Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feijoada (E.A.T. World: Brazil)

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 Feijoada is Brazil's take on one of the world's great food pairs - rice and beans.  In it's traditional form, feijoada (pronounced fay-zwah-duh) usually contains meat, and judging by recipes online, lots of it.  Since vegans know a thing or two about rice and beans, there are lots of recipes out there for vegan or vegetarian feijoada.  I based this on a recipe in American Wholefoods Cuisine, my go-to old school veggie cookbook.

Everything here is pretty straight forward - long grain brown rice is cooked in water and tomato juice, along with a dried chili pepper and bay leaf.  Black beans are seasoned with onion and garlic, and another couple of dried chilis.  The greens are collards, also simply prepared and seasoned with a little salt and some chopped onions.

I was surprised by the great flavor the orange slices added, mixed with the rice and beans.  Plus, they just look pretty as a garnish.  At the bottom left is a spicy onion salsa, made by blanching sliced onions in boiling water for a few minutes, and marinating the drained onions in fresh lime juice and hot pepper sauce.

One of the classic Brazilian flavors I didn't incorporate here, but would like to try, is farofa, which is coarse ground, roasted cassava or manioc flour.  This post from SHIFT Vegan has a nice pic of feijoada with farofa.  If you want more Brazilian food, don't miss The Crafty Kook's trip to Brazil from earlier this winter!

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I don't bake nearly often enough, so when I do I like to share it here :)  I was cleaning my fridge this afternoon, and found black cherries and some cranberries in the freezer, so made this pie from The Joy of Vegan Baking.  Yum.

17 comments:

Jenn said...

Orange in rice and beans? Sounds interesting. That pie looks amazing!

Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

Feijoada is really a mouth watering delicious recipe. I really love them and thanks for sharing. I have eaten at Monesi Brazilian Buffet and Grill; it's very good and mostly very healthy foods.

Best Regards,

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Oooooh, that pie!!!

SHIFTvegan said...

Nice looking plate!! Well done!!!
Cheers

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Yeah! You baked! Nice one. And the Feijoada looks delicious. As I read the descriptions I realized how all your little touches must have made this meal out-of-this-world! Why have I never cooked my rice in tomato juice? It sounds so delicious. I like olives with oranges, maybe I'll add some when I make this.

miss v said...

looks interesting - do you just mix it all together and eat with a fork? or is it like indian or ethopian with a bread base?

Mike K said...

miss v - I mixed it all up, onions and greens and oranges and the rest. That's my favorite way to eat anything rice & beans, and just kept them separate for the pic.

River - The Crafty Kook said...

Rice and beans have never looked better! I need to revisit Brazil and make me some Feijoada. The oranges look so pretty atop the black beans too! Now I am tempted to add some orange slices to my next rice and beans bowl. Thank you for the shout-out! I'll trade you some brigadeiros for some feijoada! :D

Your pie is beautiful! All your food is always so colorful and vibrant. You should definitely bake more often! :)

I hope you enjoy Sabrina! Have you seen Roman Holiday? That is my favorite Audrey movie!

Patty said...

Oh wow I've never tried Brazilian food before, the oranges are an interesting addition.

JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Mike! It really is my favorite day of the year. I grow so sad when we fall back an hour. It's better than Christmas when the extra hours of sun return :)

Wow, the Feijoada looks so fantastic. I've never heard of it before.

Penny said...

I love the idea of cooking rice in tomato juice... Thank you for some inspiration here! Definitely a meal I'll be trying soon!

Cindy said...

This a simple but really beautiful dish-with or without meat.

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Veganopolis Chefs said...

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Veganopolis Chefs said...

Cook Rice in half V8 Juice and 1/2 Water/Vegan stock is good too.
A restaurant I dined at on the U.S. west coast had a Vegan Taco Salad on the menu with Black Beans, Veggies and Orange-Tamari Braised Tofu and it was great.

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