On March 10th, we're kicking off our Sabores: Flavors of Brazil, a series of culinary classes presenting Brazilian cuisine recipes. The first class will teach you how to make FEIJOADA. But, what is feijoada?
Feijoada is a flavorful stew of beans and pork, known to be the national dish of Brazil. Wednesdays and Saturdays are Feijoada Day in Brazil, where you will find this dish in most restaurants. It's a hearty meal, made with a thick and flavorful mixture of beans, fresh and smoked meats plus seasonings. It's usually accompanied by arroz (rice), farofa (toasted manioc flour mix), couve (collard greens) & molho de pimenta (pepper sauce).
The name is derived from the Portuguese word for bean, ‘feijão’. There are a few different versions of the history of the feijoada, and how it became an icon of Brazilian Gastronomy. Some say it originated in the senzalas, where African slaves lived during slavery time in Brazil. It's believed that the slaves cooked the beans, cheap and abundant, and mixed with the rest of the meats from the casa grande, where the slave owners lived, such as pig ears and feet, and that later the dish started to be known and served across the different social classes in Brazil.
Others believe the vast use of beans was introduced by the Portuguese, that found the black bean grown in Brazil to be tastier and smoother. They used black beans in recipes like the Portuguese cozido, the Italian casoeula, and the French cassoulet, adding Brazilian spices to the stew, and the Feijoada was born. The use of pork meats such as ear and feet was common on dishes served to the elite during slavery time in Brazil. Throughout time, the Feijoada became popular, differing a little from region to region in Brazil, and became Brazil's national dish.
Either way, it's obvious the cultural and historical importance of the feijoada! Today, it is symbol of getting together with family and friends, enjoying a hearty meal and relaxing.
So don't miss out: come learn culture through culinary arts!
March 10th, 2018, 6:30-9pm. We will be serving a feijoada meal at the end!
$35 per person and registration is needed: http://bit.ly/2GRlcCj