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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The beautiful Manchester Town Hall.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this little post about my home city.
Well the summer is officaly here and it time to let our feet free! One of my joys in life is walking barefoot on the beach, the direct contact with nature is something special and makes lifes stresses not seem so important. My free crochet pattern today is for some beautiful boho barefoot sandles, you will be able to experience ' a little sand between the toes, always takes away the woes'. You can make up a set of these in one evening then decorate them in your own style or make a collection to match your bikinis! Click to see pattern:
Hello and Happy New Year! Things have been very busy here at Biquini de Croche over the last month with the arrival of summer in Santos. The season has changed to glorious days of sunshine with afternoon summer rain, although this is more like monsoon rain as suddenly the sky turns black and the rain comes down in sheets. I must admit it is such a joy when the rain arrives as it helps cool you down in the high heat of 35+! The rain quickly passes and sunshine is restored once more to give you a beautiful sunset. This is one of the things I love about Brazil, you experience the powerful force of nature, unlike in Europe where seasons & weather change gradually that you don’t realize they are happening.
December was an exciting time for me as my bikinis were published in a new On-line magazine Revista TU
We shoot the photos on the next island Guarujá in November, on a beautiful little beached called Sao Pedro which faces out to open sea.
Our model was the gorgeous Brazilian/Japanese Paula Sato. She modelled a small collection of my crochet bikinis for the magazine as well as my new Kiara crochet Tunic.
The Giovanna bikini modelled in pink by Paula is one of the original designs which started Biquini de Croche in 2015. The Giovanna bikini is crocheted with a delicate lace like edging and finished off with natural wooden beads. This bikini is perfect for everyone as it is made in the classic style of triangle bikini top and cheeky bum bikini bottoms.
To compliment Paula’s skin tone I created the Tanya which is a mix of dancing blues and whites inspired by the waves as they froth up against the shore.
Paula looks absolutely stunning in the Aphrodite bikini which is named after the Greek goodness of beauty. Designed to hug and accentuate your curves, the top is made with adjustable cleavage hugger ties while the ruched bottoms will ensure you are bootylicious as Paula demonstrates beautifully. In the Magazine as she is labelled as ‘Tu Gata’ which is slag in Brazilian Portuguese meaning she is very sexy.
To compliment the Aphrodite bikini Paula is wearing my new hooded Kiara crochet tunic which is perfect for all year round. Use it as beach cover or wear a classic tank top underneath and team it will some jeans and heels and your ready for the evening.
I am very pleased with the article and very greatful to the team at Revista Tu for choosing my brand to use in this seasons magazine. Take a look here to see the rest of my collection and read interesting articles about Brazil including interviews with local celebs, reviews on travel, restaurants and up and coming places to see here in Santos.
P.S. I am working on the next free pattern which is a must have for summer!