I’m all about multiculturalism (my family alone is composed of 3 continents) therefore I decided to broaden our lunch box ideas with food from Around the world!
And of course I decided to kick off with my home country Brazil! 💚
Brazil is such big and the cuisine is so eclectic!
From the North west of Brazil we get the famous acarajé a gastronomic specialty of Afro-Brazilian cuisine made of black beans, onion and salt and fried in palm oil.
And my all time favourite childhood breakfast tapioca Made with cassava starch or cassava flour, resemble pancakes and you can add your choice of fillings. Yummy 😋
To the South of Brazil which features a huge variety in its cuisine: with the presence of Italian cuisine, traces of German, Polish and even seafood. However, what stands out most and characterizes the South, is the good and famous Churrasco (barbecue) with Chimarrão (mate). Other typical dishes are Polenta, typical Italian dish prepared with cornmeal, water and salt and fried and Pirão made with cassava flour, fish or chicken, water and seasoning, simple yet delicious (and my mum swears by its power to make you feel better from a cold or even major surgery!)
I also must mention some typical dishes from Minas Gerais my home state where we have Tutu which is nothing more than boiled beans, seasoned, beaten and mixed with corn or cassava flour, so that it has a pasty consistency. It is usually served with crackling, bacon or sliced boiled eggs.
And I can’t forget the most famous dish, the delicious Pão de Queijo (cheese bread), this delicacy is found in the simplest eateries to the finest restaurants. It’s a delicious baked mini bun, made with cassava flour and eggs and lots of cheese.
So time to share some delicious recipes, and as a bonus I am sharing two, here they are:
ESFIHAS DE CARNE (similar to a calzone)
Makes: 10 mini calzones
Prep & Cook: 60min
5g of yeast
100ml Oil (I used a blend of ground nut, rapseed and vegetable oil)
400g of flour (roughly)
250g of mince
carrots, broccoli and mushrooms (finely chopped - I use the food processor)
Salt and spices to taste
Start by greasing and flouring a baking tray.
Preheat oven to 180c.
Mix all the ingredients for the filling and refrigerate.
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for the dough except the flour.
Add cups of flour one by one, stirring with a spoon until it dissolves completely, when the dough begins to weigh the spoon it is time to use your hands. Knead the dough by adding the flour gradually, you will know that the dough is ready when you have a good elastic and fluffy consistency. (I used my bread maker and just put all the ingredients in!)
Leave the dough to prove until doubled in size, then just make strips and cut on a floured surface.
Open the dough with your hands forming a round shape, put the filling right in the center, join two ends joining the dough in the center, then just squeeze with your hands to form a pouche, to close your esfiha just join the open part to the center.
Put them in the oven at 180c for 30min.
😋 You can use other fillings of your choice. With as many or as little vegetables.
😋 Once cooked you can freeze it and defrost in the microwave ready to eat.
😋 These Esfihas are great hot or cold!
HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS
Loaf of white bread.
Creamy chocolate spread or Peanut butter or Honey
Butter or margarine
Mix cinnamon powder with sugar.
Cut the crust of the breadPass a rolling pin over the bread.
Cut each square of bread into two rectangles.
Spread margarine or butter on the outside of the bread
Spread creamy chocolate or peanut butter or honey on the inside of the strip.
Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon over your choice of spread
Wrap each rectangle into a small roll.
Sprinkle the outside with a little sugar and cinnamon
Put your rolls in the oven for just a few minutes and enjoy!