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Feijoada pronounced ˜fey-zhoo-ah-daha” is Brazil's national dish. The word Feijoada comes from the word Feijao which is Portuguese for beans. It is a black bean stew brewed with a variety of salted and smoked pork and beef products; from Carne Seca to smoked pork spare ribs. More traditional recipes include cheaper cuts such as Pigs ears, feet (trotters), tails and also beef tongue. The Feijoada recipe is meant to be hearty and delicious!
Popular legend claims it was created by slaves on sugar cane plantations during the Colonial period using the scraps of meat not eaten by their masters (pigs ears, feet and tails). These were then cooked with the black beans, native to Brazil and are said to be the foundation of the slaves' diets.
However, historians argue that this is nothing more than a myth, that this dish was introduced by the Portuguese. The main setback is that the scraps of meat were highly regarded at the time by the Europeans. Also, a feijoada recipe has more of a resemblance to the European stews. Most specifically the pork and bean cozido from Portugal, than the native and African bean dishes.
The slaves may have been the ones who first started making feijoada, but most likely they were making it suit their masters’ palates.
Whichever version you fancy, the truth is that in Brazil this spicy pork and bean stew is celebrated nationwide. In Brazil, of course, there is nothing exotic about a feijoada but to our palates, it is, of course, the complete opposite.
This rich smokey stew is served with rice, sauteed collard or kale. orange slices and topped with toasted cassava flour (farofa) not forgetting the caipirinhas is on the menu at every food establishment from casual buffets to the top restaurants. The dish is so integrated into Brazilian culture that Saturday is known as the day of feijoada. It is not just a meal but also an event to share with family and friends.
The meal is just as warm, comforting and vibrant as the music, people and culture of Brazil. Feijoada is one of those acts of love that takes time and a little tender loving care to make, but it is well worth the effort.
I have included in the recipe below a pigs trotter to give the stew a more gelatinous consistency but if your feeling squeamish it can be omitted.
Of course, when you eat Feijoada you cannot help but be drawn to thinking of Brazils year-round tropical climate and gorgeous, golden sandy beaches, like Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro, where you can lie back in a hammock strung between the tall palm trees and while away the hours swaying gently in the warm breeze just watch the world go by or read a great novel, maybe sipping a cocktail too.
With great food, beautiful beaches, wildlife havens and fantastic cultural monuments such as Christ the Redeemer Brazil is truly a melting pot, perfect for every kind of traveller.
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