The latest box from Try the World was curated by Chef Leticia Schwartz. She was both born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and is a teacher, cookbook author and appears as a guest on many cooking shows. If you’re interested in checking her cookbooks, here’s the titles for you.
- The Brazilian Kitchen
- My Rio de Janeiro
1| Churrasco Sauce – A churrascos is the Portuguese word for barbecues. (Portuguese is the national language of Brazil.) This sauce is a product of Bazzar, a well known restaurant based in Rio de Janeiro. This sauce works as both a marinade and a dipping sauce. You decide!
Where in Brazil is it from? Rio de Janeiro
Suggested Uses: Spread onto Pizza dough or Layer into a sandwich.
2| Parana Coffee Grounds – Did you know that Brazilians produce over a third of the worlds coffee? It also happen to be Brazil’s National Drink.
Where in Brazil is it from? State of Parana
Suggested Uses: Serve chilled over ice or bake it into desserts.
3| Churrasco Spice Mix – BR Spices, the company who makes this spice mix, specializes in creating traditional seasonings that stand true to their commitment to healthy living and using only the best natural ingredients. You can use this mix as a rub for meats, to season a marinate or in the suggested uses below.
Where in Brazil is it from? Barueri
Suggested Uses: Mix into a salad dressing or use to season roasted vegetables.
4| Pao de Queijo Mix – This bread is supposed to be crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside and is a common breakfast food in Brazil. Ones of the interesting things I noted just from look at the box… It’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Soy Free.
Where in Brazil is it from? Jundiai
Suggested Uses: Add bacon to the dough or top your bread with sandwich fixings.
5| Jabuticaba Jam – The Jabuticaba is a black berry that grows on both the trunk and branches of the jabuticaba tree. It’s a fruit that is unique to Brazil and Moria, the creator of this jam, uses less sugar than is in typical jam recipes.
Where in Brazil is it from? Casa Branca
Suggested Uses: Mix into yogurt or bake into thumbprint cookies.
6| Brazil Nut Cookies – The Brazil nut was a staple for Amazonian tribes who depended on the proteins, fats and essential nutrients for much needed energy. Interesting fact… The Brazil nut tree is one of the tallest in the Amazon.
Where in Brazil is it from? Belem
Suggested Uses: Serve with tea and enjoy as an afternoon snack.
7| Goiabada – Goiabada is a fruit preserve made by boiling guava juice with sugar. This process was first used to preserve the fruit for longer periods of time. It’s often enjoyed with Minas cheese (a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese.)
Where in Brazil is it from? Petrolina
Suggested Uses: Melt into a meat glaze, slice and serve with cheese or spread onto desserts.
8| Brazilian Nuts Spread – This spread is both gluten free and vegan and is made with peanuts, cashews and baru nuts. (If you’ve never heard of Baru nuts before, the are native to central Brazil and are rich in protein.)
Where in Brazil is it from? Sao Paulo
Suggested Uses: Updated your PB&J or serve with sliced apples.
Things I love about the culture guides included in the Try the World boxes…
- They often give you a suggest menu for hosting a party with your ingredients
- You learn more about the country, where the ingredients came from
- Recipes are included
- They even have suggested games (Truco for Brazil) and curated playlists to list to while you cook and eat.
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