Rice a Piemontese with rib eye steak a Parmigiana (Arroz a Piemontese com file de costela a parmegiana)

E uma longa historia, mas tentarei deixa-la breve. Uma das pessoas que moram comigo achou £140 no quarto de visitas. Apos muitos emails e os nossos visitantes dizendo que o dinheiro nao era deles, decidimos dividi-lo e, com isso, fui direto ao supermercado comprar varios ingredientes gostosos para fazer algo diferente. Decidi fazer arroz a piemontese com bife a parmegiana. E ficou muito bom! Vou escrever a receita aqui, pois algumas pessoas ja me pediram apos eu postar! Entao aqui vai! Receita depois das fotos!

Arroz a Piemontese:

Ingredientes

  • 1 copo de arroz branco;
  • 1 copo de agua;
  • 1 copo de leite;
  • 1 lata de creme de leite SEM soro;
  • 1 cebola grande;
  • 1 colher de sopa de manteiga;
  • Alho a gosto (quanto mais, melhor pra mim!!);
  • Sal a gosto;
  • 120g de mussarela picada;
  • 120g de queijo parmesao ralado.

Metodo:

      Coloque a agua e o leite pra ferver;
      Frite a cebola e o alho na manteiga em uma panela funda (nao faca em frigideira);
      Depois de fritos, adicione o arroz e refogue bem;
      Adicione a mistura de agua e leite ao arroz e deixe cozinhar no fogo medio-baixo por 20 minutos. Se estiver secando e o arroz nao estiver cozido, adicione um pouco mais de leite;
      Depois de pronto, coloque o arroz em uma travessa;
      Misture a mussarela e o creme de leite muito bem com uma colher de pau;
      Adicione o parmesao por cima e leve ao forno ate dourar o queijo………. E PRONTO!

Agora, para o bife a parmegiana;

Ingredientes;

  • Um bife por pessoa (eu usei file de costela, mas alcatra, file mignon, contra-file, picanha tb servem…. se estiverem desesperados, coxao duro…)
  • Quatro tomates grandes, fatiados bem pequenos, sem sementes;
  • Champignon na conversa, picados bem pequenos;
  • Uma cebola grande picada;
  • Um cubo de caldo knorr de carne;
  • Uma colher de extrato de tomate;
  • Um pouquinho de bacon, fatiados bem pequenos;
  • Uma cabeca de alho socada em sal;
  • Sal e alho a gosto (para o molho)
  • Queijo parmesao;
  • Oregano.

Metodo:

      Tempere o bife com o alho e sal socado e frite em azeite no fogo baixo;
      Enquanto o bife frita, frite o bacon, cebola e o champignon numa panela com o caldo knorr e adicione o tomate;
      Mexa bastante para o caldo dissolver e deixe ferver no fogo baixo;
      Adicione o extrato de tomate e tempere com sal e alho a gosto;
      Deixe ferver ate chegar a consistencia desejada;
      Numa travessa, coloque o bife ja pronto, uma camada do molho por cima e o queijo parmesao;
      Adicione um pouco de oregano por cima do queijo e leve ao forno ate o queijo dourar…. e pronto!

Dica: Coma com uma salada de alface, agriao e tomate!

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Ly’s Cake! (In portuguese by popular demand!)


Ha um tempo atras, fiz um bolo de cenoura com farinha de centeio para comemorar o aniversario de uma amiga, mas quando fazemos algo pra alguem, outras pessoas ficam com ciumes, entao, tive que fazer outro bolo… bem, nao tive muita escolha! Mas se for pra fazer algo, entao e melhor fazer direito!

A receita do bolo usa como base o do floresta negra, mas fiz algumas modificacoes pra criar o “bolo da Ly!”, tentando ser o mais original possivel, que e um pouquinho dificil, mas vou tentar assim mesmo!

Bem, deixarei aqui a receita!

Bolo:

  • 400g de manteiga sem sal;
  • 400g de acucar;
  • 280g de farinha integral;
  • 120g de po de cacau;
  • 7 ovos;
  • 1 colher de sopa de fermento;
  • Licor de morango ou chocolate ou guarana.

Calda:

  • 350g de amora;
  • 150g de morango;
  • 1/4 xicara de cha de acucar;
  • 1/2 laranja espremida;
  • 1 xicara de cha de agua;
  • 3 colheres de sopa de amido de milho.

Glace:

  • 200g de creme de leite;
  • 200g de chocolate amargo.

Recheio:

  • 400g de creme de leite.

Instrucoes:

  1. Unte uma forma de 25cm com fundo falso e pre-aqueca o forno a 170°C;
  2. Separe as gemas e claras d todos os ovos e bala as claras em neve;
  3. Em uma vasilha grande, bata a manteira e o acucar ate ficar uniforme e macio;
  4. Misture a clara em neve, as gemas e bata um pouco;
  5. Misture a farinha e o cacau aos poucos com uma colher de pau ate ficar uniforme;
  6. Coloque a mistura na forma untada e asse por uma hora e meia mais ou menos. Depois de uma hora, enfie uma faca limpa no meio e se ela sair suja, asse mais;
  7. Depois de assado, corte o bolo em tres camadas iguais e deixe esfriar.
  8. Para a calda, coloque as amoras, morangos picados, o suco de laranja e o acucar em uma panela;
  9. Dissolva o amido de milho na agua, misture na panela ate ferver, sempre mexendo;
  10. Depois q ferver, abaixe o fogo e, sempre mexendo, espere chegar na consistencia desejada.
  11. Para o glace, coloque o creme de leite em uma panela e espere ferver;
  12. Misture o chocolate ralado e mexa ate todo o chocolate derreter;
  13. Coloque na geladeira por alguns minutos ate esfriar e o glace engrossar.
  14. Para o recheio, bata o creme de leite ate ficar bem grosso.
  15. Para a montagem, umedeca as camadas do bolo com o licor ou guarana, nao muito!!!
  16. Nas duas camadas debaixo, coloque uma camada de creme de leite do recheio e uma camada de calda, deixando um pouco grosso, mas a uns dois centimetros da borda;
  17. Coloque uma em cima da outra, em ordem, e aperte um pouco com as maos ate o recheio chegar ate as bordas;
  18. Espalhe o glace sobre o bolo e as laterais. Quando mais grosso, melhor! Acho que nao existe receita que tenha chocolate demais!

E o bolo esta pronto! Demora umas 4 horas pra faze-lo, mas vale muito a pena! Pena que a dona do bolo nao pode saborea-lo!!!

Eu fiz calda demais de proposito para poder joga-la por cima de pedacos individuais e comer com sorvete de baunilha tambem! Fica muito bom!

Original post here.

Corn cake with rye flour??? Madness!

I was at home yesterday and decided to celebrate my friend’s birthday… you might ask why I didn’t celebrate with them, let me answer that… there’s a puddle of water separating us called the Atlantic Ocean! They all had a get together in Brazil and me, here in the UK, decided to part-take! Why not??? So I decided to bake a cake… my own recipe. I had no idea if it would work, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

I am a self-proclaimed hater of white flour, I avoid it like the plague! If you need to use peroxide to change the natural colour of food, it can’t be good! So I decided to use plain wholemeal and rye flour.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1.8 mugs of rye flour
  • 0.7 mug of wholemeal flour (not exact science! Just try it out!)
  • 2 mugs of brown sugar
  • 1/2 mug of sunflower oil
  • 2 mugs of UNBLEACHED corn flour (if it is not yellow, it is not good for this recipe)
  • Four large eggs
  • One tablespoon of baking powder
    • For topping (optional)
  • 75% of dark chocolate, 15% of milk chocolate
  • A bit of white chocolate for decoration

Instructions:

  • Very simple! Add all ingredients in a blender and blend it for about 4-5 minutes!
  • Place it in a baking tray, large enough so that the dough is about 3 cm
  • Pre-heat the over to over mark 6 (200°C) and place the tray.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and stab the middle. If the knife is still dirty, leave it for longer.
  • Once ready and cool, melt the dark chocolate and spread over the cake and, with a spoon, spread the white chocolate whoever way you want!
  • Preparation time: Approximately 1 hour.

Enjoy! I certainly did!! (I still have well over half of it!)

Ouro Preto, MG – Brasil

What is there to say about Ouro Preto! Incredible is not enough to describe the warmth and how welcoming the place is. It was built during 18th century’s gold rush and an once thriving mining town, it is now home to one of Brazil’s best universities, UFOP. It is very much an university town, so they really know how to party! Its “republics” (student homes with their own laws) are the greatest source of fun and getting to know people.

Back in the day, not only in Brazil, but in many other places, there were botherhoods, usually the rich, that were devoted to a particular saint. Their way to show off their wealth was to build churches! One group built a beautiful church full of gold and art? The next would try to build it bigger and brighter! Once you arrive in the town, you can clearly see the churches dominating the skyline. It is home to the second richest church in Brazil, the Matriz do Pilar, with around 450Kg of gold decorating its altar.

During the late 18th century, the world was home to many revolutions: The French Revolution, American Revolution… Brazil was not different. One of the main revolutions, the Inconfidencia Mineira, took place mainly in Ouro Preto and brought forward one of the main Brazilian heroes, Tiradentes. He fought for brazilian independence and was hanged by the portuguese for it, in the main square of the town (The picture below used to be the prison where he was held., at Tiradentes Square). A little grim piece of history, but illustrates a little more about the place.

The town is, together with Congonhas, Mariana, Tiradentes, Sao Joao Del Rey and Sabara, the best examples of Brazilian Baroque art and architecture in the country.

Salvador (And Itapuã Beach) – Bahia – Brasil

What really to say about this place… having gone there and driving through it countless times, I still haven’t formed an opinion about it. Salvador is a beautiful city, if you know where to go really. In parts, you see beaches that you could only dream of and, other, utter poverty and carelessness. The main touristic centre, the Pelourinho, is literally falling apart. It is beautiful for tourists that are unaware of the problem, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize the truth behind the beautifully, newly painted building facades, with the building in the background crumbling. Well, Pelourinho is a Unesco World Heritage Site, so this alone attracts many tourists. But being trapped inside a restaurant because of the children begging you for money, becoming in some cases even aggressive, makes you think twice about going back! THe Pelourinho is home to the Church of St. Francis. It’s altar alone had more than 700kg of gold in decorations, symbolizing the once rich Brazilian capital. That’s all gone now and has been gone for a long time. This doesn’t mean that the place is horrible and you can find many beautiful places, with beautiful people! I liked Salvador, was very well received and have even considered living there. The beaches surrounding the city are incredibly beautiful (such as Flamengo beach, which is just amazing, where you really get to interact with the locals) and the farther you get away from the metropolitan area, the more beautiful they get! Well, the northeastern coast of Brazil is just amazing!

There is a particular song in Brazilian Popular Music called Tarde em Itapuã. It is an amazing song that every brazilian knows and has grown to love. It portrays probably the most amazing beach in the world, where all the problems go away. Maybe I was wrong to create expectations about it, but I was severely disappointed. Well, I think everyone who based their expectation on the song were too (I have checked that…). It is a beautiful beach, but in a very run down neighbourhood, but I was very scared with the warning people gave me… don’t go towards the ends of the beach. One of the most famous parts of the beach is the lighthouse… but “don’t go there! You will most likely get robbed… don’t go towards the other end of the beach either… that’s where the low lifes hand out”… so just stay in the middle, near the tents (where you will taste the best Acarajé in Brazil!) and you will be fine, so I was told! I enjoyed my visit and since I didn’t know the place, I took all the advice I was given by heart and don’t regret it! Even though I didn’t have many nice things to say, I still recommend a visit! Just like every place, go and have your own experiences and make up your own mind!

Just a quick photo and the song… makes you want to go too, doesn’t it?

P.S. Toquinho is my favourite musician (the guy on the left…), but I absolutely hate how easy he makes guitar playing look…


Lençóis – Chapada Diamantina

Published at The University Observer

The little-known Brazilian village of Lençóis will be a journey beyond your own experiences!

A trip to Lençóis in north-eastern Brazil is an escape from usual tourist traps. A small town located in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, Lençóis is situated about six hours away from Salvador, in the state of Bahia.

The town itself is spectacular, with buildings dating from the 18th and 19th century still well conserved. As it is not a very common place for European, or even Brazilian tourists to visit, it is still very cheap to spend time in Lençóis. During the high season (July, December and January) accommodation in a hostel will cost between R$25-R$30 which adds up to around €10-12 per night. At any other time, these prices could even be halved, while visitors can enjoy a large meal for R$10 (€4).

For the adventurous traveller, Lençóis boasts a wealth of outdoor pursuits to choose from such as hiking, rafting, camping and abseiling.

Plus, there are plenty of sights worth a visit within walking distance of the town, however it’s best to take a guide to avoid getting lost!

Paying a guide in the hostel may seem like the obvious option, but it may prove to be the most costly.

If you know the name of the place that you would like to visit, you can always walk downtown and ask a local to bring you there. They will charge much less for this service, R$10 instead of the R$40 that official guides will charge at some hostels.

Locals will take you to places such as Ribeirão do Meio and the Serrano, an area of the Lençóis river where visitors can swim and Travelenjoy a natural jacuzzi massage. However, hostel staff will arrange the vast majority of the more exciting trips.

A usual day trip is a hike to the 380 meter high Fumaça Waterfall. It is a two hour walk to the waterfall and back, but most of the trek is done over flat land and there are many more stunning waterfalls to be seen along the way. On the way back, there is a beautiful sunset view from the top of the Pai Inácio Mount.

The absence of a beach is more than made up for with the sandy Pratinha river. Travellers who wish to explore the crystal clear waters of the river can do so by renting scuba gear and will enjoy swimming with the fish!

Flowing through caves, the water of the Pratinha river is illuminated by the sunlight for roughly 20 minutes each day, giving out a strong blue light. A similar, but even more impressive event is seen in the concealed lake of the Poço Encantado.

A chance to experience the traditional nightlife shouldn’t be missed. Visitors who travel to the town during June and July as the locals prepare for Festa de São João (Festival of St. John), should join in with the traditional music and capoeira dance.

Once you have visited Lençóis, it will be difficult to tear yourself away from the natural beauty and welcoming people!