a tradição do pão em portugal

Pedro returned from a 3 week stay in Portugal and brought back a new addition to my small collection:

"A tradição do pão em Portugal" by the French ethnographer Mouette Barboff  is a beautiful must-have book for all those interested in Portuguese bread. It doesn't have any recipes, sadly, but it is a very thorough research of traditional techniques and styles of bread from the various regions, from seed to table. Inevitably, memories of my grandfather making cornbread exactly the same way as described in the book came back to me. And so I decided to make corn bread today. In reading it I also found out that in some regions there is a tradition in couscous making. I did not know that. 

Four floors of furniture

We went to Savannah last weekend for the first time. It's a beautiful old city with "old money", an english like feel to it, where ghosts exist and men hold the doors for woman at all times. Our interest of all things old and dusty made us walk into this ground level antique shop.

We thought this was just another small antique shop until we climbed up this stair case:

What once used to be living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens are now filled with furniture, frames, toys, photos and weird old things: all 4 floors of it. 

The house seemed to have been abandoned for quite some time and in the midst of it someone filled it up with old furniture for sale but didn't repair the cracks on the floor or seal up broken windows. We explored the whole thing all the way up the creaky flight of stairs to the amazing broken down patio on the top floor.