Before Coronavirus I had to take a work trip to Portugal for training purposes. Like anyone who travels you always think what you can bring back to friends and family, I didn’t have a lot of luggage space and didn’t want to break the bank so I opted for an experience I could bring back to them.
One of the best dishes out of Portugal are these pastels de nata (cream tarts or Macao tarts depending on where you first encounter them). Which are tricky to make by hand and take a few hours of work. Now I’ve tried them frozen from the supermarket but they weren’t as good fresh and With the size of my suitcase In mind I turned to Airbnb. Airbnb now has an experience section where you can find photograph opportunities and cooking classes and it was from here that I found someone to teach me how to make these delicious egg tarts.
In the few months since my trip I’ve made these tarts twice and each time I get better and they get more professional tasting. Each time I get “this is the best” from my partner and son, truelly the best Christmas gift that keeps on giving.