Luxembourg! The second smallest and least populated EU state, with the only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy in the world. I was so glad I stumbled across this when trying to find something to bake for Luxembourg. There’s something lovely about finding out the different food traditions of a country, particular when they’re entwined with…