Cachaça

Cachaça

Also known as Pinga, Caninha, Marvada, Bendita, Aguardente, Paraty and many other nicknames, Cachaça is the Brazilian distilled spirit made from sugar cane. Cachaça is the third largest consumed spirit in the world and its main use is in fruit cocktails such as the Brazilian Capirinha or in cooking to marinate meats and flavour desserts. In Australia it is available from large bottle shops and online, check your local bottle shops for availability. List of recipes of this website using cachaça: Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shots with Mini Truffles Mandarin, Mint and Ginger Caipirinha Christmas Boozy Chocolate and Hazelnut Brigadeiro Pastel: Brazil’s Beef Mince Pastry ‘Quentão’: Spicy Brazilian Mulled Wine Classic Caipirinha Lime Cocktail Galinhada: Brazilian Chicken Stew Manjar Prune and Coconut...
Cashew

Cashew

Cashew is a juicy fruit with a distinctive flavour that is indigenous to the northeastern part of Brazil. The fruit is called caju in Portuguese name that originated from the indigenous word akayu which means productive nut. In a botanical sense what we know as the cashew fruit is actually the pseudofruit (or false fruit). In Brazil cashew is eaten fresh and used to make preserves, juices, soft drinks, liqueurs, cakes, desserts and added to savoury dishes. Crystallised cashew is a preserve in which cashews are candied in sugar, water and cloves and then rolled onto raw sugar. Other preserves found are cashew paste, dried cashew or cashew in syrup. After the juice is squeezed the cashew bagasse may be used to make an exotic dish called Fritada de Caju (or fried cashews). The bagasse is stir fried in a very hot pan with olive oil, chopped onions, garlic, tomatoes, capsicum, dried prawns and coriander. Some recipes have coconut milk and on the baked version the fried cashew mixture is topped with beaten eggs and place in the oven until golden. One of the species of cashew grows in gigantic trees.  Located in the city of Parnamirin in the state of Rio Grande do Norte the largest cashew tree in the world covers an area of 8500m2. Due to a genetic abnormality, a continuous cycle of growth happens with the branches of the tree growing up, bending, touching the ground and creating roots. During the cashew season the tree yields more than 70,000 fruits (about 2.5 tons), which is equivalent to the supply of 70 average-sized trees. The tree is located in a national park open for visitation and tourists are welcome to pick as many cashews as they wish....
Cassava Root

Cassava Root

Root vegetable indigenous to South America. The fresh vegetable is eaten all over Brazil on a daily basis, served cooked, mashed, deep-fried, as main ingredient for cakes and breads, and to thicken sauces and soups. Frozen cassava is available from large Asian grocers*. *Availability in Australia, please check your own country’s online stores, supermarkets or South American Grocers for Brazilian ingredients. List of recipes of this website using cassava: Cassava...
Cassava Flour

Cassava Flour

It is the flour of the cassava root. It is sold as plain or toasted and in Brazil it is eaten daily all over the country as an accompaniment of meats and cured meats, barbecues, stews and rice and beans. It is also used to make farofas (Brazilian crumbs) and to thicken fish stock (and other stocks).The delicious exotic mixture of stock and cassava flour is known in Brazil as pirão. Available online*. List of recipes of this website using cassava flour: When Brazil meets Australia Lamb Shanks Moqueca: Bahia’s Fish Stew Feijoada: Pork and Black Bean Stew Osvaldo Aranha’s Steak Meal Galinhada: Brazilian Chicken Stew    ...
Cashew Nut

Cashew Nut

The cashew nut is the seed of the cashew fruit. In Brazil is particularly used to make sweets like bon-bons, truffles and pralines. Available from most supermarkets. List of recipes of this website using cashew nuts: Chocolate and Cashew Nut Shots with Mini Truffles Romeo and Juliet Goat’s Cheese and Guava Paste Panna Cotta Avocado Ice-Cream with Cashew Nut Brittle Vatapá Nut Puree with...

Catupiry Cheese

This is the classic Brazilian soft mild cheese. It’s beautiful with chicken, hearts of palm, as pizza topping in a four cheese pizza, green vegetable pies and salads. In my recipes I use Port Salut or a mild soft cheese as a...