I have just got back from my parents farm in the North East part of Portugal. This property comprises of land with olive trees and other fruit orchards. It is a place where we all gather, family and friends, to recharge batteries for the new year ahead. This year, my friends and I spent some days harvesting the 75 year old olive trees which surround the main house. A very labourious process which culminated in beautiful organic virgin olive oil, very much for a year of family consumption, a beautiful green liquid to savour in all the dishes to be created in the year ahead. The time we all spent together was also for sharing food, incredible traditional dishes which were revisited by my mother and I. As for my first New Year blog entry I have decided to present you with a delicious pumpkin compote which is traditionally served on top of a slice of “Requeijão” – a traditional delicious curdled sheep’s milk cheese. This time I decided to serve it with Ricotta, the Italian equivalent and topped with flavoursome toasted almonds. Happy New Year!