SEASON 1 | EPISODE 3
Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble and in this podcast we talk about Brazilian culture and entertainment to help Brazilian students of English reach fluency in English and to spread our values and beliefs worldwide. Every episode is full of rich vocabulary for all levels of English also full of content related to a universe that, as we know, is enormous and interesting: I’m talking about Brazilian culture.
Yo, guys, what’s up? How are you doing today? I hope you guys are all right! Today’s topic is delicious and savoury. We’ll talk about Brazilian dishes1 and flavours, its colours and smells. So, tell me, do you like to cook? What is your favourite dish? Do you like going to restaurants and taste2 different kinds of food? Well, in this episode we’re gonna focus on the food we eat here in the south, of course. As you know, I live in Porto Alegre and here there are many different kinds of food. Many come from other countries and also from indigenous culture.
A typical plant we eat here in Rio Grande do Sul is cassava3 or manioc with which we prepare tapioca, and here we also eat it boiled4 or fried. Another food we tipically eat here in the South of Brazil is polenta. It is a thick porridge5 or mush made from cornmeal6, usually boiled. It is traditionally eaten in Italy and since lots of Italian Immigrants came to Rio Grande do Sul, we embraced the custom of eating it. Of course, I cannot forget to talk about our worldwide famous barbecue, or simply “Churrasco”. Our way to prepare it is unique and it has its origins in the customs of country people to gather around the fire to drink, talk and eat. Gauchos must know how to prepare the fireplace out of bricks or rocks, how to start a fire, how to season7 the meat with coarse salt8 and how to skewer9 the meat correctly. It is a must know. I must admit I’m not very good at it, but I can get by.
Here in Rio Grande do Sul we also eat lots of onions, potatoes, tomatoes, rice, beans and lentil. Our favourite dessert is sagu or sago pudding, which is made of wine and really small balls or pearls of cassava, and we also eat ambrosia, a kind of doce de leite made with curdled10 milk. There are also many grapevines in the Gaucho Highlands that produce a delicious wine that is sold across Brazil and it is also exported.
Hmmm, this whole conversation made me really hungry. I guess I’m gonna make me some grub11. I hope you have enjoyed this lesson! Tell me, How is the food where you live? Do you like it? What are the traditional dishes in your city or state? Let me know in the comments. Talk to you guys later, with more podcasts like this, Bye bye!
1 – dishes – pratos
2 – taste – saborear
3 – cassava – mandioca
4 – boiled – fervido
5 – porridge – mingau
6 – cornmeal – fubá
7 – season – temperar
8 – coarse salt – sal grosso
9 – skewer – espetar (a carne em um espeto)
10 – curdled – azedo
11 – grub – rango