Easter is still an important Christian festival for Portuguese people. In the north is taken very seriously. Nocturnal, silent, candle processions are held at specific religious towns like Braga. Braga, has been a diocese since the 3rd century and religion continues to play a dominant role at the community. The procession that features the Farricocos - barefooted men dressed in purple tunics tightened at the waist, hooded and carrying torches,- is quite impressive. Good Friday is the bank holiday and people do not eat meet. When I was a child this is what I remember: the houses would get spring cleaned for Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, after lunch,- roast goat/lamb is the traditional dish - the local priest would visit my parent’s house with the cross for us to kiss. The priest helper would carry a bell and I remember hearing it on the streets. Streets were decorated with high cross draped on purple cloths. Some houses had cloths hanging from the balconies. My mother would set out a table with cakes, sugared white and pink almonds and a bottle of Port wine to offer the visitors. The traditional Easter cake is called a "folar" which is a yeasty mix with whole boiled eggs, including the shell, in the middle. My godmother in baptism gave me gifts and sent me a postcard with rabbits. I still keep it!In this post I gathered a few great Zazzle Easter greeting cards. Hope you enjoy my sellection!
Lampreia Festival April 1-10 Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra.
Lamprey Festival advertising poster.
Lamprey is not a fish and have cartilaginous skeleton. Local fishermen tie the lamprey by the head and pour it in and out of boiling water several times to kill it. Then they scrub the skin up and down with the help of hard cloth to remove dirt but to keep the skin intact. They remove a nerve in the head and they make an incision in the animal’s belly. From there they make several cuts in tail’s direction along the surface of the lamprey’s body. This will help to reach and remove intestine and bill through the first incision. This is a delicate operation. The flesh will taste bitter and the dish will be spoiled if they don’t remove it intact. They keep the blood that drains to a recipient. The blood will be used to prepare this famous dish. They pour a glass of wine or vinegar in the recipient so the blood does not coagulate. This dish is typical from Baixo Mondego region-lampreys go up this river that meets the sea at Figueira da Foz. Rice production takes place in Baixo Mondego fields. This region offers a magnificent changeable landscape along the year due to different rice cultivation stages. From February to April restaurants from Baixo Mondego offer this highly prized and expensive dish and attract people from everywhere.
White spot = Baixo Mondego's region
BAIXO MONDEGO’S LAMPREY WITH RICE
Recipe for 3 persons Half a lamprey A glass of fresh blood 5dl of red wine 4 garlic tooth A small onion Parsley Salt White pepper For the rice 150 gr of rice One medium onion 2 dl of olive oil Nutmeg in powder to taste Pepper to taste Salt to taste
Cut half lamprey in sections and put in recipient. Add minced garlic, parsley, and a small onion in pieces, white pepper and salt. Cover with red wine. Join the glass of fresh blood supplied by the fisherman. Let it rest for six hours in that “marinada”.
In a saucepan over the heat get the olive oil and the minced onion and let it fry until it looks kind of “blond”. (Cover the minced onion with oil.)Then add the lamprey sections and let it fry for 10 minutes. Keep turning the chunks in the saucepan. Add the “marinada” slowly, the juice where the lamprey has been resting. Let it boil slowly in low fire. Use a fork to assure the flesh is cooked; if it’s tender it is good. Now it’s time to check the flavoring- the “tempero”- and add more salt or pepper if necessary. Add the powder nutmeg. Nutmeg is main spice of this dish so it must be used generously.
Now for the rice: in a new saucepan pour some of the cooked lamprey’s sauce. Get all the sauce you can but do not leave the lamprey without any. Join water that is enough to cook the rice.(1 portion of rice/ 4 portions of water) Check the flavouring again and adjust salt, pepper and nutmeg if necessary. Let the rice cook for 15 minutes. The rice must be served very hot and soaked. It can be served separately or you can add the lamprey chunks to it. Enjoy! Bom apetite!
It might be a surprise to you. Because of the importance of trademarks, improper use can damage a company’s valuable trademark rights and create confusion among consumers. Owners of famous brands, like Facebook, must take steps to ensure that their brands are not misused. So here’s what they came up with. And theres’s more to read about the use of logos and screenshots at Facebook Help Center if you have the time. “You can make a reference to Facebook (online and offline) to describe your presence on Facebook and your use of our products and services. Your reference must be truthful, and cannot suggest that you are affiliated with, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook. Textual references to Facebook should never be hyperlinked to anything but the Facebook.com login page. Never combine your name with our name. Facebook should be in the same font size and style as the other content. When referenced in text, Facebook should be capitalized. When inviting users to like your Page, say 'like our Page' or 'become a fan by clicking Like on our Page'. Do not invite them to 'friend' your Page - users can only become friends with other users. Do not use Facebook, or any other of our trademarks, as a verb. And don’t pluralize them either. Trademarks may not be modified in that manner. When referring to Facebook as the method by which you are organizing an event, you must make it clear that you, and not Facebook, are responsible for the event.”
I've been supporting this project for a few years already. The Fresh Air Fund does great work with children. That's why I accept Sara's invitation to write about it every year. Please read carefully, follow the links, watch the videos. It's not a waste of time.
THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year. If you or someone you know is able to host, please sign up now. In 2010, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.
Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.
Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size and background, but share the desire to open their hearts and homes to give city children an experience they will never forget. Hosts say the Fresh Air experience is as enriching for their own families, as it is for the inner-city children. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host.
Stories about real Fresh Air host families and their New York City visitors are just a click away! Read what the family Sulouff, Hurst, Van Horn and others have to say about their experience and get inspired!
Eduardo Souto Moura, the 58-year-old architect based in Oporto opened his practice in 1980. He worked on his earlier years at Alvaro Siza’s office, another Pritzker Laureate (1992). Since then he has completed over sixty buildings, most of them in Portugal, and also in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland. He has just been awarded the Pritzker Prize 2011. Read Archdaily's very compreensive article on it!
The prize takes its name from the Pritzker family, whose international business interests are headquartered in Chicago. Their name is synonymous with Hyatt Hotels located throughout the world. The Pritzkers have long been known for their support of educational, scientific, medical, and cultural activities.Many of the procedures and rewards of the Pritzker Prize are modeled after the Nobel Prize. Laureates of the Pritzker Architecture Prize receive a $100,000 grant, a formal citation certificate, and since 1987, a bronze medallion. Prior to that year, a limited edition Henry Moore sculpture was presented to each Laureate. Read more about it at Pritzker Price site, here. Books and DVD on the Pritzker Price
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This is a very short post. I usually do not check my Feed so I was so surprised, today, when I did. I found that lots of people subscribed to A Portuguese Love already! It made me really happy. As you might have noticed I do not get a lot of comments so I don’t know if people are enjoying the blog or not. This is mostly a promotional blog for my little business at Zazzle but I am trying, very hard, not to be a bore. I really want this blog to have good content, to be useful, or funny at times and to please my readers. ( I accept suggestions!) As you might also imagine it’s very hard for me to write in English. As I wrote in many places I have learned it in high school and I am so very grateful to my English teacher- I had the opportunity to tell her this, years later, and she was pleased. John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and many others helped me too! English language opened many little worlds for me. But I suck at it. I am continuously searching for mistakes in my posts…and I find it! LOL! As I am very proficient in the use of Portuguese I always feel a poor English user. But these numbers are quite an incentive to keep posting. And to keep learning better English. Thank you all!
One month ago New Zealand suffered one of its worst natural disasters when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck second-biggest city called Christchurch on 22th February. Maybe you have already forgotten about it. 17 days after Earth rocked again, in Japan. Horrendous consequences are known from all of us. News from Japan engulfed all media as much as the tsunami has made for the shaken land. I am saddened for both countries. Today I am again writing about New Zealand for different reasons. After Mardi-Gras-Fat Tuesday – I got mail, real mail in my postal box, not in my email box. That is quite a happening by itself! I got a parcel from New Zealand, another one form UK and another one from Taiwan, via Oporto. Today I will show you what the postman brought me from New Zealand: a beautiful book about Harold, one of two hedgehogs that Ross gave shelter. I met Ross through Zazzle. When he asked for my address to send me a book I never imagine such a gorgeous book. Nice paper, big photos. It’s marvelous that he had done this book to celebrate Harold’s passage through his life. The little animal returned to visit him after first hibernation on the wild. How wonderful is that? Don’t forget that Ross’s has T-shirts to help raising money for Christchurch Relief Fund. You can find it here. Find two examples bellow. The mail package had a cute drawing in it and I scanned it to post here because it’s a Kaitiaki illustration by Ngataiharuru Taepa. That’s the word in Maori for protector or guardian. That design represents Tiaki (care) and New Zealand’s Post’s role in watching over mail as it travels from one destination to another. Very nice graphic detail. Ross also sent me Herald on Sunday, 100 hours – A tribute to courage. I took some notes out of it:“There is a gentle groundswell for the Cathedral to be rebuilt – not just as a symbol of restoring the brick-and-mortar heart of the city, but as a symbol of restoring the human soul of the community.”
It’s strange but I can understand this perfectly. I’m not a religious person but when I saw the damaged cathedral I was moved. It has stood for 100 years and it's a beautiful building. I really would like to see it rebuilt and I'm at least 30 hours flight from there!I'm sure they will do it.
This news supplement has stories of rescuers, survivors, photos and columns with words from prominent personalities, like the Mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker: “It was like a freight train coming through the front door. No warning, no rumble, no chance of escape.” Zara Potts wrote: “It’s like a disaster movie set. It doesn’t feel real.” Mary Ann Jackson: “I ran for my life. I had seconds. I thought it was the end of the world. I could feel the building breaking up. It was seconds and the building was flattened.” Her colleagues died inside the building. One thing I tried while reading and looking at Herald’s photos was to put myself on the shoes of survivors with their uninhabitable homes, without a working place maybe for months and dealing with loss of family members, co-workers or friends on top of it. “It takes a huge toll on the human spirit to see your home in ruins. You can’t complain because you’re one of the lucky ones.” – Kerry Woodham. One month after Christchurch Eartquake already, read how things are going on this link: TVNZ.
"30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old. It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it’s concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.
This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more ‘humane’ ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another."
I disagree.In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other."
Roger Waters is performing tonight and tomorrow night at Lisbon!Yeahhh!!
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When my nephew comes to stay with me he keeps asking for drawings to fill with color. Gormitis, he asks. This time I said yes, but with a special request: he should create an original Gormiti. And he did! Gabriel is 8 years old and I don't have a clue on what he wants to be when he grows up. I think it's too soon to guess and too soon to ask...!In the meantime, Gormitis rule, yeah!
From the MIC site:" With a brand new design, direct links to the most popular sections as well as easier and more attractive navigation the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre hopes to contribute even more to the international visibility of Portuguese music. The renovated mic.pt website has new areas: the monthly "in focus" section as well as a direct connection with the "New Music Review Lounge", among others. Explore all the innovations."
My favorite Portuguese city.Very old remarkable images from Oporto city and more recent looks. Enjoy!
Just a few things I like at Oporto - River Douro - Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge - Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Música - Port wine and wine cellars at Gaia - Lello’s bookshop - Riverfront at either side of the Douro river - São Bento Train Station's tiled walls - Charismatic old quarters - Soares dos Reis’s Art Museum - The gigantic shovel by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at Serralves - Shopping on the street stores and not at shopping centres – Festival of Saint John's Day - The bronze cube surrounded by coffee tables at Ribeira - Bolhão market - Café Majestic - Sweets from Arcádia - Siza Vieira's Serralves Museum and its exhibitions that have included "Andy Warhol: A Factory," "Francis Bacon: Caged - Uncaged," and "Paula Rego." - The way people talk...my Oporto friends.
Ana Moura is the celebrated Portuguese Fado singer that sang No expectations with Mick Jagger at Alavalade XXI Stadium, in Lisbon. She also performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and that will go down in history as the first Portuguese act held there. Now she has been nominated Best Artist by Songlines,the magazine that looks at the world through its music. The winners, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be published in the June issue (#76), on sale April 29. Songlines Music Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the wealth of outstanding musical talent from across the world that has been reviewed in Songlines. Deolinda's, a Portuguese band, were 2010's Newcomer artist nominee. Explore 50th sold out issue of Songlines here. Watch and listen to Ana Moura's here.
•Ana Moura (for the album Leva me Aos Fados on World Village)
•Cheikh Lô (for the album Jamm on World Circuit)
•Femi Kuti (for the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse)
•Youssou N'Dour (for the album Dakar-Kingston on Universal)
•Bellowhead (for the album Hedonism on Navigator) •Hanggai (for the album He Who Travels Far on World Connection)
•Lepistö & Lehti (for the album Helsinki on Aito Records)
•Terrakota (for the album World Massala on Ojo Musica)
•AfroCubism (for the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
•Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (for the album Chamber Music on No Format)
•Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
(for the album Rainbow - Music of Central Asia Vol 8 on Smithsonian Folkways)
•Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Matt Malley (for the album Sleepless Nights on World Village)
•The Creole Choir of Cuba (for the album Tande-la on Real World)
•Raghu Dixit (for the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
•Syriana (for the album Road to Damascus on Real World)
•Tamikrest (for the album Adagh on Glitterhouse Records)