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Food and Religion in 17th Brazil

Moqueca (fish stew), rice, and manioc meal, recipe below
As part of our series on food and religion, let's travel to South America today. In many parts of the Americas, religious culinary traditions have meant that people eat fish on Fridays. This had been the case in colonial Brazil which the Portuguese first controlled followed by a short period in which the Dutch invaded and held part of their holdings. the Between 1640 and 1649, the Dutch controlled Portugal’s African settlements and its most important sugar producing region in southern Brazil. Johan Nieuhoff worked for the Dutch East Indies and Dutch West Indies Companies spending nine years in Brazil. “The most universal food of the Brazilians,” is manioc or cassava meal, he writes in the 1640s. He adds they also feast upon seasoned crabs and craw-fish either boiled or roasted. “Small fish” they wrap and cook in banana leaves. 

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Food and Religion Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Food+and+Religion+

Fish Series with Related Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=For+Those+Who+Love+To+Fish+and+Eat+Fish+Part+

Bahian Crab Meat in a shell recipe: http://www.maria-brazil.org/casquinha_de_siri.htm

Moqueca Bahian fish stew recipe: http://events.nytimes.com/recipes/12100/1990/09/26/Moqueca-Bahian-fish-stew/recipe.html

PBS Documentary, Race in Brazil: [Watch 51 min 25 sec] http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/featured/black-in-latin-america-full-episode-brazil-a-racial-paradise/224/

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