Monday, October 09, 2006

Strange food - Brazil

As Brazil is a huge country, with continental proportions, every regions have its own culture (accent, food, typical clothes, etc).

1st I´ll have to mention our most typical and famous food, the Feijoda. I´s a stew of beans with various beef and pork products, which is a typical leading dish of Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine, also popular in Angola and other former Portuguese colonies.
The name comes from feijão, Portuguese for "beans", and is pronounced [fe.ʒu.'a.da] (IPA).You eat it and a big lazyness arrives!

But the topic is Strange food, so let´s take a look at some of them.

In the top north of the country there´s a food called Maniçoba. It seems like a Feijoada, but it´s made with a plant called maniva. This plant is poisoned, so it must be cooked for 7 days to be good to eat. It´s very like Feijoada. Some people don´t like it... I love it!

The other food from the same place is Pato no Tucupí (Duck on tucupí). It´s made with duck and a plant that have a power to make your mouth shake!! It´s just the sensation that your mouth is shaking... great effect!

Acarajé is traditionally found in the Northeastern state of Bahia, often as street food. It is made from black eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is served split in half and then stuffed with vatapá and caruru – spicy pastes made from shrimp, peanuts, palm oil and other ingredients. A vegetarian version is typically served with hot peppers and green tomatoes.

Vatapá is made from shrimp, coconut milk, palm oil and nuts (peanuts and/or cashews) mashed into a creamy paste. It is a typical condiment in the northeastern state of Bahia where it is commonly eaten with acarajé, an Afro-Brazilian street food made from black eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in palm oil.
Alternatively, the shrimp can be replaced with ground tuna, chicken, or turkey, among other options.


Blogger Fred Linardi said...

Oh!! The northern food!!
I love it too!! But I bet some people will desagree that they are "strange".. hehehe!!
Anyway, Brazil is great place for food!!


7:25 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

I consider myself rather adventurous when it comes to food - and I do like the look (and description) of all of the foods that you contributed, Jock - I'd give them a go!

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Irene said...

These are really strange to me! It's a mouthful to pronounce too :P

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Nana said...

yummmm omg i love so much feijoada! You forgot "Tapioca"... NO WORDS!!!!

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humm... Feijoada... D'OH (como o Homer Simpson)

In english please!

Humm... Feijoada... D'OH (like Homer Simpson himself)

7:03 AM  

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