Brazilian · Drinks · Snacks

kid empowering açaí smoothie

Even if kids don’t like to eat something or think they don’t like to eat it, chances are they will like to prepare it – even more so if that means one-on-one time with parents or a special adult, or cooking with their peers. Since I started offering classes, I invited my own older kids… Continue reading kid empowering açaí smoothie


Brazilian · Sem categoria

Together We Cook begins + Tapioca

It is Saturday night and I can’t wait for the “Mother’s Day hunt” that Julia has spent hours preparing – and almost revealing – to surprise me in the morning: “Mom, don’t look behind me in this corner, if you see a jar with a red lid around here, don’t look!”. That is one sweet girl. I’ve been… Continue reading Together We Cook begins + Tapioca


baião-de-dois (rice and black-eyed peas)

This week we’ll pay our annual visit to the tidal basin in D.C. to see the cherry blossoms in full peak, or whatever survived of them after the late season snow fall. It is the local official “welcome spring!” tradition that is much anticipated and it is also my favorite time of the year in D.C.… Continue reading baião-de-dois (rice and black-eyed peas)

Brazilian · Juices · Parties

a cooking class birthday party + Brazilian limeade (limonada suiça)

Despite my efforts to freeze time, Julia turned 6 this past weekend and we celebrated with a cooking lesson taught by my friend Eryn and me. I totally had a personal motivation, since Eryn and I have been brainstorming about teaching cooking classes to children and new moms for several months now and we were dying to finally have a trial class. Julia does love… Continue reading a cooking class birthday party + Brazilian limeade (limonada suiça)

Brazilian · Dessert · Sem categoria

palha italiana (Brazilian chocolate fudge and broken tea cookies squares)

  According to the Brazilian magazine VIP, 500,000 was the number of Brazilians who watched last year’s Super Bowl. In a country that breathes futebol, those numbers are huge. My interest in football and the Super Bowl continues to be limited to gathering with friends with comfort/party food and beer, watching the best commercials and seeing the most attractive couple on the planet (Tom… Continue reading palha italiana (Brazilian chocolate fudge and broken tea cookies squares)

Brazilian · Brunch

hearts of palm pie @ Escola Wilma Kövesi de Cozinha

  When we think about kids in the kitchen we often think about baking cookies or cupcakes, but preparing meals together can be just as much fun and entertaining for kids of all ages. Kids are naturally curious about cooking and they are more willing to try foods that they help prepare, or vegetables that they choose at… Continue reading hearts of palm pie @ Escola Wilma Kövesi de Cozinha

Appetizers · Brazilian · Snacks

pão de queijo to ring in the new year

On a personal level, my highlight for 2016 was successfully nurturing a tiny fragile human being into a happy and healthy little toddler. Her big siblings are doing alright, too, and Romas is still (hopefully happily) married to me, so all is great. Bring it on, 2017 (I mean adventures, not more babies). From a foodie perspective,… Continue reading pão de queijo to ring in the new year

Brazilian · Dessert · Sem categoria · Snacks

rabanada: a brazilian christmas tradition

It’s been a while. I’ve been mostly eating away during this vacation in Brazil, but I also found a couple of opportunities to cook with relatives in a leisurely way – a rare case when you have little people around. It is Christmas time and it still does not feel like it. Maybe after 10… Continue reading rabanada: a brazilian christmas tradition

Brazilian · Dessert · Sem categoria

butternut squash and coconut compote (doce de abóbora com coco)

The two cute pumpkins on the left may be laughing, but they don’t know what awaits them. They served their purpose well: they were carved by the children themselves this year for the very first time! I am impressed. It gave the kids hours of entertainment and a break for us. I still got to carve Cecilia’s pumpkin… Continue reading butternut squash and coconut compote (doce de abóbora com coco)