with sour cream
Mafra Palace is one of the most ambitious palace-monuments in Europe. The palace was built in the Baroque style by the King of Portugal, Juan V. At that time he was the richest European king, thanks to the gold from Brazil, this palace became the apotheosis of the king’s numerous and meaningless expenses.
A few numbers: 52,000 people worked on the construction of the palace;
it covers an area of about 4 hectares (37.790 m2); 1200 rooms; 4700 doors and windows and 156 stairs; 1 year – the longest time a royal family has been in it; 98 bells. Continue reading
The traditional dishes of Portugal are not well known to residents of other countries, because even in Western Europe, Portuguese restaurants are not numerous and are found mainly in metropolitan cities. For this reason, most Russians do not understand this issue. For example, they do not know that Portuguese cuisine is uncomplicated at the level of main dishes, but is diverse in terms of desserts and pastries.
The main dish of all times of the Portuguese people is Bakalau. Paradoxically, the dried and salted cod, which is the basis of the Portuguese national dish, is caught off the coast of Northern Europe and North America. Some say that there are 365 ways to cook bakalyau – one for each day of the year. Others even call a number close to two thousand. Still others say that every married lady comes up with her own recipe, because without this she would not be married. Of course, these are legends that are difficult to verify. Portuguese culinary experts considered that there were about 450 recipes. Continue reading