Portuguese Culture and History

Portugal Day is officially the day of Luís Vaz de Camōes (a Portuguese Poet) who wrote "Os Lusiadas" published in 1592 (The Lusiads), an epic poem about the voyages of  Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama to the East (they were both distantly related) and the discovery of the sea route to India. He died on June 10, 1580.
The National day of Portugal is celebrated annually on the 10th of June. It is one of the public holidays in Portugal and is celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world. On this day we honor the rich culture, heritage and the history of the nation. People celebrate this day with large gatherings, programs and many different events take place in many different countries. Read on to be transported to an Alfresco dinner with delish make ahead recipes.
Here I am getting ready to celebrate with some cool and crisp blues.

Here you can see some of my blue and white designs that were inspired by my travels by to Portugal, specially the "Vincentian Coast" in the South of Portugal.

Vincentina Coast Tablecloths by Diga Linda

Vincentina Coast


Here I used the napkins to decorate the bottom of a tray.

Caprese Salad, regular or on a stick as appetizer - Make ahead

I had a crowd over yesterday and made lots of this delicious appetizer;

Caprese on a stick directions:

- Place the mini tomatoes, mozzarela balls, basil all in a salad bowl and marinate with balsamic vinegar, a bit of salt and olive oil.
- Start by placing first one tomato, then folded basil (one large leaf), then mozarella, then basil again and finish with another tomato!
I served them on a melamine lazy Susan for outdoors.

Regular salad directions:

- Slice tomatoes, mozarella and basil leaves. Start by arranging them in a plate alternating the mozarella and tomato then sprinkle with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, a bit of salt and olive oil. 
Leave in the fridge until ready to use.

Pesto and Parmesan Sticks

I made those bread sticks as well that you see in the picture. I just made pizza doug then added pesto and sprinkle parmesan cheese in a square piece of dough rolled out then cut in equal parts, roll them and sprinkle more cheese. Bake 15 minutes in a 500 degree oven or until brown.
So fresh for the Summer
Also since I love vintage so much here is a beautiful Spode plate that I have for sale!
Spode Blue Room "Caramanian" Plate
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Elegant living with coordinated grace.
Diga Linda ~ Say Beautiful
By Ceci Mason
June 10, 2024 — Cecilia Mason

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