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Gluten free Cheese Biscuits

Cheese Biscuit is a classic recipe from the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás in Brazil. The main ingredient for this recipe is a popular item of Brazilian origin: the tapioca starch or tapioca flour. The history tapioca flour begins on farming and cropping cassava root, the most Brazilian of the ingredients. In the traditional communities of Brazil, tapioca is…

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Coxinha

Coxinha is a very famous Brazilian snack, almost a national treasure in Brazil. It’s a delicious deep fried chicken croquette, crispy outside, with a creamy potato and flour dough, and traditionally filled with shredded chicken. It is also common to have cream cheese along with the chicken filling. Why do Brazilians like coxinhas so much? Because is a quick snack,…

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Pão de queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread

I come from Minas Gerais, a state in the centre of Brazil which has a great culinary tradition. To us, the kitchen is the heart of the house. When you arrive at a Mineiro’s home, you are invited to the kitchen for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and some quitanda (baked goods). One of ours favourite treats to offer is pão…

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Cassava cake

Have you ever eaten Cassava? If you haven’t,  here’s some information for you: Cassava is a long starchy root, native to Brazil and the tropical areas of the Americas. The root has a brown fibrous skin with a white fleshy interior. It is a staple for so many native peoples that there are lots of other names for it, like…

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Moqueca – Brazilian fish stew

Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew recipe commonly found on the coast. It is a fragrant and flavourful dish, usually prepared with white fish, tomatoes, coriander, garlic and onions, with some variations. The Moqueca Capixaba is from the state of Espírito Santo and influenced by Native Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine. They use olive oil and natural urucum pigment powder, and…

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Feijoada – Brazilian bean stew

Considered the national dish of Brazil and becoming popular worldwide, Feijoada is a comforting, warm, intense and flavourful black bean and pork stew. It is served with rice, sauteed collard greens or kale, orange slices and farofa (toasted cassava flour). The main ingredients are black beans, salted cured pork cuts like ears, trotters, and tail, and smoked cuts like ribs,…

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Roast Pumpkin Salad

leili / January 26, 2018

I had this organic pumpkin in my fridge and didn’t know what to do. At the same time, I had to photograph a salad for a food photography challenge. So, I searched for a pumpkin salad and found an amazing recipe from Donna Hay. Slices of pumpkin brushed with molasses mixture and served with nuts, greens and labne. I gave…

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Pea and mint soup

leili / January 25, 2018

I love soup! For me, during the winter, soup is the perfect meal for every time I feel hungry. It’s a healthy, warm and easy solution: just use the vegetables you have in your fridge and voilá. Pea and mint soup is classic and one of the easiest soups you can do. Frozen peas can be used directly from the freezer and cook…

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Green avocado smoothie

leili / January 24, 2018

One skill I’m looking to improve in 2018 is food photography. But sometimes its hard to maintain a routine of doing activities to get your things done. And social media, like Facebook and Instagram, can take away our attention. Fortunately, there are very interesting people you can meet on the internet that, somehow, will help you achieve your goals. One…

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Lemon drizzle cake with blueberries

leili / January 11, 2018

I like cakes, but I’m not the biggest fan of sweet candy. So for me, it’s always a good idea to have cakes, pastries and desserts that include bitter chocolate or citrus fruits like orange, lemon and passion fruit. The cake of the moment at home is the lemon drizzle cake with blueberries. The addition of the lemon zest in…

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