Maize Biscuits (Biscoitos de Maisena)

A childhood delight... when you grow up in Brazil. 1 cup of maize 1 cup of rice flour (or any other gluten-free flour) 1 cup of coconut milk powder 4 tablespoons of molasses 5 tablespoons of vegan spread or margarine.   Mix everything in a bowl. Knead the dough until it's uniform. Roll the dough… Continue reading Maize Biscuits (Biscoitos de Maisena)


Banana Crackles

Here's an idea to make crispy deep fried bananas to go with a nice vegetarian or vegan stew. Twisting your nose? Well, not just yet! There are quite a few Brazilian dishes, stews in fact, that go beautifully with fried banana as a side dish. Off the top of my head, there's one fish stew… Continue reading Banana Crackles

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


(Vegan) Pumpkin Soup – Playing with Indian spices

The first time I tried Indian food was in 2001 during a trip to Cambridge, UK. I was there doing a summer course and among the international students, there was an American who suggested we should try an Indian restaurant in town. The Europeans and Americans in our group found the fact that I had… Continue reading (Vegan) Pumpkin Soup – Playing with Indian spices

Everything in between

Keeping your culture alive through cooking…

... And some partying.  Celebrating Brazil's famous June and July Festivities (Festas Junina e Julhina) Being Homesick has gotten harder in the past two years. It's probably because I haven't seen my Family for that exact amount of time. Winter also doesn't help much when it's all grey and rainy, like many days in NZ winter are. So, in… Continue reading Keeping your culture alive through cooking…