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A rich life in Portugal: home-made pesto from your own garden

I apologize in advance, dear readers, little time!

I need to make some pesto

The basil is doing great in the greenhouse. They like heat, not wind, so they are finally in a good place. No more worrying about ailing plants. Now they shoot up, and if I cut off some branches and put them in a glass of water, they start to make roots too.

I just come from the garden, where I’ve been tidying up the tomato plants. They make quite a few yards, those ladies, and if you don’t keep up with that (and I didn’t), their stick breaks, they just grow all mixed up in whatever direction, while they go on and on with the making of kilos and kilos of tomatoes.

Part of it becomes a soup base, part sauce base. The peppers and eggplant go in the sauce base. The basil turns into pesto. The plums become jam. And the wine will probably run out in between.

This friendly gentleman came by with it, a bottle of vinho caseiro, and that’s nice, because one needs a booster with this weather and all that work.

Certainly nice to do, processing your harvest, but it takes quite a lot of time

And I spent quite some of that during the past week playing (board) gaming, (catching up) chatting, celebrating. Certainly nice to do, but that also takes quite a lot of time!

But … as a consolation a chance to win a weekend at Termas-da-Azenha. Tell us what this is, and you’re a contender!

send your answer to info@termas-da-azenha / put it on Facebook or Insta

Then next week we’re going to give you the results, and then talk about the Solar Cooking King, and his way of putting dinner on the table.

Until then!


We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal.

A big step, especially with two small children.

We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday houses, rooms and a campsite.

You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

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