Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. Sonho – which literally translates to Dream – is equivalent to a Brazilian beignet, except that Sonho is always shaped round and filled with something that is sweet and creamy. Sonho is very popular and it is available at every bakery in Brazil. Sonho – pronounced “SON-yoo” – is crunchy on the outside, and fluffy in the inside. In this simple method, the dough is formed into golf-size balls that are deep fried until golden-brown to later rec
(Shrimp in a Pumpkin) Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. Shrimp in a Pumpkin – or Camarão na Moranga, in Portuguese – is a traditional Brazilian recipe that can add a pretty cool twist to your dinner table this fall! When serving this goodness to your family and friends, make sure you scoop the pumpkin and the sauce together; then serve with simple jasmine rice. Offer farofa as a side as well, if you want to make this meal even a bit more Brazilian! Serves 8 Ingredients: 1 me
(Cod Croquettes) Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. This appetizer is very popular in Brazil and it goes very well with a cold beer and some hot sauce on the side. Makes about 25 Ingredients: 1 pound fresh cod 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 large potatoes, peeled and cooked ½ onion, finely chopped ½ cup Port wine1 ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground 1 egg Vegetable oil for frying
Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. Strawberry Bonbon (or Bombom de Morango, in Portuguese) is the Brazilian “improved” version of a simple chocolate dipped strawberry. In Brazil, especially in the southern part of Brazil, where strawberries can be more easily found than in the North, we have these bonbons commonly sold at bakeries and pastry shops (called confeitarias, in Portuguese). So, our “improved” version, receives an extra coat of sweetened condensed milk-based cream a
Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. Despite not being the most popular of the caipirinhas, passion-fruit caipirinha is my personal favorite. The combination of tart fruits with the cachaça and sugar is really refreshing and passion-fruit has the necessary tartness to make a perfect balanced drink. The seeds are crunchy and add personality to this exotic concoction, but if it they bother your palate, simply strain the drink to enjoy all the taste without the seeds. I keep the s
Bolinho de chuva, roughly translated as "rain scone", is a deep-frying dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It is very popular dessert in Brazil and as its name suggests it is made mostly in rainy days, when it is hard to entertain kids at home. Just like in the television program Sítio do Picapau Amarelo (The Yellow Woodpecker's Ranch) where Aunt Nastasya always made them for Pedrinho, Narizinho and the rag doll Emília, most of Brazilians have good memories about the days s
By Cynthia Presser Do not be fooled by the rustic look of this traditional Brazilian recipe – this simple dish has an incredible amount of flavor!
Originally from the North Eastern region of Brazil, this delicious meal can be served as a full entrée or as an appetizer – sometimes prepared in individual small casseroles, which makes for a really cute presentation. These days, you can find it in restaurants and homes at all corners of Brazil.
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Because the gastronomy of a nation is specially determined by the societies, traditions and customs in that culture as well as by accessibility and availability to certain foods and ingredients, to understand Brazilian food, it’s very important to comprehend its culture, and the origin of its ingredients. Before European colonization, Brazil was inhabited only by indigenous people, which were usually mostly semi-nomadic tribes who subsisted on hunting, fishing, gathering, an
Video by Cynthia Presser. "Escondidinho" is bar food in Brazil and it can also be prepared with different kinds of meat like chicken, ground beef, and carne-seca - the Brazilian beef jerky. Even better, this video presents a version with shrimp. Delicious!!! #delicious #Brazilianfood #shrimp #cassava #recipe #CynthiaPresser We are very gratefully to Cynthia Presser for allow us to share her wonderful recipes with you, please visit web page: http://cynthiapresser.com/ Click
Photo and Text by Cynthia Presser. Canja is the ultimate Brazilian “food for the soul”. It tastes like a warm, mild, comforting, and delicious bowl of chicken, thick broth, and vegetables. When someone does not feel very well, you bet that the Brazilian grandma will show up with a big bowl of Canja to cheer up the heart and to sooth the body… I think that Canja is for the Brazilians the equivalent of what Chicken and Noodle soup is for the Americans. It is like love in a bowl