Yummy Sunday

Yay! Today is Yummy Sunday, so I have baked a very special Pear Crumble also known as Pero Tapo.

The story of the Tapo(s) started some time ago when I worked in a center for children with special needs in Brighton. One day one of the kids asked me to bake an Apo Tapo for him. After a lot of scratching my head trying to think what he was asking for, I realised he wanted Apple Crumble. We then both baked Apple Crumble. In fact, he taught me how to do most of it, since at the time I was quite new to the world of Crumble. Anyway, since then any Crumble I have baked has been lovingly named Tapo – so Pear Crumble is known as Pero Tapo in my household.


Here’s my recipe for Pero Tapo:

yummy sunday-Pear Crumble


4 Pears

3 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 cup of oat flakes

1 cup of plain flour

1/2 cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of butter

Peal the pears and cut them in to small pieces. Put in an oven-proof tray, add the pear pieces and the brown sugar together. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 ℃. Meanwhile add and mix together the oats, sugar and plain flour in a bowl. Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix together with your fingers until you have a flaky/sandy consistency.

Add the butter mixture on the top of the baked pears and bake it all together for another 30 minutes.


yummy sunday

The days are getting short, dark, and cold…boo! So I’ve decided to add a bit of flavour to my weekends by creating delicious recipes. I will share these with you every other Sunday, in a feature post called: yummy sunday. I hope you also get inspired to create your own recipes and maybe try some of mine. I would love to read about your yummy sundays too.

This time: Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

yummy sunday - pumpkin doughnut muffins

you can see the original recipe here.

For the batter

  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs

For the sugar coating

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Pumpkin doughnut muffins


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 12 standard muffin cups. Make batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture, and beat to combine.

  2. Step 2

    Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each muffin cup and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Let muffins cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Working with one at a time, remove muffins from pan, brush all over with butter, then toss to coat in sugar mixture. Let muffins cool completely on a wire rack.


see original recipe here

See happy be happy – Midweek Inspiration

Does seeing happy faces improve your mood?

This is the question that Javier Elkin is trying to find out with his Pocket Smile app.  he says he wants to: “explore if looking at smiling faces throughout the day can increase happiness! Have you ever noticed how many smiles are started by other smiles? Just like yawning, smiling is contagious. Pocket Smile is an iOS app that shows you smiling faces throughout the day and tracks mood changes with monthly questionnaires. You can join the experiment by downloading the free Pocket Smile app from iTunes today!”

I will definitely try this app! But meanwhile, be happy!

© Juliana Lobo

Great photo by © Juliana Lobo

5 fun facts about Portugal

In anticipation of my trip to Portugal in November, here are 5 fun facts about Portugal that you might not know:

  1.  Marmalade is the Portuguese word for quince jam. The word for quince in Portuguese is Marmelo and the jam you make with it is Marmelada.
  2. The Ukulele is a Portuguese instrument in its origins. Portuguese emigrants introduced this Instrument to the Hawaiian culture in 1880s, influenced by the Cavaquinho a similar instrument popular in Madeira (one of the Portuguese islands).
  3. In some Arab countries, Persia and Greece the word for Orange is very similar to the word Portugal – this is because it is believed that the Portuguese were the ones who introduced Oranges (originally from China) to these Mediterranean countries.
  4. It was a Portuguese queen (Catarina de Bragança) who married the English king Charles II that introduced the habit of drinking tea to the English Royal Court.
  5. The Portuguese eat more fish and shell fish per capita than any other country in the world – not sure if this is 100% true but, yeah, the Portuguese like their fish a lot 🙂