Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Daring Cooks' October 2012 Challenge: Brazilian Feijoada

Another month has zoomed by, and it's Daring Cooks' challenge posting date again.

Rachel Dana was our October 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge hostess! Rachel brought Brazil into our lives by challenging us to make Feijoada and Farofa along with some other yummy side dishes traditionally served with Feijoada, which is a delicious black bean and pork stew.

Feijoada, Farofa and Vinaigrette
The Feijoada actually ended up being the second pork and bean stew I made within a fortnight - earlier in the month I made Fasolka po Bretonsku for the Random Recipes challenge.

But luckily both Mr and E (and indeed Mini-M as it turns out!) are fans of this sort of dish, so there were no complaints!

I'm not going to put the recipes up here, as the post would become quickly rather epic. Full details are provided on the Daring Kitchen site here. Instead I'll give a bit of a description of how mine differed (as usual!) from the recipe.

Firstly, it had an unusually Polish slant. When I went hunting for the ingredients in our local supermarket, I couldn't find the right sorts of sausages, meats etc - however after making the Fasolka, my mind immediately jumped to some Polish substitutions which are easy to get hold of in Edinburgh as there's a large Polish community in my part of town. I used Sokolow sausages and Boczek bacon for the meats in the casserole. Instead of butter, I used Smalec (dripping) to make the Farofa, along with some Polish dry breadcrumbs.

Although they may have been unauthentic substitutions, they were still very tasty!

I added banana to the Farofa, but no bacon, since the Smalec is meat fat with small pieces of pork in.

I couldn't find black beans (indeed in our local supermarket, I couldn't find ANY dried beans. That says sad things about local eating habits - ready meals galore but no dried pulses. I had some kidney and black-eyed beans in a jar in the cupboard, so just used them. I cooked the beans for 20 mins in the pressure cooker first of all, and then for a couple of hours on the hob after the rest of the ingredients had been added, which was probably marginally too long, as they had started to mush down quite a lot. It still tasted amazing though!

I didn't make the collard greens, as we had a little coleslaw left over that needed using, so we ate that with it instead.

I also didn't add the raw onion to the vinaigrette, since I'm really not a fan of raw onion - either the taste whilst eating, or the aftertaste a few hours later.

Vinaigrette, minus onion, before dressing
This was a really really delicious meal. It also got the Mini-M seal of approval. We've been encouraging her to try a little of everything, and she's getting so much better. Last week when we went to the dietitian I didn't have to embarrassingly admit that she mainly only ate spaghetti hoops, cocktail sausages and fruit! In fact she exclaimed a few days ago that she was 'trying everything in the world' which may be over egging things a little, but she is rightly quite proud of her new adventures in food!

Feijoada toddler style
Going in for a piece of sausage
Sausage and banana farofa - all gone!


  1. Great job on the challenge. It looks yummy.

  2. Nice job adapting to the ingredients that were available. It looks like the little one enjoyed it too!

  3. LOL @toddler style! Great job with your interpretation of feijoda. We get a good selection of Polish cured meats at our local grocer too, so we'll have to try that slant on it next time (there will be a next time!)

  4. I love the toddler version - and I am so proud of her for trying everything now! :) I think your choice of meats sounds absolutely delicious for this kind of stew, too. And I did something similar with my farofa - I set aside the pan in which I'd cooked my bacon to use the drippings to cook the farofa! Great minds think alike...? :) Wonderful job on this challenge!

  5. Awesome job! Your feast looks so delicious! Love that you used the polish sausages you could find! Great job with the toddler style plate, too! Haha. I never wanted to buy tons of those little compartment plates, but they are the best - they can try a little bit of everything. I use them all day long, so she has access to little snacks constantly.

  6. This looks like a fun one - I am sorry to have missed cooking along this month.
    The mini-plates are great!

  7. Cute toddler version for this month's challenge! Your feijoada looks delicious...great job!

  8. Sounds great, I feel so sad that you struggle with finding dry beans, should you ever need stop by my blog and I will gladly see about shipping some to you, I have access to all kinds being in central Texas with a large Latino population. As for the rest of your blog, I laughed out loud at your little ones success at trying everything in the world! Great job as parents encouraging food exploration! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I lived off fejoada and farofa when I was a student in Rio. Do you have a recipe for farofa? Your fejoada looks delicious by the way x



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