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I, Catarina, am in mourning over the ending of summer.
Fermentation is a thousands-year-old technique for preservation and enhancement of food. With the abundance coming from our vegetable garden, more than we can eat and share (since everyone’s garden around here is overflowing with courgettes and tomatoes as well ihih), we are exploring several alchemical ways of keeping the vegetables nutritious for longer.
Last week I was welcomed by Ricardo Brandão – walking encyclopaedia – at the Hospital of CERVAS, in Gouveia. CERVAS is a main artery of Nature in Serra da Estrela. In the whole Centre of Portugal, actually. They do fundamental work in conservation and recuperation of animals, doing, among other things, monitoring, education and recovery.
On Saturday, July 10th 2021, we opened our doors and welcomed you on our first OPEN MORNING. We wanted to meet our friends, the local community, the youngest and the eldest of the villages and towns and cities around Vale das Lobas and beyond.
The bond between dogs and humans is one of the oldest and most historical relationships we can personally know.
As we neared the restaurant, fate met us on our way, taking the shape of José da Cruz and Joaquim, two villagers born and raised in Sobral Pichorro. And so, we had the most incredible guided tour of the building, for Joaquim the lagar where his dad worked all his life, and he as well during adolescence. For Zé da Cruz, a trip to his childhood days, in a reality which we, born close to the new millennium, almost won’t believe to be true.