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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chili Sem Carne

For those of you who loved our first recipe, Chili Con Carne, here is an invention by Urso Branco, me. It is Chili Sem Carne or Chili without Meat. Vegetarians will love this!

Have you ever started to make your favourite dish and then realized you had not bought the major ingredient? Just imagine you were going to make Chili Con Carne and you had no carne and the stores were all closed.

What do you do? Abandon the recipe? NO! Just make the same recipe but without the carne.

The creating is done exactly the same as our recipe for Chili Con Carne . . just leave out the carne.

In this recipe you can add whatever vegetable you like.

Cut up the onions in small pieces and put them in the pan.

Peel and chop the tomatoes and put in the pan with the onions.

For extra flavour, add a chopped green pepper.

Mix them all in the pan.

Add the Club House chili dust or substitute your own mix of spices.

Add kidney beans or beans of your choice.

Add Black Pepper, or Chili Pepper to taste.

Cook for 1 hour to blend all the tastes.

Hints for serving Chili Sem Carne!

You can boil potatoes with or without the skins and pour the Chili Sem Carne over them,

Put a bowl of Pasta on the table with the Chili SEm Carne served in a bowl.

Pour the Chili Sem Carne over the Pasta.

You can use mashed potatoes instead of whole potatoes.

If you have lots of liquid you can use toast to sop up the liquid or pour Chili Sem Carne over the toast.

You can do the same with plain white or brown bread and cover it with Chili Sem Carne.

Whichever serving method you use it will be absolutely delicious. I have eaten Chili Sem Carne using all these serving styles.

Of course you serve Chili Con Carne exactly the same ways!


Photos by Urso Branco

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Abacaxi! Abacaxi! Abacaxi!

This is not a Canadian Brasilian Recipe but it is so delicious I had to show it to you.

A vendor drives around town with a truckload of Abacaxi (Pineapple) for sale at R$2 each.

He has a ten minute recorded message that talks non stop about his Abacaxi! Abacaxi! Abacaxi! Doce! Doce! Doce! Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! Pineapple.

We see him about once a month and always buy five to appease my sweet tooth. These ones are still a little green but they will be perfect in a couple days or so.

One guy drives the truck while two guys run the street giving samples to people.

This guy was too shy to show his face but he will gladly let you have a free sample.

The truck is loaded with 1000 abacaxi.

We bought five and brought them home.

This is how a Canadian prepares abacaxi. He lets his Brasilian wife do the work!!!

First she cuts off the top.

Then she cuts off the bottom!

Then she slices off the sides!

The delicious treasure is exposed!

Almost done!

She discards the outer peel and slices the inside lengthways.

She cuts all the sides and leaves the hard core. I like to eat the hard core so there is no waste.

She cuts the abacaxi into smaller pieces and puts them in her serving pan!

As a final step . . .The Canadian EATS THEM. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Photos by Urso Branco

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Redneck Scrambled Eggs

This fabulous recipe was invented by two people on two different continents.

Urso Branco invented it in Canada and Judy invented it in Brasil around the same time. So this is really a Canadian/Brasilian recipe.

I have deferred to Judy in giving it its name. Judy called it Redneck Scrambled Eggs because when she and her kids lived on a farm here in Brasil they had a variation of this dish often.

It is Scrambled Eggs here just because I couldn't be bothered making it into an omelet. The marvelous part of this simple and nutritious meal is you can, as my mother used to say, put in everything except the kitchen sink.

So let's start.

Take as many eggs as you wish and break them into a bowl.

Take the cheese of your choice. It is best with Canadian Cheddar.

Slice the cheese and then cut it into small pieces. I suppose you could even use shredded cheese.

Open a bottle, carton or can of fresh milk. It can be whole, partly skimmed or skimmed.

Pour as much milk as you have egg into the bowl and add the cheese.

Stir vigourously!

Open a can or box of mixed vegetables. If you prefer to bother cut up fresh vegetables.

Pour off the water then add everything to a greased or oiled frypan. Cook stirring frequently to break it all up for scrambled eggs. If you prefer an omelet just don't break it. Cook and fold in two then turn over when browned.

Sprinkle the mix with black pepper and paprika (or whatever spices you like).

Here is the finished dish ready to serve hot from the pan.

Of course any scrambled egg or omelet just MUST have ketchup (no mattter how it is spelled).

Now here is something special we discovered here in Brasil. Canned vegetables are being phased out to avoid waste preoblems in favour of cartons which are biodegradeable.

Either way, here in Brasil, there is ALWAYS one black pea in the can or box. Why? I guess it is to see who is the lucky one to get the special, rare pea. They must have one person in the factory whose job it is to puit one and only one black pea in each container.

So there you have a simple and quick recipe for breakfast or lunch. You can even have it for supper.


Add anything you find in the fridge or cupboards such as Vegetables, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Mortadella Bologna or Sausage. Anything goes if you like it. I don't think jello is a good idea though. Maybe fruit would be nice.

Photos by Urso Branco

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cheese Omelet

Here is another simple meal for breakfast or lunch. For that matter, for anytime. However, neither my Mother nor my Grandmother invented it. If you go to Google and type Cheese Omelet you will find lots of different recipes with lots of different stuff added to them.

It is the weekend and time for another simple and delicious meal.

All we need is eggs, cheese and milk plus some pepper and paprika to taste. I never cook with salt because of my heart condition. But add it if you wish.

I like a three egg omelet so I broke three eggs in the bowl.

Add some milk (about 1/4 cup). The milk makes the omelet bigger and fluffy. Just don't add too much milk because it will fill the pan. Stir until well mixed.

I prefer to use Cheddar Cheese. It is firmer and has a terrific taste, particularly, in an omelet. Cut the cheese into small pieces. You can use your own choice of cheese.

Lightly oil the fry pan or use a cooking spray so the eggs don't stick to the pan. Pour in the mixture of eggs and milk.

Add some paprika and black pepper to taste.

Once the omelet has cooked a bit and is no longer runny, sprinkle the cheese all over the omelet.

Once everything is firm fold the omelet in half. In this case I folded too soon and it didn't look pretty. But that doesn't matter. Notice how it is golden brown.

With a large omelet it helps to cut it in half before turning it over. Cook each side until golden brown.

This omelet was not pretty at all. Here it is fallen to pieces. But, don't worry it will still taste lovely.

Here is a two egg cheese omelet. It is easier to handle and looks pretty!

I cut it in half before turning it over.

Now that is more like it. This one looks pretty!

You can eat it alone or with sausage as shown here or with bacon, ham or any meat you choose. Notice I love ketchup so I put a big spoon full on the omelet.

This omelet tastes fantastic because of the Cheddar Cheese. Of course you can use the basic eggs and milk recipe and add anything you like, such as green pepper and ham for a Spanish Omelet.

Like the French Toast in the previous post, this is quick, simple and delicious.

Photos by Urso Branco

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