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What Exactly is Vinho de Talha (Clay Pot Wine)?

Talha vessel at Herdade de São Miguel winery in Portugal's Alentejo region

I love discovering specialist food and drink products during my travels, so my visit to Herdade de São Miguel in Alentejo, Portugal was an eye opener. It was at the winery’s modernist head quarters on its Pimenta estate that I first learned about the renaissance of vinho de talha. I have already shared the story ... Read more »

Inspirational Ways With Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele

Italy has more products of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) than any other country, well over two hundred in fact. Grana Padano cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele (ham) are two such products, both made in the north of Italy. These products have been made in virtually the same way for many hundreds of years, ... Read more »

Put A Cork In It, Alentejo!

A piece of cork partially stamped into cork stoppers, in Portugal's Alentejo region

Did you know that Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork? Half of the world’s cork is produced here, much of that within the Alentejo region, which I explored recently.    Cork is grown and harvested across the Alentejo, well suited to the hot and dry climate. Most of the processing happens in Azaruja, ... Read more »

Pear and Parsnip Cake with Salted Honey Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This delicious recipe is from Veggie Desserts + Cakes by Kate Hackworthy. Read my review of Veggie Desserts + Cakes here, and enter my giveaway to win your own copy. Image from book, used with permission 5 from 8 votes Pear and Parsnip Cake with Salted Honey Buttercream and ... Read more »

Pea and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream

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This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This delicious recipe is from Veggie Desserts + Cakes by Kate Hackworthy. Read my review of Veggie Desserts + Cakes, and enter my giveaway to win your own copy.   5 from 3 votes Kate Hackworthy’s Pea and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream Kate’s recipe introduction from the ... Read more »