Feijoada: Bruny Style.

Brunyfire has been taking to the water a lot recently thanks to her induction into kayaking that started last year with an intrepid team of women kayakers (apart from Tom, one of our guides) into the swells of Tassie’s South West. 

Since then, a bright red Wilderness explorer has become Brunyfire’s latest acquisition and a lot more of Tassie’s more inaccessible areas of wilderness has been explored over the summer thanks to Retro Kay, Robbie, Anne, SJ et al.Slide1So with the excuse of feeding a dozen hungry kayakers, Brunyfire decided to test her hand at a couple of quintessential Brazilian dishes – a moqueca and a feijoada. Both these dishes are well loved in their home country, and best of all, each has a clay pot associated with its cooking.Slide1In the case of the feijoada, several Bruny ingredients found their way into this version, starting with the meat from Ross O’Meara of Bruny Island Food, purchased from Hobart’s Sunday Farmer’s market.

Preparing and cooking a feijoado is not for the faint hearted – it takes commitment, time and a definite non squeamish mindset as this particular recipe included an ox tongue as well as different kinds of smoked meats – ribs, pork and beef jerky – all of which are simmered long and slow with black beans.tongueSlide1Not only is this a delicious, stomach filling dish – it’s just the perfect heart warming meal for a wintery Tasmanian day…….image …………entertaining a couple of mates at the Mount Nelson home dome.imageHaving eaten at Mani – Helena Rizzo’s São Paulo restaurant last year as part of an epic Brazilian, family culinary adventure, Brunyfire used one of Rizzo’s recipes for this particular feijoada. (For the full recipe, check the recipe section).

This meal very much reflects the multi cultural nature of our family – cultures from around the world are embraced at this table. On the one hand we’re eating a traditional Brazilian dinner made from (some of) the produce of Bruny, Tasmania. The food has been cooked in, and served upon, the fabulously iconic pottery of the Paneleiras de Goiabeiras – the women potters from Goiabeiras in Vitória, Brazil (another story waiting in the wings). The dramatic frangapani hand printed table cloth, is by local Thursday Island artist, Rosie Ware.

The star of the show on this particular occasion though, was the farofa………IMG_2537……..Brazil’s truly indigenous root vegetable, manioc – but in combination with crushed Brazil nuts, toasted in butter……..

…………simply divine………….


About brunyfire

Practising potter, open hearth gastronomist,wild food forager, writer.
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