Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and the largest with Portuguese as its official language. The influences on Brazilian culture come predominantly from Europe (specifically Portugal) as well as Africa. It makes for a great variety of cuisines in different regions.
My grandparents went to Brazil on a vacation. They went on holiday so that they could learn more about different cultures and to meet different people. Amongst other things, they also went to see Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro – which is an impressive statue that stands over the whole city. I think it is really important to ensure that our children have this kind of positive exposure to a variety of cultures, countries and communities. It helps them to gather a broader understanding and greater empathy for other people’s perspectives and needs. In some small way, by cooking these foods, it gives us the opportunity to open up those conversations.
Brazilian White Bean Feijoada
What you will need:
- 2 lb beans, presoaked (They are supposed to black beans, but I had lots of white ones)
- 1 lb bone-in smoked pig feet (I also added some smoked ham hock)
- 1/4 lb pork sausage
- 1 quart of your favorite stock
How you can do it:
- Throw it all in a slow cooker for about 5 hours on high.
- Remove bones and serve. We served it with rice.
If you have leftovers, don’t be alarmed by the gelatinous nature of the stew when it cools. It’s just the goodness from those bones. It’ll liquify again when reheated.
Brazil, thank you for the simple but delicious dish. It has great flavors and very little active cooking time involved.
From mine to yours,