January 28, 2013

Chocolate Cake

Easy and yummy. Perfect for an evening snack.

servings: 20 to 25
time: 1 hour

6 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
6 tbs cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream (or 1 can table cream)
12 oz. unsweetened chocolate chips
shaved chocolate to decorate

1 – Mix the egg whites until very firm. Reserve.
2 – In another bowl, mix egg yolks and sugar until very light yellow.
3 – Put, chocolate and milk.
4 – Add egg whites gradually, mixing gently using a spoon, until they are completely incorporated.
5 – Add vanilla and baking powder.
6 – In a greased and floured baking pan, bake for about 40 minutes at 325ºF.
7 – After baked, spread the topping and the shaved chocolate.

1 – Put the cream on medium-high heat. As start to boil, turn the heat off and add the chocolate chips. Do not stir.
2 – After 5 minutes, stir until it is consistently bright and creamy.

Tips and Options
  • Add nuts to the batter.
  • Instead of decorating with chocolate chips, use cherries, chocolate sprinkles, shredded coconut or shaved white chocolate.

Original recipe (in Portuguese):
Bolo de Chocolate.

January 21, 2013

Salted Beef with Sauted Onions and Tomatoes

A typical meat from Brazil, this cured salted beef is very tasty.

servings: 4
time: 1 hour

500 grams of salted dried meat (desalted, chopped and cooked)
1 tbs. olive or sunflower oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 or 3 chopped tomatoes
salt and Tabasco pepper to taste
parsley or chives to garnish

1 – Desalt and cook the meat until it is very tender. Remove excess fat, if you want, and reserve.
2 – In a large saucepan, heat the oil and place the meat. Fry well until golden.
3 – Add the onions in the middle (as showing in the picture) and let cook until very soft.
4 – Put the tomatoes. Ass salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
5 – Sprinkle parsley or chives and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Serve with rice, beans, farofa and sauted collard greens.
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Original recipe (in Portuguese): Carne Seca Acebolada com Tomate.

January 15, 2013

Rice with quinoa

Give a special flavor to the every day rice with this healthy and tasty grain: quinoa.

servings: 5
time: 40 minutes

1 cup rice, rinsed and drained
½ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
3 cups water
1 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 chopped tomato
1 cup chopped green beans
salt to taste

1 – Heat the olive oil and saute the onions.
2 – Add garlic, mixing well. Then comes rice, quinoa and salt. Stir well and add the water.
3 – Leave on high heat, stirring occasionally, until the water is almost completely evaporated (15-20 minutes).
4 – Add the tomatoes and green beans, stir, bring heat to low and cover the pan.
5 – After 5 minutes, check if rice and quinoa are already soft and turn the heat off. If necessary, cook for another 5 minutes.

Tips and Options
  • Add ½ cup of other vegetable (mushrooms, hearts of palm, corn, peppers, broccoli, zucchini).
  • To give a final touch, sprinkle with parsley, chives and/or grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with chicken or fish fillet and green salad.
  • If necessary, add a little more water to cook completely.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Arroz com Quinoa.

January 07, 2013

Onion Pate

Easy to make and tasty, this pate is good with breads, crackers and meats.

servings: 12 oz.
time: 20 minutes
2 large onions, finely diced
2 tbs butter
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 package French onion soup/cream mix
1 can table cream or 1 cup heavy cream

1 – In a saucepan, brown onions in butter and oil.
2 – When they are well browned, add the French onion mix and stir a bit, while still on the heat.
3 – Turn off the heat, add the cream and refrigerate.

Tips and Options

Spread this pate in breads and toasts.
It is also great garnish for beef and chicken.
If desired, add parsley or chives.

*this recipe was sent by one of our readers, Gisleine Leite.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Patê de Cebola.
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