Gastronomy of the Algarve
This area of the Algarve offers a wide range of recipes that use the local produce as much as possible. Dishes like Galinha cerejada (cherry chicken -so called because of the colour of the chicken), carne de porco com amêijoas (pork with clams), feijoada de javali (bean stew with wild boar), lebre com feijão branco (hare with white beans) as well as some of the more familiar like frango no churrasco (barbecued chicken) and various bacalhau (dried salt cod) dishes.
Starters often include spicy sausages (enchidos)- sometimes served flaming, and fresh goats cheeses, marinated carrots and, of course, olives and fresh bread.
Desserts - If you haven't noticed by now, the Portuguese love their cakes and desserts! Arroz doce (sweet rice pudding); Bolinhos de massa de amêndoa (little cakes of marzipan) in various shapes like fruits, vegetables, fish and flowers; Pudim de amêndoa (almond pudding); Bolachas de mel (little honey cakes) and figs stuffed with chocolate or almonds are all typical
A very sweet treat is a Dom Rodrigo - a mixture of ground almonds, egg yolks and sugar and wrapped in silver paper. Of course figs and fresh fruits are normally offered as well!