Why have an outside dining room?
An outside dining room is a very foreign concept for us British people. However here in Portugal where a kitchen separate to the house was the norm it’s less of an issue.
In the old days and in some current grandmas’ houses, there will be an outside kitchen: “the centre of family life”. They are warm in the winter and full of traditional cooking smells.
The reason that it was separate to the house was that cooking on an open fire created lots of smoke and heat better got rid of in a separate building no matter how basic.
Now the fashion for more wealthy Portuguese people is to have an outside kitchen which produces all those childhood favorite meals and space to entertain friends and family so it has become an outside dining room.
Why have an outside dining room? It doesn’t matter whether you are a bank manager or a bartender this is what people aspire too.
When I say entertain I mean of course home produced meat, vegetables, bread and wine that they grew up on. The outside kitchens of today will have a built in barbeque with a chimney going outside not one of the B&Q variety that will last you a few months.
They will also have a large wood fired oven for cooking bread, chickens, stews, whole goats or young suckling pigs “leitão” or if you are really hip Pizza !
The basic construction is a tiled roof with or without walls that produces enough shade in the summer to cook and eat enormous amounts of food with a large group of friends.
Here are three examples
One thing that is a constant is enough space to dine comfortably.
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