Brazil & Japan

Biquinidecroche Blog Festival do Japao

 

Living in Brazil the past 3 years has made me understand that this country is vast & is much more multicultural than you would think. Growing up on the otherside of the world in little old England, when we think of Brazil & we think Amazon, native tribes, they speak Spanish, carnival & samba! Ooo I was so wrong. Brazil is so much more. [...]

Crochet Bikinis & A Trip to the Zoo

Crochet Lace Bikini Valentina Biquinidecroche

This week I released two new bikini models! Below is the gorgeous bohemian Valentina crochet bikini, perfect for this summer with a halter top bikini which can be worn on or off the beach. Team her a cute pair of short jeans or a flowing chiffon skirt and you are ready for a evening out or a wild weekend at Coachella music festival. [...]

Photoshoot & Cake

Well this weekend was a hive of activity here in Santos, as I was busy with the photoshoot for the next collection of bikinis from Biquini de Croche. Here is a sneek peek at what is coming over the next few weeks.

  Crochet Bikini Blossom Biquini de Croch         Crochet Lace Bikini Valentina Biquinidecroche

  Crochet Bikini Tara Biquini De Croche            

 

We decided to join the festivities of Festa Junina & threw our own party with the help of our wonderful neighbours. This was Festa Junina at another level for me, as I got the chance to really experience the local culture and traditions at first hand. Everyone arrived bring a traditional dish associated with the season. Including a delicious huge pan of 'Caldo Verde' and fresh bread, mulled wine, peanut brittle, popcorn and a table full of cakes. To help with the food I spent the week testing recipes of 'Bolo de Fubá or Sweetcorn cake. I am happy and proud to say that I seemed to have passed the brazilian approval as I recieved many compliments for my cake from my guests. So today I would like to share this super easy recipe made in a blender! And is a perfect accompaniment with fresh coffee.

 

Bolo de Fubá com Goiabada

Sweetcorn cake with Guava

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Ingredients                                                                                                       Equipment

  • 4 eggs (whites separated from yoke)                                                       Blender
  • 3 tb sp butter                                                                                             Measuring cup & Table spoon
  • 2 cups of sugar                                                                                          Sieve
  • 1 1/3 cup of milk                                                                                         Bundt Cake tin (although any will do)
  • 2 cups of flour                                                                                           
  • 1 cup of sweetcorn flour (this can be found in most Tesco stores in the world food section).
  • 1 cup of guava jelly in cubes
  • 2 tb sp of corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups of guava sauce
  • 2 tb sp baking powder
  • Butter to grease your cake tin

 Bolo de Fuba

Turn the oven on at 180º C and grease your cake tin.

To begin with sieve the flour and sweetcorn flour together in a bowl and put aside.

In your blender add the egg white and blend. Without turning the power off slowly add an egg yoke at a time then your butter and sugar. Continue with the power on as your alternate adding the milk and the sieved mixture of flour and sweetcorn flour until well mixed. Switch off and add the baking power mixing with a spoon then pour the nixture into your cake tin.

Coat the guava cubes in corn starch before gently placing them on top your your cake mixture to prevent them from dropping to the bottom of the tin. Put in the oven and cook for 30-35 mins unil slightly browned & a knife comes out clean.

Let the cake cool. Once cooled turn out of the cake tin and pour over the guava sauce.

Now get your coffee ready and enjoy.

 

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Festa Junina

Today it is a rainy day her in Santos, the season has definately changed as I can no longer walk barefoot around my home and sadly reach to the sock draw each morning. The coming of the cold also brings the celebration of Festo Junina. As a gringo in Brazil I had no idea about this festival, but in true Brazilian style it last a full month. People here love to celebrate & the longer they can make the celebration last, the better.

So Festo Juniho – June Festival is a celebration of 3 saints São Antonio (Saint Anthony), São João Batista (Saint John the Baptist) and São Pedro (Saint Peter). Every weekend there are various places celebrating in ‘rural country style’, the spaces are decorated with colourful bunting and traditional items associated with Brazilian country life. Many of the children arrive in ‘peasent clothing’ which to me is very similar to our summer uniform when I was at school. Gingham pinafore dress with matching bows to go in your hair, only this time they are in more garish colours & topped with what looks like a unfinished straw hat. People arrive at the festival to the welcoming sound of Brazilians country music – think American country music but with an Accordian. This one man band played along as we grabbed a table and decided what we were going to eat.

Fest Junina Decorations

There were many things on the menu which were very similar to what I would associate with a winter in England. There was Vinho Quente (Hot spiced wine - which is very similar to German Gluhwine), Caldo Verde (a traditional green soup which is made especially for this festival), Hot nuts which would be the equivalent of our Chestnuts, Chussasco (Brazilain BBQ) and sweet snakes of cakes, Popcorn and Pamonya. If you have ever been to Brazil you soon notice that there are many snacks with the main ingredient of sweetcorn. I can honestly say that the Brazilians have perfected the art of cooking sweetcorn, from sweet to savoury but this is for another post as I would love to share with you my new found delight of the humble sweetcorn through some fantastic Brazilian recipes.

caldo verde

Anyway back to the festival, so I decided to try something new and ordered a bowl of ‘Caldo Verde’. Filled with couve, potatoes (an English staple so this was gareented to be a winner with me) and Brazilian sausage Calabresa. Unexpectedly this soup soon warmed me up.

Festa Junina

We followed this by a plate of BBQ meats and sausage with a can of Garuná. If you come to Brazil you must try a can of Garuná, the Brazilian equivalent of Coke but soooo much better. Once we had polished this off me & Mr. S decided we could not leave without having a Pamonya.

Pamonya

Pamonyas are a beautiful sweetcorn dessert, which are wrapped like a gift in the leaves of the sweetcorn then steamed in a large pot. This is a truly delicious dessert which ended our time at the festival beautifully.

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Manchester in Spring

During March I took a trip back to my home town Manchester to see my friends & family. I love living in Brazil but Manchester will always be the best city in the world for me. Manchester is a wonderful city & if you every get the chance to visit England, it really is a must as there is so much to do, see, eat & enjoy. One of my favourite aspects of Manchester is the architecture. Manchester is a city mixed of old & new which both merge together in harmony. When I walk around my home city I always walk looking up, because you will open your eyes to a side of the city that can easily be missed.

 

Biquinidecroche Blog Manchester Town HallBiquinidecroche Blog Manchester Town Hall Square

 

 

 

 

 

  The beautiful Manchester Town Hall.

   Biquinidecroche Blog Manchester Craftsmanship       Biquinidecroche Blog Craved Stone

Beautiful stone craving made from skilled stone masons.

 

I believe the Manchester Town Hall to be one of the most beautiful building in the city, as it demonstartes the skilled workforce that this city was built upon. Nicknamed the Busy Bee (the symbol of Manchester) as during the Industial Revolution Manchester was a hive of activity with the cotton mills and the workers named the hardworking busy bees which drove the city forward to create a city which is now a best know as  a hive of musical pop culture.

 

 Biquinidecroche Blog Manchester

I hope you enjoyed this little post about my home city.

Biquinidecroche Blog Manchester Bee

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