Choko or Chayote

Choko or Chayote

Native from Mexico, choko is used in Brazil as an ingredient of salads, soups and bakes. Available from selected fruit and vegetable markets and large supermarkets. I still haven’t been able to find it in Hobart! If you know where to find it here, please send me an...
Cinnamon and cloves

Cinnamon and cloves

Two of the most adored spices in Brazil that are used to spice up sweet shortbreads, cakes, desserts, hot drinks and breads. List of recipes of this website using cinnamon and/or cloves: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Goat’s Cheese and Guava Paste Panna Cotta Pineapple and Chilli Caipiroska Brazil Nut and Apple Crumble ‘Quentão’: Spicy Brazilian Mulled Wine Açaí in a Bowl with Home-Made Granola  ...
Chunky Corn Flour

Chunky Corn Flour

Known in Brazil as farinha de milho, this ingredient is probably as popular as the cassava root flour in Brazilian cooking. Commonly used to make farofas (Brazilian crumbs), to thicken sauces, to make cakes and to accompany lunch meals. Available from South American grocers and online*. *Availability in Australia, please check your own country’s online stores, supermarkets or South American Grocers for Brazilian...
Coconut

Coconut

Coconut is the symbol of tropical Brazil. If you ever have a chance to visit Brazil’s north-eastern beaches you will see row after row of coconut trees embellishing the landscape. Coconut is native from Asia, but like bananas, adapted well to Brazil’s conditions and has been part of Brazilian landscape for many centuries. The taste of Brazilian coconut is quite special, actually the best I’ve ever tried. Brazilians are addicted to everything related to coconuts. The fresh water of the green coconut is sold in most beaches. Many people even eat its gelatinous and mild-flavoured flesh after they drink the water! Freshly shredded, desiccated coconut and coconut milk are used to prepare hundreds of types of savoury and sweet dishes. In Brazil, when it comes to coconut, even the coconut shell is used to make hand-crafted items, so nothing goes to waste! For a Brazilian coconut experience try our classic Fish Moqueca (recipe here). List of recipes of this website using coconut: Brazilian Coconut Tea Cake Coconut Mousse with Pineapple Flowers How to Open a Fresh Coconut Beijinho: Coconut Little Kisses Manjar Prune and Coconut Cocktail Crumbed ‘Cuddled’ Prawns with Mango and Coconut Salad...
Coconut milk

Coconut milk

The artisan coconut milk is a liquid obtained by grating the meat of brown coconut, soaking it in water and then squeezing the  mixture using a muslin (cheese cloth). For Brazilian recipes preferably use either artisan or canned coconut milk. Available from supermarkets and grocery stores. List of recipes of this website using coconut milk: Brazilian Coconut Tea Cake Crumbed ‘Cuddled’ Prawns with Mango and Coconut Salad Coconut Mousse with Pineapple Flowers Manjar Prune and Coconut Cocktail Black-Eyed Pea Fritters (Acarajé) ‘Vatapa’ Bahia’s Nut Puree with Prawns Moqueca: Bahia’s Fish Stew ‘Bobó’ Prawns in Cassava and Palm Oil Sauce  ...
Coloral

Coloral

This is a red ground spice from the Amazon made from the Urucum plant. Sweet paprika is used in my recipes as a...