• Brazilian Food

    Cassava Cake – Bolo de Aipim

    OMG! I can’t fake my excitement about June and what it brings! I know it doesn’t make sense for a person who’s not from Brazil, or even a person who’s not from the Northeast (a Nordestino). Festa Junina or Festa de São João is an annual celebration for the three catholic saints Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Peter, and also celebrates the end of the rain and the beginning of winter. Back home we decorate the streets with “bandeirolas” that are pieces of colored paper glued to strings, we organise a campfire in the middle of the street and kids and adults drop little fire works around…

  • Brazilian Food,  Desserts

    Manjar Branco with Pitted Prunes

    Manjar branco or manjar dos deuses is normally made with milk and sugar, but uses gelatine or corn starch to make it consistent. Served with fruits in juice,  the most popular fruit usedis  pitted prunes in juice. I’m not sure of there is a story of where it really comes from, but based on a quickly search on the internet, it seems like there is a French dessert called blancmange, which would be manjar branco in Portuguese, and white custard in English. I guess it must be one more dessert that the Europeans brought to Brazil. Ingredients 120g corn starch 160g sugar 200ml coconut milk 1L milk 320g pitted prunes…

  • Brazilian Food

    Baião de Dois Australian style

    Baião de dois or Rubacão is Brazilian dish from the states in the north and the northeast, that is made from a mix of beans and rice. In some parts they add dry meat while in others they use halloumi. My father and his part of the family are from the countryside of Bahia and he likes to call it rubacão. There, they eat this dish every Sunday when all the family comes to my grandmother’s house to have lunch. Ingredients 1 can pinto beans 250g cooked rice ½ onion, chooped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 chorizo, diced 60g bacon, chopped 180g halloumi, diced 10g coriander 10g parsley salt to…

  • Mains

    Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

    Saturday is totally the day for cleaning and organising things in my house. I normally eat whatever is left over in the fridge or freezer, but sometimes the fridge is basically empty. This time my husband came back from the supermarket with some chicken drumsticks. I was busy so I decided to put them in the oven, along with some spices for flavour. To match, I made a sweet potato puree and a salad from whatever was still left in the fridge. Voilà, a Saturday lunch meal to make cleaning easier. Ingredients 6 chicken drumsticks 2 tbs oil 1 tbs vinegar ¼ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp chilli powder ¼…

  • Breakfast

    Banana Pancake

    Some people are really into savoury food for breakfast, I normally prefer sweets. Recently I have been trying to cook a little bit more healthy, even though that’s not what I’m used to. Since everybody seems to like pancakes for brekky, this is a healthy version of it. Pancake Ingredients 2 eggs 1 banana 1cup oat 150ml yogurt 1 tsp honey Steps Mix all the ingredients together and mix them in the food processor. Heat a non-stick frying pan and put a bit of the mixture on it. Banana and Strawberry Topping Ingredients 1 tbsp brown sugar 5 strawberries 1 banana, sliced 1 tbsp lemon juice Steps Place all the…

  • Appetizers & Snacks,  Mains

    Vegetarian Quesadilla

    I looove mexican food, or at least what I know of Mexican food from restaurants and websites written in English. A quesadilla is a simple, filling meal, made from a tortilla with a cheese filling, but I love how easy it is to add other ingredients.. My husband used to make this recipe but like he said, “You always steal my recipes and then make them better”. I hope you enjoy it. Quesadilla Ingredients Tortilla 400g red beans 1 cup mozzarella cheese 1 tbsp coriander 1 serve of salsa sauce (recipe below) guacamole sour cream Steps Mash the beans and mix with the salsa sauce, coriander and cheese. Put this…

  • Brazilian Food

    Rice Brazilian Style

    Rice is one of the most consumed ingredients in Brazil, we really love rice – and the most popular way of eating it, with beans and meat. Everyday style rice is usually cooked in two ways. One of them is cooking the rice in salt with a lot of water. When it is cooked it is passed through a strainer, just like you would when cooking pasta. Another, tastier ways is to fry it with onion and/or garlic . The rice is cooked until all the water absorbed and then served. Sometimes I even put saffron or tumeric, to give colour and a little flavour. Ingredients ½ brown onion, diced…

  • Mains

    Cauliflower Pizza Base

    I came across this cauliflower pizza base about 2 years and a half ago through my friend Isabella. She is all about healthy food and we had a girls night at my place, where each of us brought a dish for us to eat together at dinner. She cooked a pizza with a base that was a lot like this recipe and since then I’ve started making this healthy base. My friend Luciana showed me a similar recipe but with broccoli intead of cauliflower, I guess it will be my next flavour to try. You can put any topping, of course, my fat mind still makes me put lots of…

  • Mains

    Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

    Last year vegetable noodles started to become popular here. Since then, I went crazy with zucchini noodles. It’s such an easy and healthy way to go for lunch and dinner. I make a few variations to add protein to the meal – sometimes I eat it with halloumi or with prawn. Sometimes I even mix the zucchini noodles with carrot noodles. I also add pesto – but you can experiment a little more and mix with aioli or other sauces. Ingredients 3 zucchinis 1 full tbs kale and pistachio pesto 2 tsp oil handful cherry tomatoes halloumi cheese parmesan Cheese Steps Use a vegetable spiral mixer machine to make the…

  • Sides

    Potato Gratin

    When it comes to sides I normally like salads because they’re fast and I don’t need to think too much, but sometimes when I want something different with my meat, I make this potato gratin. It goes well with almost any kind of meat. I served mine with a piece of salt and pepper grilled steak and asparagus in brown butter, a simple and filling dish for a weekday meal. Ingredients 4 potatoes, tin sliced mozarella cheese oregano to taste Bechamel sauce Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp flour 1cup milk ½ tsp paprika salt to taste black pepper to taste ¼ tsp thyme Steps Melt the butter, add paprika,…