Friday, 27 September 2013

International Food Night - Brazil

In my recent quest to read everything I can about Montessori I have discovered an amazing blog called Sorting Sprinkles.  (If you missed why you can read about my quest hereValerie is like me- a former teacher and Montessori enthusiast who has a toddler to explore Montessori at home and a preschooler to provide after school support and extension to.

While reading her blog, I found this great post about introducing food nights with an international focus and Valerie has reminded me that it's been quite a while since my last post (you can see Sweden here) and I had planned on making these regular posts.

Unlike the last country which can be very easy to do with the help of IKEA, this one requires a bit of work.  But it's so worth it!

Today we are taking a little trip to South America and it's biggest country - Brazil.

Of course, we located Brazil on the globe.

And made a flag.

I'm sure there were Passport pages too, but I haven't got photos of those and, yes, I did promise to blog about them too!

The country's national dish (according to my thorough Google research!) is Feijoada.  This is a dish served at celebrations and is designed for groups, so why not get a big bunch of friends for family over.  You can find a recipe here.

Several kinds of smoked meats, ribs, and beef jerky are simmered with black beans. I chose not to include the pigs foot and offal!  It is traditionally served with Brazilian-style rice, collard greens, farofa (for which I couldn't identify an alternative, so omitted), hot pepper sauce, and orange wedges (to help with digestion, apparently, but adds a nice fresh zing).

It takes a couple of days to prepare and a good while to simmer, but it is just delicious.

For dessert I made a Caramel Custard Flan (recipe here).  I chose it because flan is a common favourite in South America, it's pretty easy to make and it's gluten free.

Have you visited anywhere on a culinary journey lately?

Oh, and a very Happy Birthday to my amazing husband, without whom there would be no crazy ideas and family fun.  I love you, Honey xxx

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