Sunday, 14 September 2014

From Montevideo to Sao Paulo by Land - The feijoada

Feijoada is a stew of beans with beef and pork, typically cooked in Brazil and considered a national dish, and served in lieu of a barbeque, when many people gather for a meal. It´s generally served with rice, mandioca Flour prepared as a dish called "Farofa", orange slices and Couve (Collard in English) which is a bitter green type of cabbage. The etiquette demands that you down a shot glass of Caipirinha (sugar cane eau de vie with lemon juice) to prepare the stomach for extra digestive action.      

Legend has it that the dish was invented by the slaves of the colonial era, and was made with the left over parts of pigs and cows. The stew contains pigs hoofs, ears and tails, most of the time boiled beyond recognition.

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