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  • The six rules of barbecuing

    28 April, 2016 The six rules of barbecuing

    Even the best cooks can be stumped when it comes to cooking to perfection over coals. We ask Ben Tish to tell us the six most important rules of barbecuing so we can grill with confidence over the long weekend.
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  • Eat like an Italian

    20 July, 2015 Eat like an Italian

    If you’ve ever been on holiday to Italy, like us, you’ve probably eaten classic pizzas, pastas and risottos until you’re fit to burst. While sticking with what you know isn’t always a bad thing, delve a little deeper and you’ll find the true heart of the region; eating cotoletta in Milan, beans in Florence and artichokes in Campania will open up a whole new world of Italian cooking. We spoke to three Air B’n’B hosts about the food of their region, must-eats while you’re there, and asked about the best-kept secrets when it comes to eating out.
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  • Michelin Stars in Your Eyes

    06 July, 2015 Michelin Stars in Your Eyes

    With so many Michelin-starred chefs on the site, we challenged Cooked writer Imogen Corke to test her mettle on some of the trickier recipes. This week, she cooks Atul Kochhar’s cod in nilgiri korma gravy from his latest cookbook, Benares.
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May, 2015

  • Q&A with Rosie Birkett

    22 May, 2015 Q&A with Rosie Birkett

    We ask our authors ten questions about their life long love of food. This week, we speak to Rosie Birkett, author of A Lot on her Plate, about roast dinners, tuna tacos, and why you should never run your finger through hot caramel.
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  • The Lunchbox Edit: Spring Greens

    01 May, 2015 The Lunchbox Edit: Spring Greens

    Each week, we take some of our favourite recipes and give them a little tweak to make perfect packed lunches.
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This is Brasil

Eve O'Sullivan
02 August, 2016

From cheesy breakfast buns to slow-cooked black beans, we asked Cabana's Lizzy Barber to talk us through some quintessentially Brasilian dishes.

Pao de queijo

These puffy, mildly cheesy buns could be called the national snack of Brasil: they’re eaten for breakfast or a snack all over the country, and are particularly good with a super strong, super sweet coffee. The secret ingredient of these cheesy baked dough balls is cassava flour, ground from a rather ugly looking root vegetable which is at the heart of many Brasilian dishes, from farofa, a breadcrumb-like condiment which is used to give a crunch to dishes, or cassava fries, the Brasilian French fry. We serve ours with garlic butter for dipping, or, better yet, stuff them with shredded spicy chicken and deep fry for spicy malagueta chicken doughnuts.

Spicy malagueta chicken

Funnily enough, you won’t find Cabana’s hero dish on any menus in Brasil, and yet the essence of it is deeply Brasilian. Malagueta is a fiery Brasilian chilli, similar to the Portuguese piri-piri, and is found preserved in vinegar or cachaça in small bowls or bottles on every table in Brasil. When we first dreamed up Cabana we knew we wanted to create a dish using this sizzling chilli, and spent months creating our spicy malagueta sauce so it had just the right amount of sticky sweetness and chilli spice. It’s perfect for marinating chicken, as we do with this fantastic chicken dish, but we use the sauce with everything, from chips to ribs to prawns!

Black beans

The Batman to biro-biro rice’s Robin, black beans are a typical dish you’ll find all over Brasil, taken to the country with the Portuguese colonies. Dried beans are soaked overnight, then cooked low and slow with a mirepoix, stock, tomato puree and paprika. We serve these Rio beans as a side, and as the basis of feijoada, the famous Brasilian pork and black bean stew, or for something truly decadent our feijoada fries are Cabana’s take on dirty fries: sweet potato fries topped with feijoada and melted cheese. Messy, but super delicious!

Biro-biro rice

Like many South American countries, rice is a staple of Brasilian cuisine. We’ve had it in many different varieties, from coconut to broccoli, but the most ubiquitous is Biro-Biro, a dish of stir fried rice topped with crispy shallots. The dish is named after Antônio José da Silva Filho, who loved the dish so much they name it after him. It’s a favourite at Cabana with any of our freshly grilled skewers, but is particularly good with our chilli and cumin lamb.


No list of Brasilian recipes would be complete without the caiprinha: Brasil’s favourite cocktail. It’s made with cachaça, the Brasilian rum-like sugar cane spirit, lime, sugar and plenty of cracked ice. The classic version doesn’t stray from this, but it comes in myriad flavours both in Brasil and Cabana – just add fresh or pureed fruit to create your own version. At Cabana, we’ve also introduced the caipolé, hot off the beaches of Rio, a 'popsicle caripinha', which comes dunked with an ice lolly for stirring or slurping. Cheers!

Carnival! from the Cabana team is out now: the first definitive guide to throwing a Brasilian street party.

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