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As many people in Brazil do,I come from a family tree with many branches:Syrian,Italian,Spanish,Argentine...In my family there are many "family recipes",and I have one too many favorites.Do you have a favorite "family recipe" of your own?



mensaque June 26, 2013
I don't remember where or when I've heard it...possibly here on Food52 in another thread.
Maedl June 25, 2013
Was the 'hidden meat' in the context of sneaking it into a Church fast day? Any idea of where your story came from? In parts of the US--around Baltimore and the Eastern Shore--the Church actually went so far as to declare muskrats 'fish' for fasting purposes. So much for scientific knowledge within the Church!
Maedl June 20, 2013
The first dish that popped into my mind was gefüllte Nudeln--filled noodles. It comes from the Swabian region of Germany, roughly the Black Forest. The dish, as my grandmother made it (she got the recipe from her mother who was from the Black Forest) consisted of a mixture of ground beef, parsley, onions, garlic, and lots of other herbs spread between two layers of egg noodle dough . The noodle was cut into diamond-shaped pieces and cooked in a rich beef broth. We had it for Maundy Thursday--which is 'Green Thursday' in German. Yearss later, I learned that this is a traditional Swabian dish during Lent, a period of fasting and abstaining from meat. The Swabians have a reputation for being rather crafty and believed that God would not know there was meat hiding between the noodle layers.

This last spring, I was looking through one of my Grandmother's cookbooks and her hand written recipe for the gefüllte Nudeln fell out. I was delighted because I always thought she made it without a recipe.
mensaque June 24, 2013
I've heard the story of the hidden meat before...so funny the things we do trying to appear being perfect!
SeaJambon June 19, 2013
Hmmm... fun question. Most of my heritage is Germanic, so family recipes are from that part of the world. Probably my favorite is Celery Root Salad (only prepared during the holidays). If you took a traditional American potato salad, substituted cubed cooked celery root for the potatoes, and replaced the mayo with a vinagrette, you'd be very close.
mensaque June 24, 2013
I had a celery/apple/mayo salad this weekend that was perfect...but I loved the vinagrette idea and I'll give it a go,for sure.Sounds amazing!
mensaque June 19, 2013
I don't believe it's going to be Crème brûlée,hã KB?
Kitchen B. June 19, 2013
Oh in Nigeria, we call that burnt part 'bottom pot'!!!! Thinking of that family recipe!
dymnyno June 24, 2013
In some parts of the Bahamas the burnt bottom of the rice pot is called "potcake" which is also what they call mixed breed dogs, aka, mutts.
mensaque June 19, 2013
You're more than welcome as you will be if you do come to Brazil.You're gonna have lots of fun and lots of "weird" food you're probably gonna love.
Louisa S. June 19, 2013
Sauteeing the grain in oil first is a great technique. Really hope to make it to Brazil some day, thanks for shedding a bit of light onto Brazilian cooking!
mensaque June 19, 2013
I don't know if it might be considered a "Brazilian thing",but since we cook rice down here in a slight different way,it's pretty commom mistake as you say.We sauté the raw rice with oil and spices(usually garlic and onions)before adding water,and we use 2 parts of water for every part of rice so that in 20 min.the water is all gone and you don't need to drain it.Therefore...accident will happen sometimes and they make my mom very happy as I've mentioned.
Louisa S. June 19, 2013
You make crunchy rice, too? Excellent! I love discovering this dish in other cultures; it seems that people all over the world have discovered this delicious cooking "mistake." I've seen it now in Korean, Chinese, and Dominican cooking. So, is it a Portuguese thing, or Brazilian, or both?
Louisa S. June 19, 2013
Wow, great culinary heritage you have! I think my favorite family recipe is my dad's rice with lentils and dill. He takes the crunchy rice from the bottom of the pot —the "tahdig"— and mixes it into the rest of the rice. It's heavenly. I think he uses a TON of butter to make it taste so good, but that's his secret.
mensaque June 19, 2013
Sounds wonderful,we're all for rice in Brazil.My mom will fight you for the crunchy bottom from the rice pot,the so called "queimadinho do fundo da panela" in my native Portuguese.Thanks.
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