18 de Janeiro de 2018.
Island Oddities
20 de Janeiro de 2018.
My time here on Madeira Island stays very nice, tiring but increasingly interesting.

Let’s talk about another subject than food, that is to say food, and two famous pastries in all Portugal!

My pleasure, shared I’m pretty sure by many other people, is eating pastries, all bakeries Portuguese have! And the one I could go for from France to Portugal by foot or even by swimming to enjoy is definitely “Pastéis de nata”.

This is a little eggs flan tartlet, sold in other countries in a sad way in supermarkets when It’s not artisanal. Indeed I tasted it in France just before coming to Madeira and to Portugal, and that wasn’t such a nice moment. Because when It’s industrial you can feel there’s not a lot of flan to eat, and It tastes more like cardboard. Anyway we can say this is not the same fun to enjoy. When we have the chance to eat it hot, just out off the oven, It melts in the mouth, It’s incredibly good and enjoyable!

The second one I love is “Queijada”. This little cake is at the same time creamy, cheesy and very tasty, and each time I eat one I feel it in my body. But It’s very nice, above all with coffee. It is made with sugar, floor, cream and white cheese.

It’s a pastry going back from Arabic conquests time in Portugal. It is sayed to be from Sintra, a city North West of Lisbon. They used these little pastries as an exchange money in a certain period. Nowadays, thanks to railways reds and others means of transport, we can eat them everywhere in Portugal and outside of the country. But they are copies of the original ones made in Sintra, as the receipe is kept secret over there.

Others pastries are made in Madeira, like flan pie or Jesuits (yes, It’s also a cake), but they are not so unique than the two I presented you I think!

So now It’s your turn to enjoy them, for not much money. I hope you’ll like it!

Short bio of the volunteer:

Augustin COCHET, French (from Lyon area), with knowledges in Food Process and Food Industries. In studies reorientation : to Theater and Tourism, Human sciences; and passionate of books/magazines, new languages, food and culture.


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3, which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.