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Love coffee

leili / October 6, 2017

My story with coffee started early. I lived in a region of Brazil know by coffee cultivation. I like coffee since I was a kid. At home, we had black coffee and bread with butter for breakfast every day.  My grandmother had a coffee tree in the backyard. Whenever there was a harvest, she would dry, blow, roast by herself. The…

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Why I’m learning how to bake sourdough bread

leili / September 15, 2017

One thing I like more than cooking is challenging myself. And preparing homemade sourdough bread has been a big challenge for me over the last few months. I’ve always loved bread and sourdough is my favourite – to me, it is far richer in texture and flavour. But why? Good quality flours and natural fermentation are the answers. After some…

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Caipirinha

leili / August 21, 2017

Caipirinha is a Brazilian drink mande with lime, sugar, cachaça and ice. Cachaça is a strong  distilled alcoholic spirit prepared with fermented sugarcane (spirit refers to a distilled beverage that contains no added sugar and has at least 20% alcohol by volume). Cachaça, also known as pinga, marvada, caninha, aguardante, is produced in two varieties: unaged (also called branca or prata)…

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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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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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Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pão de Queijo

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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Hello!

Hey, thanks for the visit! This is my attempt to share my passion for food and gastronomy in English. I write about this subject for 7 years, and you can check it out if you understand Portuguese. But if you don’t, hold on: I will be posting Brazilian authentic recipes, cooking tips,  restaurant reviews and sharing my photos weekly. See ya!