Brazilian Inspired Recipe

Esfiha – Baked Meat Pie

2018-03-13T16:37:29+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Meat|

This is a very popular snack found in Brazil, it is mainly another version of our "hamburger" the ground meat baked wrapped in a bread dough. Sorry for being away…this couple of weeks so much has happened in my life…one of my very good friends has stopped all the treatments for cancer, therefore she is under palliative and hospice care, with the support of my husband I flew with her out of state to help and spend some time with her along with her family. During the time I was with her, we talked and talked, we laughed and cried, we remembered facts in the past, places we went together, we teased each other…and we comforted each other…it was so [...]

White Bean Stew

2018-02-28T13:34:17+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Side Dish, Soup/Stew|

This is a Brazilian inspired recipe for white bean stew. Bean and rice are present in every meal in Brazil, okay, except breakfast. In this recipe instead of the traditional pinto beans I used white beans. In Brazil, like many Latin American countries, rice and bean (arroz e feijão) is a basic in almost every meal…Brazilians eat beans for lunch and dinner, and it is mainly served with rice. The most used bean for the everyday meal is a bean very similar to pinto beans, but the Brazilian national dish called “feijoada” which is a stew made with beef, pork, it uses black beans. Since it is an everyday dish, you can imagine how many recipes for making beans is [...]

Brazilian Egg Yolk Custard with Coconut

2018-03-05T15:41:02+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet|

This is a recipe for a Brazilian inspired recipe for egg yolk custard with coconut.  This is so creamy and rich, a traditional dessert from Brazil. Quindim is a popular Brazilian baked dessert made from sugar, eggs and coconut. It is extremely sweet (in most cases) and very much addictive. Since quindins (plural for quindim) are very ready available in almost every corner…yes, literally every corner…I did not have the need to bake my own when living there…now that we do not have this treat around I decided to bake my own…and of course to the internet I go…I came across hundreds of recipes…mainly they all have the same ingredients, varying only in ratio. As mention above, quindins are extremely [...]

Waffle Iron Pão de Queijo

2018-02-26T07:46:59+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Gluten Free, Snack|

This is a simplified Brazilian inspired recipe for pão de queijo, instead of fussing around with the dough you can enjoy these treats just by adding a pancake like batter into the waffle iron. At the first sight you might be thinking…”What is new about these waffles? Who has never seen waffles?” Well, I must tell you that many times look are deceiving…and here is a perfect example…these are waffles made with tapioca flour, loaded with cheese…yes, you read it right…CHEESE! Okay, now this is something that you should give a try if you own a waffle maker…why? It is amazingly delicious, gluten free and so simple to make. I was very skeptical in getting a waffle maker, not that [...]

Chicken and Cheese Pockets

2018-03-13T18:21:00+00:00 Appetizer, Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Poultry|

This is a Brazilian inspired recipe, where creamy cheese and shredded chicken are wrapped inside a puff pastry dough like little pocket pie. My family Thanksgiving dinner is not very traditional, yes, we have turkey, yams, pumpkin pie, ham and all the other dishes that you normally see on a Thanksgiving meal, but we also have lots of fusion dishes as we all bring one of our favorite dishes to share. It is a real feast… This year I decided to make these little pockets, they are simple and very easy to make. I filled the puff pastry with a creamy chicken filling with celery, carrot and cheese. It can be serve at room temperature or warm, as I prefer [...]

Veggie Pie

2018-02-02T01:32:17+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Vegetarian|

This is a very simple and easy recipe for veggie pie inspired by a very popular recipe in Brazil, and of course if you prefer you can always add shredded chicken or any kind of meat of your preference. I made this pie because we were going to a potluck party and the host requested a vegetarian dish, so I adapted the recipe that I made a while ago, and substituted the shredded chicken and vegetables for only vegetables. Believe me, it is still very tasty and everyone liked it. One more thing, this  great veggie pie or cake (whichever way you want to call it) is very practical to take to a potluck party because it can be served [...]

Salt Brined Cod Fish

2018-02-02T01:20:05+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Fish and Seafood, Gluten Free|

In Brazil, where I grew up it is very common to find “bacalhau”, which is a salted dried cod fish. So in order to mimic the saltiness of bacalhau, which needs to be soaked in water in order to remove the salt before cooking, I decided to “play” with fresh cod fish. Why not brine cod? So I brined the cod and then use it like some of the dishes that I used to make back in Brazil…it turned out delicious, moist and very flavorful. The potatoes are tender and loaded of flavor. Ingredients: Approximately 1 lb cod fish 1 tablespoon rock salt 2 ½ to 3 cups of cold water 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced 1 large onion, [...]

Simple Flan

2018-03-12T15:46:21+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Gluten Free|

I know, I know there are hundreds of recipes for flan and here I am sharing another one…but trust me, this recipe is very simple and only requires a few ingredients. Moreover, I can assure you that whoever tries this flan will fall in love with it. It is not overwhelmingly sweet and the texture is silky and creamy. There are no words to describe it! It is true that it is loaded of calories, but we need to indulge ourselves once in a while right? You can bake the flan in small size ramekins or when going to a potluck, I like to bake the flan in a pyrex form. Everytime that I am going to a potluck party [...]

Chicken with Garlic

2018-02-02T01:21:45+00:00 Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Poultry|

Frango à Passarinho (Chicken with Garlic), a Guest Post for Chandani   I am sharing this recipe of “frango à passarinho” which is very popular in Brazil at Chandani’s site… I have been following Chandani via her Travel Through Food for a while, so when she asked me post as a guest on her site, I was very honored and thought that this was a great opportunity to introduce myself to her readers and share this simple recipe which somehow illustrates the aspiration of my site…simple and with a touch of my mixed background. Chandani is from Nepal, which means moonlight in Nepali. She is a very fun and lively girl. She started to realize the beauty and art of cooking after [...]

Panko Crusted Panela Cheese

2018-02-02T01:32:01+00:00 Appetizer, Brazilian Inspired Recipe, Freeze Ahead, Keep It Simple, Side Dish, Vegetarian|

If you already are amazed by the large quantity of Costco products you will be speechless once you see the sizes of the cheeses, meat, and produce at their Business Center. Well, I came back with a huge piece of panela cheese and I knew that we would not be able to finish the cheese before it started to turn bad, and decided to prepare it in a way that could be stored in a freezer…this was sure an experiment, but luckily it worked great. First, I need to admit that I was a little nervous since I never froze this kind of cheese, so I prepared an extra batch just to be frozen. After a few days, I pan [...]