We head from Ireland, South West to Brazil Famous for its beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema and its wild carnivals with showy, colourful costumes and the samba…
The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in the Latin American area and South America and is the fifth largest country by inhabitants and geographical area. Portuguese is spoken and it is the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world…The Atlantic Ocean is to the East and Brazil’s coastline is approximately 7.5 km, which equals to around 4.500 miles. Chile and Ecuador are the only countries that do not boarder Brazil. Home to many different wildlife species, a mixture of environmental systems and large natural reserves straddling many protected habitats.
Before the explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral arrived in 1500 and took the area for the Portuguese Empire Brazil was home to numerous tribal nations – read here for more information. In 1808 the capital was moved from Lisbon to the Rio De Janeiro. In 1815 was lifted to a Kingdom and the configuration of The United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. There was only a short period until 1822 when independence was gained and the formation of the Empire of Brazil. 1824 saw the National Congress formed, it became a Presidential Republic in 1889. 1964 saw junta in power and Brazil as we know it today was devised in 1988 which has 26 states and 5,570 administrative divisions…Until 2010 Brazil had one of the quickest growing economies and is the initial member of the UN and the G20 and for the last 150 years the largest producer of coffee.
The cuisine of Brazil has influences from Africa, Europe and Amerindian. The food differs by area and region, this mirrors the countries mix of the immigrant population, indigenous people and its continental size, creating a national gastronomy indicated by the protection of differences throughout the regions.
Cassava, Quarana, Acai, Cashew and Cassava were ingredients first used by the indigenous folk and then immigrants brought some of their own characteristic dishes and swapping anything they could source with something local. Europeans, African slaves and Japanese helped develop Brazilian cooking.
Typical dishes from Brazil include feijoada which is considered as Brazil’s national dish, especially in Rio…There are also regional foods, and the national drink is coffee and the indigenous alcohol/spirit is cachaça.
So how more fitting than to cook the national dish for todays lunch, so Feijoda it is…