Welcome to The Purple Door Supper Club. I’m thrilled you’re here!  I have so much I want to share with you. I’m here to make a life out of what I love, and what I love is cooking and decor. I am passionate about The Purple Door Supper Club, and I truly believe that passion is relayed back to my readers through the innovative and exciting content that I post. Explore my site, and all that I have to offer. Perhaps The Purple Door Supper Club will ignite your own passions too. I am wife to Carlos, a mom to four girls and three boys. I love reading interior decor magazines, rearranging furniture, reinventing my Portuguese food roots into modern and exciting recipes to share with you. I collect cookbooks and interior decor magazines. I love perfume, red lipstick and shoes. 

September 11, 2019

Years ago, my sister and I coined the phrase , "it all starts with the shower curtain", a red and cream, troupe-l'oel one to be exact. It was so beautiful, but that change in the bathroom started a chain reaction of room changes that led to a complete house makeover....

September 6, 2019

Today I am sharing my pretty fall tablescape. I love dishes, cups, bowls... In fact, my husband thinks I may need an intervention. I have a bit of an obsession. Being a chef and blogger means I need alot of props. Having my supper club also means I like to highlight fo...

September 4, 2019

Last week, Starbucks started serving Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! Can you believe my favourite season is upon us?

I absoulutley love the fall, or autumn if you prefer. Since I last invited you in, I have made a few key changes to my home. I swapped my sofas. I put the grey on...

July 29, 2019

I know, I know...where have I been? Well alot has been happening here at Casa Castro. Lots of new ventures and commitments. 

July is quickly coming to an end, which is so strange for me. In the UK summer holidays do not start until late July, the 23rd. of July for my ki...

Summer is just around the corner and I thought I would share with you some of fabulous items I am lusting after right now. 

This year in fashion you can expect to see the python trend going strong. I personally do not consider animal prints a trend. To me...

This has got to be one of my favourite childhood dishes. It is simply braised beef with the spaghetti, or other pasta of your liking, added to the same pot. Italians will tell you an abundance of water is needed to cook pasta, but it is simply not true. In fact some pa...

After having trouble finding pickled carrots here in the UK, I considered making my own pickles at home. It is sooo easy! You can even experiment with different vegetables or even fruits. This is my fuss free go to pickling mix. Use the pickles for a few recipes on the...

This dish is a classic of the beloved Portuguese tasca. Tascas, adored most in Lisbon, are tiny little restaurants. Little holes in the wall. Not fancy, decorated or adorned. Not worried about Trip Advisor reviews, that have been there for not just years but generation...

April 28, 2019

 I must start by saying that I am not a sweets person at all. I never crave chocolate, GASP....I know I get that all the time. I much prefer savoury things. Every once in a very long while, I will crave my chocolate mousse. Blame growing up in the 80's and Portuguese....

April 27, 2019

I actually wasn't sure if I should post this recipe being that rabbit is not a very popular meat here in the UK, but in the spirit of preserving my mother's recipes, I owe it to my readers and my country to share. The best thing about this recipe is the sauce and it is...

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Paella: Rice at Its Best
Authentic arroz en paella made over an outdoor fire. Socarrat (soh-kah-raht, from the verb socarrar, which means to toast lightly) is the caramelized crust of rice that sometimes sticks to the bottom of the pan. It is the prize in a well-made paella. Come see what all the hype is about.