Have you been enjoying the olympics? I SURE HAVE! I pretty much have gotten into the habit of watching it all day because I don’t want to miss my favorite olympic sports which are swimming & gymnastics (which are now over), but I’ve also grown to like beach volleyball and soccer.
I have also enjoyed seeing and watching the magnificent views that have been shared while watching the Olympics. Rio is just so beautiful, but I would have to say that the favorite thing I enjoy seeing over and over again is that beautifully breathtaking Christ the Redeemer statue that sits on the hill. I don’t know if I will ever get to visit Brazil in person, but if I ever do I would definitely have to see that statue.
But my most favorite part at the olympics so far is Lily King’s response to Yulia Efimova. I actually got to see that part and I couldn’t help but giggle. Prior to that moment I never heard of Lily King before, but I am now a fan. Not only because of her comments & reaction, but also because she is an excellent swimmer. If you have no idea what moment I am talking about then watching the video below will explain it all.
Final Thoughts on Brazil
From the towering rainforest to the coastal plans, we could spend a lifetime sampling the food in Brazil! The Brazilian culture is one of the world’s most varied and diverse. This is due to the melting pot of nationalities, as a result of centuries of European domination as well as slavery, which brought hordes of African migrants across the borders of Brazil to live in and influence the local cultures with their customs and ideas. The European settlers also brought ideas, innovations and belief systems with them, which helped shape their local societies. All of these different influences have shaped the unique and complex modern day Brazilian culture.
Brazil’s climate throughout most of the country is warm and tropical. A variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and coffee grow there. Often you can find bananas, coconuts, oranges and other fruits growing on the side of the road. Every week people go to Feiras (Street Markets) to buy fresh produce. Since Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, that means that their seasons are reversed from the U.S. Christmas for them hits right in the middle of summer, so it is hot and toasty. This also means that watermelon, pineapple, bananas, mango, strawberries, grapes, guava, and passion fruit are typical at a Christmas meal.
Brazilian society as a whole is very food oriented. Meal times in Brazil are usually an event for family and friends. There is always plenty of food for late or unexpected arrivals. This is the perfect time of day to catch up and share special moments with with loved ones. Most of the time, lunch is an important meal. Both lunch and dinner end with a small but strong cup of coffee. Food is customarily prepared from scratch. Frozen foods are considered just another expensive commodity for the fast paced city workers.
Of course, no discussion on Brazilian culture would be complete without mentioning soccer. No matter where you go in the country, you will likely find a game being played somewhere. The people of Brazil are very proud of their national team and children learn to play the sport at a very young age, which is why Brazil produces some of the best soccer players in the world.
About This Brazilian Dish
This last brazilian dish that I am sharing is my back up or Plan B as I like to call it. My original plan was to share my recipe for Brigadiero’s, but it just didn’t pan out or work out like it was supposed to. I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed cause I was really looking forward to trying Brigadiero’s. The good news to all of this is that I’m not just sharing one recipe, I’m sharing 2!
The first one is called Sanduíche Natural de Frango (Cold Chicken Sandwich). This easy take on a cold chicken sandwich is sold by vendors along the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. This easy to make sandwich makes the perfect lunch time bite.
The other recipe I am sharing pairs perfectly with the Cold Chicken Sandwich and will definitely quench your thirst. Limonada Suica (Brazilian Limeade). Brazilian Limeade is a crispy, creamy, and refreshing drink that can be ready to enjoy in a few short minutes. Most recipes that I looked at for Brazilian Limeade used condensed milk in the recipe. But if you are vegan or just don’t like condensed milk then you can just use coconut milk like I did in my recipe.
3 Limes, quartered
5 Cups Cold Water
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Can Coconut Milk
In a saucepan mix together the sugar and water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
Quarter the limes and throw them into a blender with 1/4 cup water. Blend coarsely and strain.
In a clean blender, combine the limeade, sugar, syrup, coconut milk, and ice cubes and blend well.