10/ 18/ 2016

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THE WORLD MAY BE FALLING DOWN!

The world may be falling down, but my oldest sister will still live in her own world. For you guys to understand her mind: she invited all the family for a lunch at my brother-in-law’s country house and guess what happened? The couple arrived after all the guests had already arrived; we had to wait for them to have lunch! My parents and the lady who works there, “dona Cida”, were the first to arrive. Luckily, on the previous day, my mum and I cooked all the dishes for the lunch and we only gave the final touches there. And the other thing, the food should be made in a wooden stove! Do you have any idea how long it takes for a wooden stove to get hot? Thank God the guests were only members of our family. But, at the end of the lunch everything was super tasty! The menu was: tapioca cubes with mango chutney for appetizer; okra with chicken (my oldest sister loves it!), polenta, beef cooked in beer, zucchini farofa and tapioca cuscus with condensed milk for dessert! The tapioca cubes recipe was from Mocotó’s restaurant in São Paulo and it is extremely easy to be made. In the original recipe, the cubes are fried, but I just baked and served them with mango chutney. I love the sweetness the mango chutney gives to this salty tapioca. This contrast intensifies the taste! 

TAPIOCA CUBES

 

               Total time: 4 hours                                     Serves: 8 people

 

Ingredients:

- 250 grams of granulated tapioca

- 250 grams of curd cheese, grated

- 500 ml of warm milk

- 8 grams of salt

- White pepper

 

 

Method:

1. In a pan, put all ingredients and mix until get homogeneous mixture on low heat;

 

2. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, put the mixture;

 

3. Cover with aluminum foil and leave to cool in the fridge for 3 hours or until it gets hard;

 

4. Then, grease a baking pan with olive oil and cut the mixture in cubes. Place them in this baking pan and bake in a preheated oven to 180°C. Turn the cubes until all sides are golden in colour.

 

 

MANGO CHUTNEY

          Total time: 35-40 minutes                               Serves: 8 peolple

Ingredients:

- 2 apples, peeled and chopped in cubes

– 1 large ripe mango, chopped

- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

- 3 tablespoons brown sugar

- 1 red chilly without seeds, chopped

- ½ cup raisins

- ½ pineapple, chopped small pieces

- 1 cinnamon stick

 

Method:

1.  Add all ingredients in a pan and bring to cook in lower heat very slowly;

 

2. If you think the ingredients are not tender, put some boiled water and leave to cook. I like the chutney with some pieces of fruit, so be careful not to overcook!

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