Sunday, 18 December 2011
Secret Santa, Brazilian (Portuguese) style
At the Drapers Christmas lunch last week, we exchanged our Secret Santa gifts and my present was a Brazilian food feast. Well, actually, as the note inside said, it was really a selection of goodies from my "great, great grandmother country, a nation of salt cod and crying footballers - Portugal".
My colleague, whose Secret Santa identity I guessed straight away, was making a reference to Portugal's colonization of Brazil in 1500. Brazil is the only country in South America whose official language is Portuguese. But enough of the history lesson - you can Google all that.
Among the goodies Steve gave me were paçoquinha (a peanut butter-like sweet), bolo de mel (a heavy, honey-based cake) and two patés, one of sardines and the other of tuna. He bought the presents at a lovely Portuguese deli called Ferreira on Delancey St in Camden. It's full of local produce, with a few Brazilian treats, too. Check it out and tell me what you think.