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Eating While Poor in Brazil


I include a food tasting as part of an African Diaspora and Food History course I teach that the students love. Oasis Restaurant in Medford, Mass catered it. Boston as a large Brazilian diaspora and this place does it right. The students, many for the first time, had fried plantains, sauteed collard greens, fried yucca, fresh orange slices, passion fruit custard for dessert, rice, and traditional and vegetarian feijoada. Enslaved Africans created feijoada from well seasoned black beans and meat scraps served with rice and other sides as pictured above. Speaking of its historic popularity in Brazil, one traveler wrote in the mid 19th century that “no house [was] so rich as to exclude” it from their table. 

Complete Step by Step Feijoada Recipe on Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGhqEmAa3qM

Traditional Feijoada Recipe
http://www.maria-brazil.org/feijoada.htm

Vegan Feijoada Recipe
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/10331?section=19

Eating While Poor Series with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Eating+While+Poor

Brazilian Foodways with Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Brazilian+Foodways

Will Allen and Growing Power

Eating While Poor at Syracuse University