Thursday, January 27, 2011


I decided to treat my parents to some Brazilian food while visiting Washington state. My friend Corinne (who many of you fellow expat bloggers know!) suggested that I make Moqueca. "What?" I sadly responded. Somehow I'd managed to live in Brazil for 10 months and not try Moqueca, a yummy type of fish stew with coconut milk, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, pepper and dende oil. I mentioned it to my husband, and he said, "oh yeah, that's what I ate when I spent the night on the Amazon..." I bought Dende Oil in BH, and then used this recipe and this one (the Baiana version) to create my Moqueca. I wish I could say this was my picture,

but I borrowed it from one of my favorite food blogs. If only my kids liked fish, I'd add this to my repertoire.


  1. glad everyone liked it! Luckily Kevin likes fish, so this is a go to dish for us.

  2. This is probably my FAVORITE Brazilian dish. Hands down. When it is nice and spicy it reminds me a bit of Thai food -- which I also love.

    If you have dende oil and coconut milk, the rest is easy. And if you can cook it in a clay pot - heaven.

    Good for you for sharing it with your family. Perfect choice.

  3. yikes, I have been here 20 months and never tried it.

  4. I haven't tried it yet either!

  5. one of my fav. brazilian foods, from Bahia and don't eat it in restaurants.... never good, find a friend from Salvador and have them cook it... or like this try make it yourself. I prefer to let someone else do it...