There are many different regional specialties. For example, in Bahia, a popular dish is called vatapa. It contains pieces of shrimp and fish mixed with palm oil, coconut milk and pieces of bread. It is served over rice. African slaves were the first to make a number of dishes including vatapa, by mixing different foods. Since food was scarce, combining the food they found was a way to make the most of what they had.

In Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais, a favourite dish is feijoada. It is a stew made of black beans, chunks of beef, pork, sausages and sometimes pigs' ears and tails. In Rio Grande do Sul, churrasco, Brazil's version of a barbecue, is a favourite meal. This word describes chunks of beef pierced with a metal skewer and roasted over hot coals.

Brazil is the world's largest producer of coffee. Brazilians usually make it dark, sweet and strong. A typical breakfast consists of a cup of cafe com leite, a hot milk and coffee mixture and a piece of fresh bread. Almoco or lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Brazilians eat rice, beans, salad, meat or other dishes. In the evening a light supper is served in many homes.

Here is a tasty recipe to try.



5 eggs
500 ml milk
250 ml oil
4 tbs grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
12 tbs flour
baking powder

Put all the above, except the cheese and the baking powder, in a blender. Add these final 2 ingredients at the end.

Stuffing ingredients:

1 tomato chopped very small
1 red or green pepper
1 onion, sliced very small
5 olives sliced, preferably black olives
1 cooked chicken breast (cooked with bouillon, salt and black pepper) chopped into small pieces


Preheat oven to 350°F. Put 1/2 the blender ingredients into a cake pan, enough to cover the bottom. Put the stuffing ingredients on top of the blender ingredients. Cover with the rest of the blender ingredients. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes.