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 the streets. In the street that I used to live with my family we know everybody. It’s a dead-end street so we get to together with local families to organise the street with all of this. Each family brings a typical São João dish to put on the table, and during the festa (party) we dance forró. Forró is a northeast style of song and dance . The night is all about dressing up to look like a person from the countryside of Brazil.
Until the 24th of June I will be sharing with you the food we eat during this time of celebration. I hope you like it.
- 1kg cassava, grated*
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 240g sugar
- 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
- 100g shredded coconut, optional
- 1tbsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Grease a pan with butter and flour.
- Mix butter and sugar until combined, add egg and mix until creamy.
- Add the other ingredients and mix well.
- Cook it for about 45 minutes or until everything is cooked and slightly golden on top.
*Cassava can be found in any Asian supermarket in the frozen area or fresh in markets such as Footscray Market.