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Cooking! Cataplana Recipe!


Hello dear readers,

One of my dear followers Wawahals from the blog PrettySwan has asked me for the Cataplana recipe after seeing a photo on Instagram! I have never done this dish before but I help my mom a lot and seen it be done loads of time. It’s a summer dish and very popular in the Coast and South of Portugal. It is named after the recipient it uses to cook, the Cataplana, a traditional cask iron closed pan.
Here is the recipe! Enjoy!



400g of Grouper(fish)
500g of clams
16 Shrimps 40/60
6 Surimi (optional)
4 tomatoes ( sliced)
2 white wine glasses
2 onions (sliced thin)
2 cloves of garlic
1 bailey leaf
1 spoon of tomato pulp
1 pinch of coriander
1 red/green pepper
1 chilli pepper (no seeds)
Olive oil

On a Cataplana put some olive oil, garlic and onion to simmer…

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Two Bike Cultures: Weighing the Pros and Cons


Women riding as a group. Image credit: carbon addiction Women riding as a group.
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I’m new to the bike, as regular readers will know. Being less than a year into it, I haven’t really settled into any particular ‘culture’ yet. So I need to qualify my comments a bit. I’ve only done a little bit of riding with road cyclists and a little bit of bike training with triathletes.

And I’ve been struggling with the bike over my few months of riding. First it was the clipless pedals. Then there was the issue knowing what a comfortable distance should be and by what increments to increase it (note: doubling previous furthest distance is too extreme for me).

And lately it’s been the demoralizing feeling that I’ll never get faster. And I’ve also got some toe numbness that sets in at about 20km.

And I should add that I’ve got persistent fears of…

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