Welcome to week 1 of my 2017 Food Resolution challenge. Which is to explore all the flavors around the world in 1 year while improving cooking techniques.

This week I drew Brazil as my country & Flambé for the cooking technique.

Thanks to all of you, I have been inspired to create some delicious foods! You gave me ideas like seafood, feijoada, caipirinha, coconut-based dishes & the list goes on!!!

Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal MarketBrazil is a country filled with immigrants. Did you know it has the largest population of Japanese immigrants in the world? That’s why sushi is beyond phenomenal there. They also have Arabs, Europeans & East Asians.

Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro

I visited both Rio De Janeiro & Sao Paulo in 2013 as part of a course with Insper University on how to do Business in Brazil. Guys – I practically ate my face off. BY the end of my 10-day visit I had gained a minimum of 4 incredible kilos. Needless to say it took ages to get rid of all that food love.

Brazilian Food

I realized that Brazilians LOVE fried food, especially with all those random food stalls & festivals they had. I also loved drinking coconut in the park, that still wasn’t a “thing” in Dubai back then. That was also the first time I ever heard of or tried Açai! So much good food, with such little time & stomach space to consume it all.

Bolinho de CamæoIn case you’re wondering what Flambé-ing is: It’s the process of cooking off alcohol by lighting it up. That helps cooking off the alcohol while adding a new dimension of flavor to the dish.

In this dish I simply cooked down the non-alcoholic wine – BUT I PROMISE! that I will light it up for the next dish or drink! It is part of the rules after all.

Alright I’m ready to take on this challenge in

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Print Recipe
Squid Galindaha Yum
Traditionally Galindaha is a chicken rice dish. I like switching things up! Here's my version with squid. Simple cooking - impactful flavor.
Squid Galindaha
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Latin American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Latin American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Squid Galindaha
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium-high heat pot, sauté onions & garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add rice, tomato paste & turmeric and cook off for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook for another few minutes.
  4. Add alcohol-free white wine. Let it cook off for 5 minutes till almost dry (this is the flambé).
  5. Add tomato, saffron, cardamom, peas, pepper, vegetable stock. Cook for 10 minutes semi-covered. Gently stir occasionally to avoid the rice from sticking to the bottom.
  6. Add squid, red bell pepper & chopped parsley & coriander. Cook semi-covered for another 10 minutes.
  7. Squeeze lime & adjust seasoning.
Recipe Notes

Let me know what you this of this recipe!! Leave your comments below!

Much love,

Najoud

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Hi! I'm Najoud

A Saudi national with Syrian & Palestinian origins. I’ve spent my life continuously moving countries exploring new cultures, new flavors, & new perspectives on life. Here's my story

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