This past month, Foodbuzz announced that they were looking for Thanksgiving dinner proposals for their monthly 24x24 event. I knew I had to send a proposal in for a chance to share with everyone my family's unique Thanksgiving dinner celebration. After submitting my proposal, I received an email from Foodbuzz stating that they'd not only accepted my proposal, but would provide me with some cash to cover my expenses!
My family came to the US nearly eighteen years ago. Throughout these years, we have truly made this country our homeland. Our lifestyle is completely blended and so are our holiday celebrations. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday we celebrate in Brazil. After our first couple of years living in the US, we came to adopt this traditionally American celebration as our own. Thanksgiving took on a whole new light in my family.
We are a pretty blended bunch, which always makes Thanksgiving Day and other holidays extra special. Both of my parents were born and raised in Salvador, a city in northeastern Brazil. They were both over thirty when they migrated to the US. I was born in Salvador, but considered myself raised in Seattle. I came to the US at the age of six. Although I do remember my early years in Salvador, I think I did more of my growing up and developing here in Seattle. My little brother, Tony, was conceived in Salvador and born in Seattle. He is a natural born citizen of the US, but has pure Brazilian blood running through his veins. This Thanksgiving, as always, we were joined by Brazilian-born and American-born guests. Some bilingual, while others only speak their native language.
This year, we went for a tropical table setting, complete with a tropical fruit and vegetable sculpture centerpiece- thanks Dad! After a snowstorm that burst into town, this was perfect to take our minds off of the frigid cold we endured the past couple of days!
Our diverse menu featured some Thanksgiving classics with a Brazilian flair. Beginning with a bruschetta inspired by Brazilian flavors including, hearts of palm and cilantro, all the way down to the traditional after meal cafezinho (Brazilian coffee), this meal couldn't have been more perfect!
When you have two nations of people who fall in love with each other, such as my family and friends, you don’t wish to take away from them their traditions. The purpose is to share in their joy. You begin to appreciate them and all the special and unique things they have to offer. As a family, you blend and, naturally, the focus comes off the holiday and right where it belongs – the family.
Bruschetta de Vinagrete
Toasted French bread, hearts of palm, tomato, cilantro, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
Peru Asado Estufado com Farofa
Onion, garlic, and cumin roasted turkey with a farofa (manioc flour sautéed with onion, butter and bacon) stuffing
Arroz de Coco
Coconut scented jasmine rice
Slow cooked black beans with smoked pork, beef and sausage
Couve à Mineira
Thinly sliced collard greens sautéed with shallots, garlic, bacon and butter
Batata Doce com Calda de Maracujá
Passion fruit glazed yams with a hint of cinnamon
Salsa Apimentada de Airela
Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Pudim de Abobora com Crosta de Nozes
Pumpkin Flan with Walnut Crust
Caipirinha de Romã
100% Brazlian Coffee