KICKS OF Brazilian Flavour!

Thursday, July 03, 2014    

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Football fanatic Christopher Dehring could not have scripted this FIFA World Cup any better. It's his seventh World Cup, but it's also a homecoming of sorts as his lovely Brazilian wife Katia is introducing her husband and daughter Shiloh to the Almeida family, the food and the culture. Football, however, remains top of the agenda and, like everybody else in Brazil, they're taking it all in.

Thursday Life shares a few Brazilian treats from the Almeida kitchen.

Chris and Katia Dehring in Sao Paulo at the England vs Uruguay match with Caruso Almeida (Katia's brother).

Typical breakfast in northern Brazil

— Pao de queijo — small cheese breads — very popular...everywhere you go in Brazil

— Tapioca — made with cassava flour, similar to our bammy but filled with cheese

— Paozinho frances — smaller version of French bread

— Mamao — papaya

— Suco de goiaba — guava juice

— Cafe — strong Brazilian coffee

THE CHEFS

The chefs (from left): Katia Dehring, Keite Almeida (Katia's sister), Maria Almeida (Katia's mother), Leida Freitas (Katia's cousin) and Dehring's daughter Shiloh.

Brazilian home-cooked meal

Feijoada — similar to our stewed peas but cooked with black beans instead of red peas

Farofa — cassava flour with bacon, tomato and onions and usually served with Feijoada

Couve — similar to our callaloo

Arroz Branco -— white rice

Coxinha

"Little chicken thigh" - a popular food in many countries in South America. The drumstick is a Brazilian snack that is originally from São Paulo, but is also common in Portugal, and based on dough made with wheat flour and chicken broth, which is filled with spiced chicken meat.

Pamonha

A traditional Brazilian food, it's a paste made from fresh corn and milk, boiled and wrapped in corn husks, and turned into a dumpling. Variations include pamonha de milho and pamonha de carimã, and some variants use coconut milk.

Acarajé

Made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is found in Brazilian cuisine and Nigerian cuisine. The dish is traditionally encountered in Brazil's north-eastern state of Bahia, especially in the city of Salvador, often as a street food.

Pão de queijo

A small, baked, cheese-flavoured roll/bun/puff. It's a very popular snack and breakfast item all over Brazil, but especially in the state of Minas Gerais. It is also known in Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina. These cheese puffs are distinctive not only because they are made of cassava or corn flour, but also because the inside is chewy and moist with a crumbly crust around.

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro is a simple Brazilian chocolate bonbon usually served at birthday parties and also as dessert, made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder together, covered in granulated chocolate.

Bauru

A popular Brazilian sandwich. The traditional recipe calls for cheese (usually mozzarella) melted in a bain-marie, slices of roast beef, tomato and pickled cucumber in a French bun with the crumb (the soft inner part) removed.

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