Generally, at The Arc, we like to think that we’re ahead of the curve, but it seems like our summer 2017 vacation destination was right on trend, Portugal. The Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto were on everyone’s list, Instagram feed, and mind. The country has been a long time favorite vacation destination of Europeans, with the Algarve being the ultimate stop. For those unfamiliar, it runs the southern coast of the country and is home to many of its most picturesque beaches. Think sweeping cliffs, pristine blue water and this compounded with over 300 days of sun annually, how did it take North Americans so long to discover?
Landing in Faro with stops in Olhao and Lagos, we were looking forward to experiencing a little more than the beach. We’re …show more content…
After a survey of its offerings, we picked up sardines, clams, special Portuguese greens (that had a mild resemblance to kale) and an array of fresh produce.
Cooking in a rental or Airbnb kitchen can certainly pose some challenges, dull knives, flimsy plastic cutting boards and certainly no mandolin in sight, but it can push creativity and force one to look for outside inspiration, which in our case was very literal.
The little house was on a small plot of land where chickens grazed and was home to a wide variety of plant life. We rolled up our sleeves and did a little backyard foraging. Our salad dressing included grape juice straight from the vine and local honey from the owner’s apiary that he had left as a gift. The herb sauce that garnished our vegetables included fresh almonds plucked from the tree.
In the midsummer Algarvian dusk, we feasted on grilled sardines, steamed clams, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, stewed greens, simple green salad and fresh bread. A meal and a trip that will be remembered beyond far beyond any of the coast’s Michelin starred restaurants.
If you should be so inspired on your next holiday to do a little cooking here are some tips and simple
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The two housewives have a passionate love for gardening and bestow their love and appreciation towards their gardens. In the twentieth century, gardening was advocated as beneficial to one’s life and family. In the New England Quarterly, the journal, “Gardening as ‘Women’s Culture’ in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Short Fiction,” states,“The time women spent in
While camping is generally an inexpensive way to spend some time outdoors, the simple meals that follow will can help campers stay to a very minimal budget. It is important for beginner campers to realize that there are many simple meals that can be made without purchasing specialized camping cookware (which can be very expensive!). If you don't have any cookware that can be used over an open fire, check out your local thrift stores for simple cookware that can be used. A frying pan (cast iron is preferable) and pot for boiling water is enough cookware for most camping trips. There are also many foods that can be cooked in aluminum foil alone without the use of any other cookware. Develop meals around the materials that you have and foods that you like to assure an inexpensive trip. Here are some cheap and easy to make meal ideas to get you started. Pancakes make a cheap and easy camping breakfast. A plastic drinking cup with a snap on lid is great for mixing the batter (by shaking the sealed cup) and pouring onto a pan. Instant rice that is made from boiling water is another inexpensive meal starter. Either eaten alone or with meat and vegetables, instant rice is filling and very cheap. Other foods made from boiling or hot water that are inexpensive and can be the basis for cheap camping meals include Ramen Noodles, oatmeal, and instant potatoes. The campfire baked potato is one food that is cheap and easy to make while
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“…soon we had a vegie garden and chickens. The garage was divided into three rooms, one the lounge, then the kitchen, and a little room with just enough room for two beds for the kids. No running water, we had to get that from a pump just a couple of km away. No proper toilet, just a bucket, no bathroom, a babybath was all we
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I had violent, grass-stained war games with my neighborhood friends, while my mother worked in her small vegetable garden among the honeybees, and watched things grow. An ever-present warming smell of knishes and hot dogs permeated around every inch of my block as the nearby concession pumped a constant flow of fresh food to hungry little leaguers and their families. Looking up, the summer sky looked like an Easter egg God had dipped in blue dye.
The rustic chicken coop was lively with 16 little chickens. Fresh air and garden fertilizer filled the coop. All day the chickens play and nibble on their meals, laying little eggs in their cozy nests. Inside the coop creative spiders knit crafty and beautiful webs, while dogs and cats walk around and watch the adventurous birds wander. Memories flow back at the sight of childhood bikes and toys. Through the building the sound of rustling leaves and chickens clucking softly becomes a soothing sound.