ATP- 3 Dec 2017 – doner kebab to be banned

News today. It seems the European Union will soon vote to ban the doner kebab, on the basis that the lamb meat contains too high a level of phosphates. I eat a doner kebab perhaps once every 5 years, so why someone wants to regulate my phosphate levels by law eludes me.


The word ‘feliz’ means happy or lucky. So Feliz Natal means Merry Christmas. Easy!


Tagliatelle with chestnuts and bacon. This is also easy. You need two pots, one to boil the tagliatelle, and one to fry the chestnuts and bacon.

Peel and chop the chestnuts. Dice the bacon. Chop up a little bit of celery and onion. If you want it Portuguese, put in a small amount of finely chopped garlic. OK. Heat olive oil in the frying pan, and throw everything in. It’s a quick fry, so make sure your tagliatelle is nearly cooked, because it it going into the same pan as the chestnuts and bacon for some flavour. The leaves from a sprig of rosemary add a delightful garnish.


This is a Hunters’ Moon. The moon does not go around the Earth in a circle. Sometimes it gets far away, and sometimes, like now, it gets very close. A combination of a full moon plus very close is rare. We had one tonight. There will be another one a month from now. The one after that is decades into the future.

This is the Hunters’ Moon, rising today just east of Portelas. It appears to be larger than usual, but because my little camera does not do eye-quality photographs, this is the best I could do.


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