Compound Butter- Three ideas

compound butter

If you haven't ever tried a compound butter, then you are missing out. I think butter might just be my very favorite food. It is an ingredient in everything good. So, if there is something that you put butter on before eating, then you can make it even better with a compound butter. Think bread, toast, corn on the cob, scones, pancakes, waffles, garlic bread and so on. What is compound butter, you ask. It is basically butter with stuff mixed into it. Wow! That sounds pretty enticing. Let's … [Read more...]

Mousse de Maracuja – Passionfruit Mousse

mousse de maracuja

We are continuing the celebration Brazil and the Rio Olympics.  I've been going strong watching all the events. However, I gotta say, that I didn't miss golf being an Olympic event for the past 100 years. I hate watching golf! It was on for about 11 hours yesterday.  Ugh! I can do pretty much any other sport. And when the commentators get their whispery voices going, I just can't. Luckily, they followed that up with volleyball, gymnastics and horse jumping. All great fun! When I went to … [Read more...]

Brigadeiros- A Traditional Brazilian Candy


Here we go! More Brazilian recipes this week to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I'm loving them so far, BTW. I've watched water polo and volleyball and swimming and gymnastics and road racing and synchronized diving and shooting. It's all thrilling! What did you think about the Opening Ceremonies? I'm gonna be honest, I thought they were a little weird. But I guess they are always a bit artsy and weird. The parade of nations was fun, though. What about Tonga? Wow! Back to the recipe of the … [Read more...]

Converting Tapioca to Farinha

transforming tapioca into farinha

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Feijoada, a black bean stew from Brazil, to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.  I mentioned farinha in that post. Farinha is basically coarsely ground tapioca flour that has been toasted. It is served a top the feijoada. It gives and interesting crunchy texture and also can control the "soupiness" of the bean by absorbing moisture. It also serves the purpose of extending the number of servings. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't have … [Read more...]

Feijoada- Brazilian Black Bean Stew


Who is excited about the Olympics? Anyone? I am disproportionately excited this year. I LOVE the Olympics. Winter and Summer. I love the worldwide competition. I love seeing people from tiny countries competing. I love getting to watch unusual sports like synchronized swimming and badminton, sports that the USA doesn't dominate.  I love to keep track of the medal counts. I love to watch the swimming and volleyball. It is really the best. I will probably get about nothing done for the next couple … [Read more...]