Showing posts with label Brazilian products. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brazilian products. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Brazilian street food - Bahia - acarajé and vatapá

To celebrate another Brazilian match in the worldcup 2014, this Tuesday,  a recipe I adapted from the original so everyone can make at home a delicious canapé. Similar to Arabic Falafel invented in the Middle East, acarajé means 'eating ball of fire' due to the method of preparation, the dish got its name. The Arabs brought this delicacy to Africa in several raids during the seventh to the nineteenth centuries. Dried Beans and Chickpeas Falafel were alternated by local black-eye beans in Africa. This traditional dish was brought  to Bahia by the African slaves to Brazil in colonial times  They are sold under strict policies by the street sellers, the Bahianas who wear their customary white long and embroidered garments and headdresses.
Tabuleiro da Bahiana in the streets of Salvador - Bahiana's board, ph: Pierre Verger
Acarajé and vatapá,  are sold among other delicacies by the Bahianas (women from Bahia) in the street of Salvador, and it's the main attraction on their board (tabuleiro). According to history,  the recipe although not secret, can not be modified. Another dish steeped in local religion, culture and with historical references. 
The Bahianas, who sell acara in the streets of Salvador,  have been given national heritage status. Bahia Acarajé is recognised together with traditional knowledge, production methods and marketing of food called Bahia, made ​​with palm oil, especially acarajé. The production and consumption of food Bahianas Acarajé or Baianas board (tabuleiro da Baiana) are deeply rooted in everyday in the Bahia's population

This recipe is based on the original with a few alterations. 

Acarajé & Vatapa
Makes: about 15-20 canapes ( 1 dessertspoon) per Acaraje

Acarajé dough:
1 large onions onion
1/2kg black-eyed  beans

Salt to taste
oil to deep fry -  ideally, half flavourless oil and half palm oil. 
If you can't find palm oil, use flavourless oil only.

150 g of roasted cashew nuts
• 150g roasted peanuts 
150g dried shrimp
150g of fresh shrimp 
300g stale bread
• 50g freshly grated coconut or shop bought

5 tablespoons of palm oil, or flavourless oil
1 big tomato, skinned, de-seeded
1/2 onion, finely diced
 a handful of  herbs: chives, cilantro, parsley to taste , finely chopped
1/2 bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup shrimp broth
• 100ml of coconut milk
100ml milk


Acarajé dough:
1. In a bowl place the beans in water for 24 hours

2.the skins  will separate the grain,
3. Remove the floating skins and blend with the chopped onion until smooth. Salt to taste
4. pour into another bowl and continue whisking well, tapping the help of a wooden spoon, it will stay fluffy
5. fry them in  half oil palm and  and half oil

6. drain on kitchen towel. Reserve.

1. Dice the bread and let the pieces soften in milk and coconut milk
2. Then whisk this mixture in a blender and set aside
3. Blend together the peanut, cashew nuts, shrimp and the coconut. add to bread mix  and shrimp (fish) broth and blend again.
4. Beat well and season to taste

5. In a medium size pan, 5 spoons of palm oil (or flavorless oil), finely diced onions, tomato, bell peppers cook for 5 minutes,

6. place the nut and bread mixture stirring until the bottom of  the pan can be seen when traced it with a wooden spoon.

7. Add the herbs. Reserve.

To serve:
1. Break the  acarajés in half and fill with Vatapá
2. Preferably leave to fry the acarajés before serving

Monday, 25 February 2013

Brazilian Lime mousse

Last week I received a big basket containing Brazilian limes. Brazilian limes are in season throughout the year. They are a great way to add freshness and texture to your cooking, as well as being a healthy way to flavour dishes.

Brazilian limes are completely seedless and tend to be lighter green in colour. They are known for having thin skins, which makes them much juicier.
I use limes everyday for salad dressings, sauces and in drinks.
If life gives you limes make caipirinha! I make a little 6 seconds  Vine showing how to make caipirinha: here
Brazilian Limes

Here is another easy recipe to sweeten life.

Brazilian lime mousse 

1 can of condensed milk
1/2 cup of fresh lime juice (about 6 limes)
3 egg whites whipped to stiff peaks - make sure the eggs are organic and fresh

Serves 4 generous portions

1. first prepare the eggs whites: First of all, make sure that your equipment (mixer and bowl)  is grease free. Add the egg whites to the clean bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites for 5 minutes till they are nicely fluffy and stiff peaks. reserve.
2. mix  very well the condensed milk and the fresh lime juice to a double cream consistency.
3. add the stiff egg whites slowly to the lime mixture.
4. dish out into cups and leave to chill for a least 3 hours

Thanks to  @BrazilianLimes  for sending the limes. 


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Where to stay in São Paulo?

I just wonder how much people actually know about São Paulo, the city where I was born, grew up and lived till the early nineties.  I wonder because I get asked many questions and some of them are quite intriguing to say the least. First of all, answering one reasonable  question: where to stay in São Paulo?  Well, during my recent travel to São Paulo, last December, I was lucky enough to be invited to the InterContinental São Paulo which has been going through an overall renovation. A luxurious hotel, The InterContinental, is located in the heart of São Paulo city near the famous Paulista Avenue surrounded by glamour and plenty of shopping choices. The underground (Trianon-Masp) is just two blocks away from the hotel so you can reach anywhere in the city very fast. It's central location makes it easy to explore this fantastic city.  Their concierge team can plan a day trip to fit their guests needs, that is usually carefully planned for one person or for a couple with a car or a van. The InterContinental São Paulo is famous for it's Sunday brunch, unfortunately I couldn't make it that day, but I did go during the week for a lovely breakfast with Juliana and Amanda, who I met through my friend and fellow blogger Charles Yap.
The hotel is situated in one of the best neighbourhoods in the city, called Jardins, surrounded by the best local and worldwide famed shops and galleries in town.

Here are some highlights of this modern and elegant hotel: 

 Lobby area

Bar area

Saude! = Cheers!
 Convention center and meeting rooms - ideal for business or for private celebrations. Nine fully-equipped function rooms, open areas for coffee break and excellent in-house catering.
 The swimming pool, perfect in a sunny hot weather

Tarsila  Restaurant
Famous for their Sunday brunch

06:00am – 10:30am / Lunch 12:00 – 3:00pm
07:00pm  - 11:00pm
07:00am – 11:00am
12:00 – 3:00pm
07:00pm  - 11:00pm
Brunch only on Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00pm 

Tarsila's menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are carefully prepared by the Chef Marcelo Pinheiro, who has over 15 years experience  and has worked in various kitchens in Brazil and internationally. In 2007, he was the only Brazilian representative at the Bocuse d'Or, the biggest event of global gastronomy.
Our breakfast was delightful and very appropriate for the hot weather in December in Brazil. A choice of cold and hot buffet, traditional  and regional breads from all over Brazil are on offer. Plenty of tropical juices, coffee and tea.
Delicious fresh local cheeses

Fresh juices, includes orange, passion fruit, mango, watermelon, coconut water and pineapple. Something for everyone!
Pao de Queijo
variety of breads
ingredients = made to order omelettes.  You choose your fillings.

Great quality produce, freshly prepared with great care

The restaurant deco is a bit tired and uninspiring, but fear not! the restaurant is schedule for renovation beginning of 2012, I can't wait to go back to see the results.
Moving over to the accommodation...
The renovated executive room: Just as a guide line during the months of December 2011 and January 2012, this suite costs between US$700 to US$900 / night.

Executive room

The Breakfast menu
Room service menu
The InterContinental Sao Paulo service is charming, friendly and sophisticated, without being pompous. All the modern cons you would expect at a luxury hotel. Perfect place to stay when in São Paulo or just pop in for a drink at the bar and why not try the food at Tarsila.
Hot&Chilli was guest at InterContinental Sao Paulo.
More images: here

Monday, 22 August 2011

Shops I Like

People keep asking me where they can find Brazilian ingredients and produce in London,  so here is a guide of places I like to shop for Brazilian ingredients.  Some are local to me and some are not. I don't only cook Brazilian food so I thought I would mention a couple of shops I like too.

All over London
Lisboa Delicatessen - Long establish and traditional deli selling Portuguese and Brazilian products can be found in the 4 shops in London. From salted cod to spices to fresh or cured meat.  Here you find all the meats for feijoada among other ingredients.
I've been a customer since I arrived in London in the 90's.
54, Golborne Road, Portobello, W10 5NR  t: 0208 969 1052
6, World's End Place, Chelsea,  SW10 t: 0207 376 3639
4, Plender Street, Camden, London NW1  t: 0207 387 1782
147- 149, South Lambert Road, Stockwell, London SW8 t: 0207 587 1612

My local shops in Brixton
Continental - Portuguese deli with a great cheese, cured meat selections, Portuguese breads, custard tarts, cakes and some very nice finger foods. They sell some Brazilian products like vacuum packed feijoada meats, already prepared you just cooked it; cheese bread mix, coffee, teas etc. Fresh produce can be found in store too.
This friendly shop is situated around the corner from the colourful Brixton tube station -  Smooth Radio Love London Awards 2010. They close the whole of August every year for summer holiday.  I wish I could do the same!

Continental Deli 
3 Atlantic Road, Brixton,  
London SW9 8HX
Tel: 0207 733 3766.

O Talho butchers-  This shop sells a huge selection of meats cured, smoked, fresh, vacuum packed etc. for barbecues, feijoada etc. They also have a extensive selection of frozen ready made Portuguese and Brazilian dishes finger foods like coxinha, bolinho de bacalhau, pao de queijo, cassava, fishes etc. On the selves:  salt cod (bacalhau), very good quality olive oils,  piri-piri, tins, cans and tetra-packs galore. 
2 massive fridges full of drinks and sauces.  Fresh produce is sold in store too.
O Talho
13 Atlantic Road, Brixton
t: 020 7501 9540 

Motta Meat Center  (above) * Sadly it has closed down*- Brazilian Butchers situated in Brixton Arcade. Here you find selected meats and special cuts, including chicken hearts. Update: Check by phone before you go - last weekend it was closed (Dec 2011)
Brazilian Point
10-14, Market Row
Electric Avenue
t: 0207 733 5144

No frills mini market that sells an assortment of fresh fruit, vegetable;  African, Asian and  Caribbean products . Fantastic shop where you find the most interesting ingredients here.  

Nour Cash & Carry
23 Market Row, Brixton, 
London SW9 8LB
t.: 020 7274 4600


Fresh fish

Salt dried fishes
5, Market Row

Brixton Foodland  

variety of fresh produce. Friendly and helpful service

4, Market Row


South West - Parsons Green

Emporio São Paulo- *Sadly it has closed down* -  a family run cafe/deli in Parsons Green. Eat in or take away this place oozes  charm. It's great atmosphere and service given them a edge above the rest.  They serve fresh bread, gorgeous cakes, deli sandwiches, freshly made salads and juices; cold meats, cheese, wines and they had a organic food children's corner. A selection of special diet products can be found here: gluten, diary and wheat free. Brazilian and non-Brazilian specialities can be found on the shelves, fridges and freezers. Thanks for The London Foodie  for most of the images. 

When in West London:
Casa Brasil - not my local, but when visiting friends in West London, the place to pop in and stock up. Brazilian shop with a diverse range of foods, fresh and frozen produce, beauty products, magazines, dvd, cd's, drinks, off license, clothes, brazilian chocolates and souvenirs. Located inside an arcade near Baywater and Queensway tube station.
Casa Brasil 
Unit E, Queensway Market
23-25, Queensway
London W2 4QJ
t: 0207 792 2931
The Glorious Fin & Flounder

Fin & Flounder - a modern take on fishmongers. Helpful and prompt service. Twitter: @finandflounder
71 Broadway Market,
Camarelli (above) is a Brazilian butchers based in London Fields.  It has comprehensive list of meats for sale. They also sell a good selection of Brazilian products, nearest train station is Hackney Central and London Fields. They deliver across London.
223, Mare Street 
E8 3QE 

Unless otherwise stated, all photographs in this post are by hot&chilli.
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