Friday, October 02, 2015

Portuguese politics

Election day is Sunday here in Portugal to elect a new prime minister. Apparently it's a big deal (note my enthusiasm for Portuguese politics).

I noticed these billboards a few weeks ago for a political party called "people animals nature", featuring some smiley people, a dog, a pig and a butterly. Not just one in a rural place, but several in busy locations of central Lisbon. Their slogan is "all animals, all the same". I thought to myself, "how does this political party even have enough supporters to print this and hang it up everywhere? what a joke."

Alas, the next weekend at the beach a friend of ours... a normal, college-educated friend of ours, said he was going to vote for one of three parties, one of which was this PAN party. He was completely serious. We made an effort to also put on serious faces. Last week as I was driving home I saw three campaigners plus a dog on a leash walking around my own neighborhood with a PAN flag. Plus, it's the political party with second most "likes" on Facebook.

Last night we looked at some political parties online, one of which was PAN. One of their campaign promises is to push for "menstrual cups" in congress and educate doctors and nurses about them. So as to reduce waste. I don't know what a menstrual cup is nor do I want to know.

I have nothing more to say about Portuguese politics. Thank you.

PS My St. Therese world cake on Catholic Cuisine yesterday

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A poor wife who bakes

I read a little bit about Padre Pio on his feast day last Wednesday (I'd like to read more...) and I've been thinking about him ever since. Especially these words: "Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, 'I only want to be a poor friar who prays.'" (from CatholicCulture)

I found these words so decisive, so in touch with his identity. I kept thinking, what do I want to be? The best I came up with was "a poor wife who bakes". It sounds kind of ridiculous, I know. And we're not really poor... at least not in the Franciscan vow of poverty way. And baking and poor in the same sentence don't make much sense.

But still. It got me thinking. I also want to be a woman of prayer... which I feel very far away from. I had a new friend (and new neighbor) visit me last week who has eight kids and a busy life, but she was one of those people that you just say, "wow, she's a woman of prayer." That quality that reminded me of this priest I know, and the nuns "monjas de BelĂ©m" that make the beautiful artwork I've talked about, plus a few other people. They emanate peace. And they pray a lot.

Who do you want to be?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two cookbooks

These are the only two cookbooks I really ever use. I am picky about recipes and also think it simplifies my life if I try to stick to the same ones. (I wrote about that here.) I randomly picked up the first one at a bookstore when I first moved to Portugal and first started to cook. I got the second one last year, since I was a fan. I just recently realized Jeanne Lemlin has a blog and a facebook page. I "liked" it and if I could, I would like it again and again and again.

Almost everything I try from these books turns out great. I've only recently tried some breads and cakes. My hubby's favorite is blueberry cake, which is surprisingly easy to make. Unfortunately, she doesn't have chocolate cake or cupcake recipes, but I guess that's what pinterest is for. 

Do you have any favorite cookbooks? 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015