• Appetizers & Snacks,  Breakfast

    Banana Bread

    Banana bread or banana cake? Well, I don’t really know but this is so good that I don’t really care. I like to make it, slice it and freeze individually, so when I want a slice for breakfast or snack It’s easy to defrost. For this recipe I used almond nuts, but you can use any kind you like. Also I added poppy seeds but you can take it out if you’d prefer. I like to make other variations with the flour as well. Enjoy! Ingredients 4 bananas 1/2 cup olive oil 2 eggs 100g honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup almond milk 40g brown sugar 1 tsp baking…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Peruvian Ceviche

    OMG! I went crazy when I found out the chef of my favorite Peruvian restaurant had shared his ceviche recipe on a TV show – of course I had to try it! I made some changes because I couldn’t find one of the ingredients and I forget to buy some others. Feel free to look at his recipe here and make it his way. The only thing I can say is that it is delicious. If you can find banana chips that you can serve it with, they are a great match too. The snapper 600g snapper fillet, skinless Clean the snapper and kip the offcuts for the leche de…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Choripan Argentino

    Choripan is a kind of sandwich that’s popular in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Perú. Even though I’ve been to Argentina before, I didn’t spend enough time there to try choripan. It seems crazy but the first time that I discovered choripan was here in Australia while visiting the food trucks over summer. Chimichurri is well-known in the south of Brazil, because that’s where Brazil borders with Argentina. It’s a sauce that goes well with steaks and barbecue meats, so I decided to put it together with Choripan. In some parts of the world, people call the mix of diced tomato and red onion “salsa” but in Brazil we call it…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Baked Corn

    I’m so excited for Festa Junina, one more week and I can eat all the beautiful food from this celebration. This corn today is my variation of the normal corn served for Festa Junina. Back home it would normally go on the barbecue, but since I now live in an apartment I can’t have a barbecue. All the same this turned out to be very juicy and tasty. Ingredients 4 cobs corns 2 tbsp butter, melted salt to taste ½ tsp paprika ¼ tsp ground chilli, and a little extra to brush onto the corn black pepper to taste Steps Mix the butter with the spices and spread the mixture…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Caramelized Popcorn

    Sweet popcorn is so delicious. During the festival of São João, it’s usually eaten caramelized or just with melted butter and salt. It doesn’t really matter – it’s yummy either way. Sweet popcorn always reminds me of when my aunty used to come from the country to my mum’s house. She would make it for me and my brother, so we would spend the whole day eating sweet popcorn. Ingredients ½ cup corn ½ cup sugar ¼ cup water ¼ oil Steps Mix everything in a pot and bring to a medium heat. It will start cook and will take some time until the corn starts to pop. Let a…

  • 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…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Steak Sandwich

    Tired from work but still still want to eat something delicious? Simple ingredients combined together to make this yummy steak sandwich. I bet you will get addicted! Ingredients 4 slices sourdough bread 300g steak 4 tomatoes, sliced 2 cos lettuce leaves mustard to taste butter to taste paprika to taste salt to taste black pepper to taste guacamole (recipe here) Steps Start by putting butter on the bread slices, then toast or grill them. Grill the steak. After grilling it, add salt, black pepper, paprika and let it rest for 3-5 min. To put the sandwich together, start by putting some mustard on the bread. Add one leaf of lettuce,…

  • Appetizers & Snacks

    Guacamole

    It is so funny how much I’ve changed since I came to Australia. There are so many things that I didn’t use to eat back home just because they weren’t part of my culture. Guacamole was one of them. I couldn’t understand how to use avocado to make something savoury,  because most of the time back home we used avocado to make smoothies – mashing them, and adding milk powder and sugar. These days I ask myself how I spent so long without eating such a good thing, it’s just a shame that avocado here is not as cheap and as big as in Brazil. Ingredients 1 avocado 30g red…

  • Appetizers & Snacks,  Brazilian Food

    Pão de Queijo – Cheese Bread

    This is not like any bread with cheese that you can find easily. The biggest difference is that pão de queijo is made with cassava flour instead of normal white flour. The best thing is that this simple bread is gluten free, easy to make and you can make a big batch and freeze it.This bread i s very popular in the state of Minas Gerais, but it’s one more food that Brazil got from the African slaves, and of course in the end of 19th century the cheese and milk became more easily available in Brasil so they added these ingredients to the cassava breads that they already used…

  • Appetizers & Snacks,  Brazilian Food

    Beijú – Brazilian Pancake

    I know, it sounds weird to categorise a pancake as Brazilian. But this is our way to make a pancake. It is so delicious and if you look at the ingredients, you will ask if I am crazy because they don’t make sense. Don’t worry and trust me, once you make it you will love it. We normally just eat with butter for breakfast or afternoon tea, or with a meat filling for lunch or dinner. Steps 500g tapioca starch 600mL water salt to taste Ingredients In a bowl, mix tapioca starch, salt and water until it becomes a milky colour. Let it sit overnight. The next day, take the…