Yes, you heard me right, it is freaking cold in Rhode Island today, we have been hit with ridiculous amounts of snow and ICE on top of it which makes a romantic snow day a memory of the past...December to be more specific.
You might drive 40 minutes to buy your loved one some traditional American Peanut Butter...
I drove 40 minutes ( each way ) to go get Gil some Farofa! Yes, authentic Brazilian farofa, our favorite brand, which I can only find at the Brazilian stores in the East Providence area.
Our large grocery stores, Stop & Shop and Shaw's also carry farofa, but not our favorite brand, you know, if you like Jif, you like Jif or Skippy and you just won't be happy with "Amendocrem".
Gil and I like Farofa Yoki, so the nasty "Minas" brand sold at our local Stop & Shop just won't do.
Off to East Providence where I also bought some "Erva Doce" Tea, Requeijao, Frozen Pao de Queijo, Linguica, and of course FAROFA YOKI!
I know, you go for one thing and buy U$40,00 worth of goodies.
|FAROFA YOKI bought at East Providence's Brazilian Store, PONTO 1|
Most people eat it with Churrasco, the typical Brazilian barbecue, we eat it with everything...Gil likes it with almost every meal. I only like it with some meats and beans.
While I drove to East Providence to get our so loved favorite FAROFA brand, Gil started on a delicious FEIJOADA, which we make from canned beans, Hey! I have confessed time and time again how Americanized beyond repair we have become after living here for so many years. 13 years to be exact.
Brazilians would be really disgusted if they found out we are making FEIJOADA with canned beans, garlic powder and onion powder.
Sorry, we have given up on that battle a long time ago, most dry beans we buy here are really hard, probably because they don't sell as much, they get old sitting at the store shelves for so long.
So when in Rome, do as the Romans...while in America go with CANNED BEANS and DRIED SEASONING.
No Pressure cooker going for hours around here. Open the freaking can, season the beans with Garlic Powder and Onion Powder and call it a day!
I love AMERICAN LIVING :)
Sorry, I am practical, no crying over cutting onions and dealing with hands smelling like Garlic for days...well, not often anyway...just when we are inspired.
Ok, we have fresh Collard Greens, that stuff in the CANS just makes me gag with the thought of it, we have bought a CAN of Collard Greens but were never brave enough to open it, some day, maybe, we need to get Americanized to a more ridiculous level to be able to bare the thought of even opening a CAN of Collard Greens. Sorry!
Collard Greens is a very PORTUGUESE thing by the way. I don't know why or how it got connect to African Americans in the South of the US. I will probably try to find out how that happened.
Portuguese people grow Collard Greens in the gardens and eat it very often.
Brazilians love it with Feijoada and if you are an Expat living in Brazil, you have seen it many times.
We remembered to buy oranges which we will have it sliced and serve next to our mean FEIJOADA.
Ok. so I am mouth watering right now, our FEIJOADA is ready and I will help Gil with setting up our dinning room for the Brazilian Feast of the night :)
Just for the record, I can't stand FEET, EARS, TAIL or any other kind of disgusting PORK meat SOME BRAZILIANS like to pup in their FEIJOADA.
Our FEIJOADA is made with BABY BACK PORK RIBS, BRAZILIAN LINGUICA, PORK CHOPS, PORK LOIN and that is it, we mix a little bit of kidney beans with the Black Beans which makes for a richer stew.
What better dish for our brutally cold winter in Rhode Island?
Pancakes with warmed up real Maple Syrup! Ok, that is our Sunday morning breakfast ;)
Here is a picture of our FEIJOADA:
|I know it looks UGLY, but it is so DELICIOUS it's not even funny! :)|
|An Awesome Brazilian Meal in the Coldest Winter we ever faced in Rhode Island!|