The lunchtime meal is an important part of the day for many Portuguese people and certainly one of mine! Be it at the work place, home or at a restaurant it will traditionally be a two or three course meal and many companies and small stores will stop work for an hour or more, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this sacred time.
It will usually will begin with a soup, followed by the main course and finish with fresh fruit. I am fortunate enough to be able to enjoy this wholesome lunchtime break quite regularly and as Portuguese food is really delicious, I look forward to it even more. It is a time of get-together with family, friends or colleagues to talk about the day and other matters.
I just thought I would bring you photos of a lovely and yet so simple summertime lunch in a garden that I had recently enjoyed that consisted of a delicious hake and asparagus gratinée, white rice with a hint of garlic and garnished with olives, a beautifully displayed yet simple salad and, of course, the local bread and fresh fruit bowl. Wine of course is another story and always accompanies a meal but I’ve left just the food in today. Recipe for the hake and asparagus gratinée to follow soon.