Moqueca Brazilian Seafood Stew Recipe

Moqueca Image from Wikipedia Janaina Roberge

Moqueca is a Brazilian seafood stew. It is slowly cooked in a terracotta cassole. Moqueca can be made with shrimp or fish as a base with tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime and coriander. The name moqueca comes from the term mu’keka in Kimbundu language.

Recipe and Directions listed in a New York Times Article

Recipe from Casa de Tereza

Adapted by Florence Fabricant

FOR THE FAROFA (OPTIONAL):

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ cups manioc or cassava meal, available online and in some specialty food shops

FOR THE STEW:

  • 1 ¾ pounds black sea bass, filleted, trimmings reserved
  • 12 ounces large shrimp, peeled, shells reserved
  •  Salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small white turnip, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium onions
  • 4 large plum tomatoes
  • 6 ounces shishito peppers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  •  cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 1 green plantain
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 2 green Cubanelle peppers, green frying peppers or 1 small green bell pepper, cut in rings
  • 10 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons dendê oil, or red palm oil, available online
  • 6 ounces cooked octopus tentacles, cut in thick slices, or raw squid in thin rings
  • 1 long red chile pepper, for garnish
  • ½ cup long grain rice, steamed
  •  Piri-piri or other hot sauce, for serving

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About Fugazza Con Queso, Argentinian Pizza

Fugazza con queso (from Genoese dialectfugassaItalianfocaccia), or simply Fugazza, is a common type of Argentinian pizza originating in Buenos Aires that consists of a thick pizza crust topped with onions, cheese, and sometimes olives. It is derived from a combination of Neapolitan pizza with Italian focaccia bread. 

Fugazza and its variations are believed to have been invented by a Genovese-Argentine pizza maker named Juan Banchero sometime between 1893 and 1932, who served it out of a pizza shop bearing his name. Banchero’s pizza shop continues to sell Fugazza to this day in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca, which historically served as a home to Genovese immigrants to Argentina.

Why Jennifer Lopez & Shakira Opted to Headline 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Colin Kaepernick has his stand while Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have theirs.   Despite major celebs such as Rihanna continuing to refuse to participate in the halftime show in solidarity/support of Kaepernick’s position of taking a knee.  The former NFL quarterback protested because of recent wrong doings to African Americans and minorities…” 

In an interview with GQ magazine Jenny from the block explains her position on doing the biggest primetime television event of the year:

I feel like it is an amazing platform and one of the biggest in the whole world to put out whatever message that you want to put out there. Whatever message of love I think it is taking a chance to do it. I feel that it is a great thing to have 2 Latina women headlining the Super Bowl, in Miami and what we could do with those 12 to 14 minutes to make people…

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The Culture of A Bit of Tajin Added to Food and Drink

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Article from Loco Gringo– Tajin is known for its lime, chile and salt combination; a popular flavor found in Mexico. This shakable condiment is put on fruit, rimmed on a beer glass, and added to plates of raw local vegetables. tajin-low-sodium-fruit-and-snack-seasoning-clasico-25

Fruits that go well with a little sprinkle of Tajin are mangoes, pineapples, oranges, and coconuts. Vegetables that are that much better with tajin are jicama, chayote, cucumber, and celery. If you want to spice up your local beer, add a sprinkle of Tajin to your beer mug, or do like the locals do, rim your beer mug with tajin, like you would a rim a Bloody Mary or Margarita with salt, or a Bloody Ceasar with celery salt.  READ MORE

Netflix Wine Country Cast Samples Wines of the World, We Tell You What to Pair With It.

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Check out Wine Country on Netflix and/or check out these wine and tell us what you think when you have your gathering among friends.  Click Here for a Review of Wine Country by Two Guys in the Dark.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada’s Okanagan Valley to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley.   – It best pairs with:

  • Blue Cheese Burgers, Lamb Tagine, Moussaka, grape, pizza and gouda

French Champagne – Champagne is sparkling wine. Many people use the term Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine but in some countries, it is illegal to label any product Champagne unless it both comes from the Champagne region and is produced under the rules of the appellation. – It best pairs with:

  • Fried Spring Rolls, crabcakes, sushi, strawberries, blackberries

Reisling – Germany .  Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked

Malbec from Argentina– Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France.

Cabernet Shirazz Blend Australia   READ MORE

Plum Wine – Japan-  Plum Wine or Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping fresh Japanese plum (ume) in shochu/white liquor and sugar. The sweet and sour flavors with fruity aroma is very appealing and you can make many kinds of drinks with it!   Foods which pair well with it are:

  • Korean ribs, glazed chicken, curried dishes and fried pork chops

 

 

Take a Bite of this: Mordida, Mordida!-

 

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A Mexican tradition of “La mordida,” is when the birthday girl or boy’s hands are tied behind their back and their face is shoved into the cake for them to take the first bite, whilst everyone around them shouts “Mordida! Mordida! Mordida!” Note that Mexican cakes, typically tres leches, are pretty creamy. “Mordida” is the Spanish word for a bribe, but this colloquial term is widely used in birthday celebrations with the connotation, “taking a bite”.  READ MORE

 

Popular Instruments of the Dominican Republic

Music is the colorful backdrop of the Dominican Republic.  There are few favorite instruments there:

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The Tambora

The Güira is a metal scraper from the Dominican Republic used as a percussion instrument in merengue and, to a lesser extent, other genres such as bachata. 

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Watch tutorial on how to play it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KxIDwcmWY0

Downtown Los Angeles: 5th Annual Taste of Mexico

Photo by Multi Cultural Cooking Network (Crystal Johnson)

The Taste of Mexico’s signature event takes place under the stars with extensive food tastings, tequila tent, mezcaleria installation by Mezcal Legendario Domingo making its U.S. debut, Ilegal Mezcal, Mezcal Los Javis, Mezcal El Silencio, michelada beer garden by Victoria Beer and Guelaguetza’s Miche Mobil, and live entertainment by A Poco No!, Jarocho Group Tenocelomeh and Metralleta de Oro DJ Collective.

New Highlights from this year’s Taste of Mexico will include: Pettycash, Guerrilla Tacos, Colonia Publica, Corazón y Miel’s Bar extraordinaire Robin Chopra, Aqui es Texcoco, Taco Libre, Chichen Itzá, Día de Los Puercos Food Truck, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen and Cocina Condesa (full restaurant lineup below).

Regional food from LA favorites Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Mexicano, Frida, Frida Tacos, Lotería Grill, Torta Co., Mexicali Taco & Co., Casa Oaxaca, Tortas Bravas, Candela Taco Bar, Yuca’s, Tacos Punta Cabras, Mercado, Yxta and more…

Mariscos from Ceviche Project, Coni’Seafood, El Coraloense, Pez Cantina and Mariscos El Faro Food Truck.

Sweet Additions include La Monarca Bakery, Artesana Ice Pops, Mr. Churro, Frijolitos Mobile Coffee Cart and freshly spun cotton candy made with tamarind, mango and chocolate flavors by Love Swirls Cotton Candy. A complete list of this year’s participants can be found on The Taste of Mexico Association’s website.

Photo by Multiculturalcookingnetwork (Crystal Johnson)

New to the Event is The Taste of Mexico MERCADO, a one day market showcasing Los Angeles’ finest local products, artisanal edibles, home goods and apparel. Confirmed vendors include: Mala by Patty Rodriguez, Lil’ Libros,  LA Libreria and more…

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

La Plaza De Las Culturas y Artes

501 N. Main st.  Downtown, Los Angeles

VIP HOUR : 6:00 – 7:00 pm

GENERAL ADMIN:  7:00 – 11:00 PM

Cuban Influence on Miami

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written by Catrina Sally

The influx of Miami’s Cuban population began in the 1950’s. Following the rise of Fidel Castro, many Cuban refugees fled to Florida. Over 150,000 Immigrants travelled by plane and by boat to Miami. Welcomed into the city with opened arms, the refugees morphed Miami into “Little Havana.”

The cultural effect of the Cuban population is readily visible in Miami.  The people of Cuba have influenced the clothing, music, architecture, and food of the Florida city.  You can see, hear, and taste their influence in everything from the funky salsa music to the mint and rum laden Mojito.

Like most cultures, food is an important aspect of the Cuban Community. Cuban food is characterized by its heavy use of rice. Popular dishes include arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), pan con bistec (steak sandwich), platanos maduros (sweet plantains), and lechon asado (pork).

Watch People Try Cuban Food For the First Time:

Check out some the Cuban Recipes we have hear at MCCN

https://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/category/latino-foodcomida/cuban/

Or Visit

Visit http://icuban.com/

Recipe for Rosca de Reyes(King Cake Recipe)

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This bready, donut-shaped cake is decorated with dried fruits and spiked with a non-edible representation of the baby Jesus. Rosca de reyes is traditionally eaten on January 6 to commemorate the biblical story of the arrival of the Three Kings(Also known as the Epiphany) Finding the baby Jesus in your slice of cake is an honor –  See Recipe from the Latinkitchen.com

http://thelatinkitchen.com/recipe/rosca-de-reyes-kings-cake