Hi there! I’m Maria, a Portuguese-born food lover now living in the USA with my husband, two children and our furry friend, a dog named Max. Cooking has always been a passion of mine and I love nothing more than experimenting with new recipes and flavors from around the world.

My love for food started at a young age when I would help my mother in the kitchen. She taught me the basics of Portuguese cuisine and instilled in me a love for fresh ingredients and bold flavors. As I grew older, my curiosity for different cuisines grew and I began to explore the world of food beyond my home country.

My cooking style is all about using fresh, wholesome ingredients to create bold and flavorful dishes. I love to experiment with different spices and herbs to create unique flavor combinations. I also enjoy incorporating seasonal produce into my recipes to create dishes that are both delicious and nutritious.

Some of my favorite dishes to cook are traditional Portuguese recipes that remind me of home. Bacalhau à Brás, a dish made with salt cod, potatoes and eggs, is one of my all-time favorites. I also love to make Caldo Verde, a hearty soup made with kale, potatoes and chorizo sausage. But my culinary interests don’t stop there – I also enjoy exploring other cuisines and trying out new recipes from around the world.

Now, as a wife and mother, I love to cook for my family and share my passion for food with them. My husband is my biggest supporter and taste tester, always encouraging me to try new things. My children, Sofia and Lucas, are adventurous eaters and love to help me in the kitchen. Sofia is especially interested in baking and loves to help me whip up sweet treats for the family. Lucas is more interested in savory dishes and enjoys helping me prepare dinner.

We often have friends over for dinner parties where I get to showcase my latest culinary creations. Max, our furry friend, is always by my side in the kitchen. He loves to sniff out new ingredients and is always eager to taste test my latest creations. He may not be able to cook, but he’s definitely a food lover at heart!

In this blog, I share my love for international cuisine with you. From traditional Portuguese dishes to exotic flavors from faraway lands, I hope to inspire you to try something new in the kitchen. My recipes are easy to follow and use fresh, wholesome ingredients that are easily accessible.

So come along with me on this culinary journey and let’s explore the world of food together. Happy cooking!