Before we go any further, it’s best to explain the difference between ervas herbs and especiarias spices. Simply put, herbs are leaves while spices are seeds, bark, roots, and flowers. If you love food like we do, or want to understand the menu at a Portuguese restaurant, we think you’ll enjoy this guide to vocabulary for herbs and spices in Portuguese cooking. Thanks to Relish Portugal magazine for suggesting this great idea!
Depending on the type of herb, you can buy them in many different forms:
Follow Anabela as she orders various cuts of meat from the butcher.
How about a lesson that ends in a tasty reward? For all you omnivores out there, let’s explore some vocabulary in context for different types of meat, vegetables, and other ingredients with these family receitas recipes contributed by one of our team members and his mother. Thanks Eduardo and Fernanda! 🙌
Learn the vocabulary in the ingredients list and then challenge yourself to remember it in the recipe steps.
Carolos à Moda da Beira-Alta (Beira-Alta Style Carolos)
A woman decides to start an exercise plan to make room for all the food she plans to eat. These days stuck at home are making it impossible to resist the temptations of homemade Portuguese cuisine!
Grandma is cooking a delicious meal that makes her grandson wonder how she makes her food so tasty!
Isabel invites Tiago over for dinner. Will one lasagna be enough?
Two neighbours meet on a bus back to their village after a trip to the local market. On the way home, they talk about the meals they are going to prepare with their new purchases. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan.
Just in time for summer! A new diet has been gaining popularity due to the fast weight loss it promotes, despite the radical changes it requires in eating habits.
Learn about the amazing gastronomy of Portugal and its most famous pastry: the Pastel de Nata. Discover how this Portuguese custard pie came to be, its ingredients, and its popularity not only with the locals, but tourists as well!
John crosses paths with Dona Ana around lunchtime. They have a respectful conversation about food and cooking.
As dinner is served, Hugo has a bitter surprise at the table that requires him to improvise.
Avó Odete is back! She teaches us lots of new vocabulary while chatting, singing, and washing the dishes, (with Rui’s “help” 🙈). Rui even attempts to get her saying “asneiras” (bad words!) Watch now to see if he succeeds!
It’s tea time! But not like anything you’ve ever had before. Have you heard of kombucha? Find out what it is, how it’s made… and how to make a mess! Our special guest is our designated “kombuchista,” (who also happens to be Rui Sr., Rui’s Jr.’s pai).
Avó Odete is back! And she’s not alone… For the first time, Avô Manuel decided to talk to tell us what he thinks about snails!