Rio de Janeiro: the cookbook, 208pp.
by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
Kyle Books, London, 2013
Cooking on page 132
What a fun book. I’m sure I would have bought this if it had been on the bookshelves in Rio when I was there in late 2012 and again in mid-2013.
But I never saw this book anywhere in Brazil, so I was pleased to be able to check it out from the local library this week. The recipes look good and authentic, and the locality photos are fantastic and bring back lots of memories. I might have to own this book for myself. I promise not to steal it from the library.
Leticia Schwartz has divided it into 12 chapters that cover recipes and views of different regions of Rio and its surrounds. I love the cover, which reflects the colourful mosaics at the Lapa Steps that I wrote about in my travel blog.
Today I’m cooking on page 132 because page 32 is a tribute to farmers’ markets in general and, especially, the one in Ipanema.
This recipe is in the chapter on Barra da Tijuca. The Barra is a poor neighbourhood that is being transformed in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics. Their food doesn’t need any transformation.
Red berry fruit juice (Suco de frutas vermelhas)
60g blueberries, cherries or blackberries
3 tablespoons sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for about 3 minutes until very smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.
How it played out
Made this with strawberries and raspberries that I bought, and blackberries that Poor John and I picked. Most of the blackberry bushes near us have been sprayed (poisoned) so I’m reluctant to tell you where we found these tasty specimens. If you drop by next blackberry season, we’ll take you there to help us pick more.
We don’t have huge sweet-tooths, so I cut the sugar back to 1 1/2 tablespoons (more than enough). Poured into three small glasses. I drank one straight and Poor John mixed the other two with soda water for his own long fruit drink.
Delicious, easy-to-make and a great source of vitamin C. Don’t expect the processing to give you a completely smooth result unless you strain the puréed fruit. Personally, I like getting the extra fibre.