Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale & Potato Soup)

Caldo Verde, a Portuguese national favorite.  It is a simple yet hearty soup made with potatoes, kale and chorizo.  Caldo Verde can be found all over Portugal, from Lisbon’s most luxurious hotels to the humblest of country homes.   A powerhouse for minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, kale is the healthiest food on the planet. When the cooler weather rolls around, I am always on the hunt for new and unusual soup/stew recipes, and this one quickly became quite popular in our house.  Caldo Verde is sure to banish away your winter woes.  It is an ideal cool weather, downright satisfying comfort food, that will have you coming back for seconds.  The chorizo adds some spiciness and slight heat to the soup, the pureed potatoes in the soup is wonderfully filling, whilst the greens make it healthy and worthwhile.   A small cup for starters or as a main meal, Caldo Verde is just tickety-boo!  When preparing this soup, pour yourself some port, it helps to get you in the mood 🙂 Serve it with some rustic bread and wallow in praise :).

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GOAN CARAMEL BREAD PUDDING and some history!

Where is Goa you might ask?  If you know the answer, give yourself a pat on the back.  A few folks look at me quite puzzled when I talk about Goa.  Goa is the smallest state on India’s west coast, it was a former Portuguese colony with a rich history.  The Portuguese ruled Goa for about 450 years.   Swaying palms, white sands and blue waters draw tourists from near and far.  Goa is dubbed the “Caribbean of India”.  My roots are Goan, (as the locals are called), but I have never lived in Goa.  However, our parents and Grandparents … Continue reading GOAN CARAMEL BREAD PUDDING and some history!