Food, and RECIPES!

Sorry I have not updated recently, been getting distracted and finally I got guilty enough to get to work!! I got a number of requests about food and recipes, so that’s what this post is all about! Fist of all, a quick rundown on Brazilian food and meals:
The 3 meals a day are breakfast (café da manhã), lunch (almoço), and dinner (jantar).
Café da manhã is a small meal, usually just bread with butter or cheese, and cappuccino or coffee. I usually eat breakfast around 7 in the morning, right before school.
Almoço is the main meal of the day, usually eaten around 1 pm, which is right after school. Practically every day we eat salad, rice and beans, some kind of meat/poultry/fish, and some kind of vegetable/greens.
Jantar is in the evening, usually around 7 pm but often later, and tends to be a smaller meal as well.
But no one cares about that. What you want is some of the actual FOOD! So I’m going to throw out a few recipes here, and I will continue to post recipes as I come across those that people may like, but here is a starter:
First of all, actual food:
Bacalhau com arroz
(Cod with rice)
800g shredded cod
1 red bell pepper
1 can dried peas
1 cup chopped olives
1 onion, chopped
3 tomatoes w/out skin, seeds (optional)
2 cups rice
½ cup oil
Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish. Add 5 cups boiling water, cover with tinfoil and put in oven for 1h 15min at 350 degrees.

This is a Portuguese influenced dish, and it is very tasty!
However, here is the IMPORTANT part of this post: THE SWEETS! Because the thing about Brazil is that they make sweets out of EVERYTHING! They make sweets out of papaya, pumpkin, carrot, corn, the list goes on! Here are a few:

Brigadeiro
This is a typical Brazilian sweet that is traditionally served at birthday parties. There are many, many variations, so if you want to try out different kinds do a little research online. These are my favorites so far:

Brigadeiro branco
Ingredients:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon margarine/butter
50% cocoa chocolate powder
Cook on stovetop, constantly stirring, until it is no longer sticking to the bottom of the pot. Take off stove, put in dish and let cool. Then, grease your hands with the margarine/butter and roll the brigadeiro into little balls, with a height/width approximately that of a quarter. Next, roll the candy in the chocolate to coat.

Brigadeiro stuffed apricots
So with this one, you’re going to start by making the same brigadeiro recipe. Then, you are going to get dried apricots, and if you look closely you can see that each apricot has a little slit in it, an opening. Get a small knife and cut along the apricot’s “seam” to open it up and turn it into a pocket. Next, get a spoon and stuff the apricot with brigadeiro. Finally, get melted chocolate and dip the open end of the apricot into the chocolate and put it aside. Keep going until you run out of ingredients! This is so amazingly delicious.

Aaaand one more:
Doce de morango
(Strawberry dessert)
. Ingredients: Meringues (vanilla flavor)
Strawberries, sliced
Heavy cream
Start with your meringues. These are going to go into the bottom of a pan (or any kind of dish, really, because you aren’t going to be cooking this). The layer of meringues needs to cover the bottom of the dish completely. Then, don’t pulverize them, but crush them down a little bit with your hand. Then layer the sliced strawberries on top. There shouldn’t be a white space left by the time you finish! Finally, whip up your heavy cream. It doesn’t have to be all the way whipped and stiff, it can still be a little runny. Spoon that on top of the strawberry layer. Now, just cover your creation with some saran wrap and stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours. The idea here is for the meringues to get soggy and delicious. Scoop it out with a spoon when you are ready to eat!

Now, I know I don’t have any pictures of these because I didn’t think to take any when we were making them, and I don’t have any on hand at the moment, but the next time we make them I will be sure to take some pics for you all! If you have any questions leave a comment for me, and I will do my best to respond.
I’ll try to do another update soon to make up for my absence!

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4 thoughts on “Food, and RECIPES!

  1. Hi Gabby,
    Sounds like you’re enjoying the cuisine!! That’s great! Too hard to study when you’re hungry. ;-))
    Good to hear from you and to stay caught up on how you are doing. Pop and I look forward to your postings. We’re doing well and keeping busy. Stay well and have fun! Much love, Nancy and Pop Pop.

  2. On the Brigadeiro, do you only cook the milk and butter together? Essentially a caramel – and then roll it in the chocolate? Or do you cook the chocolate, too? If so, how much?

    If the choc is just for rolling, it sounds like it would be a lot like Argentina’s dulce de leche… Though it is probably not kosher to say so…

    Have a great weekend!
    A

    • Yes, just the milk and butter. It is very similar to caramel, yes. And I don’t know about Argentina, but we also have “doce de leite” which I’m pretty sure is the same thing. It is similar to brigadeiro but not quite! But it is truly delicious!!!

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