Gluten-free Vegetarian Pastel

Or Brazilian pastry. Pastéis are a sensation in Brazil. Although its origin isn't quite agreed on (some claim it's Chinese, others that it's Japanese), one thing every real Brazilian agrees with: pastéis are amazing! They come in triangular, square, rectangular or round shapes and have all sorts of fillings that you can think of. From… Continue reading Gluten-free Vegetarian Pastel

Breakfast, Snacks

Brazilian Hominy Cream or Canjica

On a previous post (Keeping your culture alive through cooking) I talked about being a Brazilian expatriate living in New Zealand for six years, and how I use some of my cooking skills to ease homesickness. During the months of June and July, we have these festivities across the country to celebrate some of our… Continue reading Brazilian Hominy Cream or Canjica


Quinoa and Yam toasts

Experimenting with what I have at home. Following recipes from cook books or a website aren't always easy. Sometimes you don't have all the ingredients; other times you don't like one or more ingredients. Whichever the case is, trying to recreate a recipe can also be frustrating. Especially when you look at the picture you… Continue reading Quinoa and Yam toasts


Vegan croquettes. Easy to make, nutritious and delicious!

Being from Brazil, you might think that it's pretty difficult to be a vegetarian/vegan when most of your typical dishes are made with pork, red meat and seafood. Well, I am not going to lie to you that being a pescatarian for 23 years has been an easy ride, especially being a teenager in Brazil… Continue reading Vegan croquettes. Easy to make, nutritious and delicious!


Dairy-free Brazilian “cheese” puff

Or "pão de queijo" is one of my favorite Brazilian snacks. One isn't enough. Unless it's a giant cheese puff (yes, they make those too). Giving up on cheese is probably my hardest struggle and what's been holding me back to becoming a vegan. However, I do understand all the animal welfare and environmental issues… Continue reading Dairy-free Brazilian “cheese” puff