Archive for the ‘Brazil’ Category

Your New Favorite Cheese: Reiqueijão Cremoso

April 13, 2010

Reiqueijão cremoso was introduced to me my freshman year of college. My friend living down the hall in the dorms was a Brazilian girl who used to keep this salty, tangy yet mild and creamy cheese in her fridge at all times. We would go out clubbing together and come back to her room wanting a little late night nosh – so we’d toast some bread (strictly against the school’s ‘no toaster’ policy) and spread on the gooey goodness. Since those days, it has been consistently among my favorite cheeses.

About a year and a half ago, I went on a hunt to find reiqueijão cremoso in NYC, but my search came out with only paltry results. I learned that not one shop in Little Brazil carried it; instead I would have to go all the way to Flushing to purchase some. I was deeply disappointed. But then recently I was pleasantly surprised. I went to my local Associated grocery store and, lo and behold, it was being sold to the masses right in the regular cheese section! The brand sold there was Catupiry – one of the most popular brands of this cheese. Definitely check it out next time you head to the grocery store. This cheese is extremely versatile and its dip-able consistency lends itself to easy snacking. My favorite way to eat it is to spread it on an english muffin, top with a slice of tomato and a fried or poached egg, and season with salt and pepper. But go ahead…get creative!

My Favorite Chocolate Treat

July 16, 2009

My name is Veggiewala and I’m a chocoholic. Obviously I’m not alone in this vice so I thought I’d share my absolute favorite chocolate treat with you. It’s called brigadeiro (brig-a-day-ro). During my sophomore year of college, whenever I was seriously stressed-out, my roommate would make me this luscious Brazilian chocolate candy. The dense, silky, fudge-like truffle would instantly put a smile on my face – because when you are eating brigadeiro, it’s almost impossible not to smile. While the recipe is pretty easy, it is also a bit labor intensive. The key to making it is to stir constantly for at least 15 minutes to get the right consistency (it should stick well to the back of a spoon). Your arm might get a bit sore but at least you know you are working off a tiny portion of the calories you are about to consume.

Brigadeiro

You will need:

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. milk (whichever kind you have at home)

2-3 tbsp. of chocolate drinking powder (I tend to have Nestlé on hand)

Chocolate sprinkles and sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the butter, milk and chocolate drinking powder. Once you are sure there are no lumps, add the condensed milk and begin stirring. Keep stirring for about 15 minutes until you can start to see the bottom of the pan when you stir. Stirring is key so that it does not burn. Once it looks like you are done, pour the mixture into a very well greased baking pan. Let cool for 30 minutes to an hour until cool enough to handle.

Traditionally, at this stage, you would use well greased hands to roll the mixture into little balls and then roll them in chocolate sprinkles. I also like to roll mine in sweetened shredded coconut, though you can use anything you like (i.e. crushed nuts, cocoa powder, etc).  But, if you don’t want to go through all the trouble of presentation, just grab a spoon and dig in!