Eating Around the World – Brazil

mapThis week, Brazil.  There were quite a few recipes I fancied making, in particular cheese bread, but it required tapioca flour, which I couldn’t find anywhere! Also various deep fried goodies, but my conscience suggested not. We made Feijoada, Brazilian black bean stew. This is apparently the national dish of Brazil and usually contains all sorts of bits of pig including snout and trotters, not feeling quite brave enough for this, I made this recipe up below.  As usual to make life a little easier I made it in the slow cooker. We served it with quinoa. Is quinoa supposed to be fluffy like cous cous when cooked?  Our wasn’t, but tasted OK.  It was VERY meaty, not normally our sort of thing, very tasty but a bit too much meat, so in future I’d add in some veg.

Feijoada - Brazilian black bean stew


  • 200g dried black beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 onion
  • 300g diced pork
  • 500g diced beef
  • 200g bacon
  • 70g chorizo, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Once beans have soaked, boil for 10mins then drain and put into the slow cooker. Fry beef and then pork until browned all over and then add to the slow cooker. Fry onion and garlic till starting to soften, add bacon and chorizo and cook for about 5mins, empty into the slow cooker. Pour boiling water over the ingredients until not quite covered.  Cook on low for 7-8hrs.


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Boys happily ate it though. For dessert I made this Torte de Banana. It sounded delicious and suggested you could serve it cold, so I made it the night before and left it in the fridge.  It was REVOLTING, I don’t know how or what happened, but the bananas seem to go very hard and very dry, actually made me gag a little.  Also the custardy stuff was way too sweet even though i’d already reduced the sugar and the melted butter which was stirred in seemed to have solidified.  Overall not good. It would probably be ok if it was eaten straight away. I try to make sure I make some sort of delicious treat to go with these meals, this week it was brigadeiros.
How have a never come across Brigadeiros before??!! They’re like a yummy caramel-fudge-truffle, not surprisingly these were a winner. So eating around the world may not be getting the boys used to differnt tastes, but it is teaching them a lot about geography.  THe Fireman can now identify Australia, UK, China and Brazil on the world map, pleased with that 🙂 We didn’t get chance to do any crafts or games, the weather that afternoon was glorious so we went and fed the ducks instead. So here is a Brazilian duck for you, otherwise known as the Brazilian Teal. Next week Mexico.brazilian teal