Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article, you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting the distance from our home country let …

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3 minute introduction to modern Portugal  

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  Since 1974, when it emerged from one of the longest lasting dictatorships in Europe, Portugal has come up in leaps and bounds. This post celebrates recent achievements and serves as an introduction to those who don’t know much about modern Portugal.   Quick run through 1975-2015 It rebuilt its democratic institutions, entered the EEC (European Economic Community) in 1986, …

Science resources in Portuguese

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We always aimed to encourage our girls to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We have therefore aimed to expose them to books and other experiences around these subjects. CBeebies, for example, has great science programmes such as Nina and the Neurons, Do you know and The Lets Go Club. The problem is that, obviously, all of …

Portuguese Women in STEM

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have always been dominated by men. There have been a few ‘invisible’ STEM women pioneers in the past. Thankfully, there is now a drive to attract, and maintain, women in those subject areas. In this post I want to shed a spotlight on notable Portuguese women across STEM.   Notable Portuguese women in Science …

Brilliant Portuguese Women who made History

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It’s International Women’s Day (Dia International da Mulher). Today Mother Tongue Notes is celebrating Portuguese women who’ve made a difference in various sectors of society from politics to science. Some are well known, others not so much. The aim is to provide a point of reference for parents to discuss with their children of Portuguese heritage, so that boys and …

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Make memories of your holiday trip home last longer with a photo book

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We can’t go back home as much as I’d like. So I found a way to make memories of that rare holiday last longer. I had great hopes for our Christmas trip home, the first in five years. And it was fantastic. We made so many wonderful memories. It was the first time that both girls were old enough to …

How to make Portuguese style Piri-Piri sauce recipe. Clear jar containing sauce.

How to make Portuguese style Piri-Piri sauce [Recipe]

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If you’ve come across a Nando’s, you probably know that Piri Piri chicken has a Portuguese connection. The chain was set up by a Portuguese immigrant in South Africa and Portuguese people love chicken barbequed with Piri Piri. You will find a jar of Piri Piri sauce is most Portuguese households and certainly in all restaurants. My dad kept one he …

A cheat recipe for a quick, economic and healthy pizza - cooked sardine pizza

A cheat recipe for a quick, economic and healthy pizza

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It’s common knowledge that sardines are packed with good nutrients, however, I couldn’t see how I could get my kids to have sardine here in the UK. Then one day we thought of making our own pizza… Mind you, I love the idea of making my own from scratch but only ever managed that once. Here’s a cheat recipe for …

Cascais Christmas Village

Cascais Christmas Village: boutique Christmas experience on a budget near Lisbon

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If you read my last post, The Christmas Tag, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of the commercial side of Christmas. I’ve never even taken my girls to a Father Christmas Grotto, that’s how much I dislike that kind of thing – and queues! The Cascais Christmas Village is no Winter Wonderland in Hyde park, which I’ve been to …