I grew up in Brazil and I am thrilled that the attention of the world will turn to my beautiful homeland – and its people, its culture, and its food – when Rio hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics in August.
When people find out where I am from, they often mention how much they like to eat churrasco (grilled meats) in Brazilian steakhouses. I too love churrasco but there is so much more to Brazilian cuisine! Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, and the wide varieties of food available in different regions there reflects that.
Dining with others over leisurely meals is a central part of the Brazilian culture – and so many of my memories of growing up are filled with big, joyful feasts. When I think about childhood in Brazil, I can’t help but think about the wonderful meals and my favorite foods. In fact, I so missed pão de queijo (cheese bread) when I first moved to Portland, Oregon that it prompted me to start Brazi Bites.
Other ubiquitous touches to Brazilian meals include rice, beans, vegetables and fruit. Brazil produces more fruit than almost anywhere on earth including some of the most delicious avocados, oranges, pineapples, papayas, guavas, grapes, acai berries, melons, plums and bananas that you’ll ever taste.
We also truly love our desserts! But our portion sizes tend to be much smaller than in the United States. My favorite dessert is a small bonbon-like treat called “Brigadeiros” which I’m sharing the recipe at our new Celebrate Brazil! page along with other favorites such as Brazilian-style chicken salad, Brazilian-style rice, and Brazilian’s national dish Feijoada. So take a look around and, if you feel like it, try making one or many of my recipes and bring a taste of Brazil into your home!
Click to go to our Celebrate Brazil! page.