Do you know why they celebrate carnaval? Lent is coming - a time for abstaining and repenting before Easter. So hurry and get all your sinning and craziness in now!
I remember a few things about carnaval. Men dressed like women, dancing in the streets, mostly.
This is carnaval in Natal. I lived there for a while and loved it.
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This is in Recife, a place I also lived. I remember the big chicken!
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Is she not the cutest thing?
So, if your husband, brother, sister, parents or even yourself went to Brazil and you want to surprise them with a fun and simple recipe to bring them saudades (make them miss it), here is one for you.
Supresa De Uva (Grape Surprise!)
grapes (about 20)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon butter
about 1/4 cup sugar
Pour sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan with butter. You can add a few drops of food coloring, if you want. Damiana likes it white, so I took her advice. I like it white, too! Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until it is think and doesn't stick to the pan any longer. It took me about 12 minutes. I know this sounds odd, but you will know when it's time. It just literally feels more like peanut butter all of a sudden.
|see how thick it is?|
Plop (isn't that a great word?) it on a plate with granulated sugar on it. This will keep it from sticking to the plate. Let it cool.
Take a small amount in your fingers and flatten it. Put the grape on it and roll it in your hands, making a ball.
Roll it in a little more sugar for a pretty texture. That's it! These are so delicious! I broke my no-sugar rule for a minute and was so glad I did!