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Is Portugal in South America? Recipe and Grocery List November 3 to 9

I am a disgrace to the education system. My geography is disgusting. It’s OK, you don’t need to feel bad for me – I am aware of my strengths as well as my weaknesses, so I embrace this itty bitty inadequacy.

But when I say my geography is disgusting, I mean Shepard’s-Pie-for-a-week-straight disgusting. “Is Portugal in South America?” I asked at one dinner party. “Penguins and polar bears party together in Antarctica.” I told one student. “I’m pretty sure he’s not from South Europe – he’s from Italy.” I told another student.

So, this week’s South American theme is a bit of a lesson in geography and in cooking. What little experience I have tells me many South American recipes center around a sauce or a marinade, and use a lot of beef or pork. These meat choices therefore could be a bit of a gut shock for us Canadian chicken eaters. I have found that if you do want to stay away from red meat in a recipe, skip the meat altogether and opt for beans, rather than substituting chicken.

We’ll take a trip to Peru for some stuffed peppers and fresh veggies cooked up with chicken legs and fresh chorizo. Then we’ll bust out our Dutch Oven from last week for a beef stew from Argentina, and then freshen it up with coconut chicken and rice and beans from Brasil. And, for the pièce de resistance (sorry, I am Canadian and only took French in school – no clever Spanish phrases here) – a gorgeous, meaty platter of beans, chorizo and fried egg from Columbia.

And, yes, I had to use Wikipedia to find out which countries are in South America.

Meal Plan

Monday – Chicken and Rice with Fresh Chorizo (Peru)

Tuesday – Argentinian Beef Stew (Argentina)

Wednesday – Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce (Peru)

Thursday – Brasilian Coconut Chicken (Brasil)

Friday – Rocoto Relleno (Stuffed Red Peppers) (Peru)

Saturday – Charquican Stew (Chile)

Sunday – Bandeja Paisa (Columbia)

Grocery List

Nester’s Market

  • pork belly
  • ground beef
  • chicken thighs
  • spicy Italian sausage (fresh chorizo is not available this week)

East West Market

  • diced tomatoes
  • chicken leg
  • whole chicken
  • Feta cheese or queso fresco (Farmer’s Cheese)
  • stewed tomatoes
  • coconut milk
  • pinto beans
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • plantains
  • dried apricots

Kin’s Farm Market

  • red onion
  • garlic
  • sweet potatoes
  • green pepper
  • celery
  • red peppers
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • jalepeno
  • yellow onion
  • lime
  • white potatoes
  • red potatoes
  • squash
  • green beans
  • ginger
  • avocados
  • carrot

Tips for this Week:

  • Chicken and Rice with Fresh Chorizo: East West Market usually has the best fresh chorizo for a really reasonable price. The hot Italian sausages at Nester’s Market (never more than $5 for a pack) also do well in this recipe.
  • Argentinian Beef Stew: Dried apricots and beef may sound like an odd combo, but the taste is unique and delicious. You can also try fresh pears instead.
  • Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce: If you’re a wienie with the heat, choose an Anaheim pepper instead of a jalepeno for the green sauce.
  • Brasilian Coconut Chicken: Serve this one with black beans and rice. Cook 1 cup of rice with 1.5 cups coconut milk and 0.5cup of bean liquid with water and a bay leaf for great flavoured rice.
  • Rocoto Relleno (Stuffed Red Peppers):  If you can’t find queso fresco, you can try feta cheese. But just be sure to ignore your urge to skip the cheese – it makes this recipe.
  • Charquican Stew:  Add ground beef to this recipe to make it for your local carnivore.
  • Bandeja Paisa:  This is a pretty elaborate and meaty platter to make. I’m making only the beans, plantains, fried egg, hogao and serving it with fried pork belly. Pure gluttony.



2 comments on “Is Portugal in South America? Recipe and Grocery List November 3 to 9

  1. tarasdoingstuff
    November 3, 2014

    feel no shame with your geography. i used to think cambodia was an african country. i also had to look up macedonia because i didn’t even think it was a real country. there are a lot of countries. it’s hard sometimes to keep up. that’s my pitiful excuse.

  2. Ema Jones
    November 3, 2014

    Irresistible menu 😛

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