It takes about 21 hours to fly from China to Brazil.
It takes 5 minutes to drive from my house to the grocery.
These Around the World challenges sure are efficient aren’t they?
This month our country is Brazil. (Check out last month’s feature on China). Home of gorgeous bodies and raucous carnivals. And the food. Glorious, scrumptious dishes influenced by Africa and Europe. Like most countries flavours and dishes vary heavily based on where in the location they are created. Coastal region favour fish dishes while in land hearty, more earthier foods are preferred.
It was a bit like Christmas day waiting for the reveal for February’s cuisine of choice.Knowing I would be spending half of the month in my own southern destination I had to keep it simple and easy. And since my life is beginning to get foam heavy with several beer related projects on the go with a fridge stocked tight with bottles and cans from Toronto’s own craft beer scene I picked well with this Feijoada in my quest to cook more with beer.
Feijoada is a wonderful winter stew full of meat and beans and served with a fresh citrus burst of orange slices. Considered the national dish of Brazil the meats and types of beans used change based on region but the oranges always stay. Served over rice it’s a “keep you warm on a cold night” kind of dish. This Smoked Porter from Bandit Brewery was a perfect addition. It’s roastiness cut the spice of the chorizo while elevating the body of the dish.
Check out below what the rest of my travel companions have up their sleeves. If they are enjoying themselves like I am it’s going to be a hell of a year.