Caldo de Sururu / Sururu (mollusk) Soup
- 1 kg of big sururus
- 1 onion cutted in small pieces
- 1 tomatoes sliced in small pieces
- 1/2 chilli sliced in small pieces
- 1 coriander packet well sliced
- 1 spoon of dendê oil (specific palm)
- 200ml of coconut milk
- 1 spoon of extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 potatoes
- Salt as you wish
- Cook the potatoes with a little salt
- Put the potatoes in the blender with a little portion of water and blend it
- In a big pan, put the sliced tomato, onion and half chilli, coriander and the sururu, let it boil slowly and mixed with a spoon so it doesn’t stick in the bottom of the pan.
- Within 3 minutes, add the coconut milk, mixed it for another minute and add the blended potatoes
- Put a spoon of the dendê oil, mixed a little and put the olive oil.
- Add the salt little by little
If you don’t want it too thick, put some water.
Serve it with hot pepper and lemon to your guests
Family and Food are sacred. That is an universal truth. Everywhere in the world, people gather to break bread and rejoice.
But there is something magical when a family comes together to cook and eat. And there is even more magic when we are in Bahia.
All the fresh, organic, colorful, smellful, beautiful foods you find there. The cooking mix and big set of grains, seafood, riverfood, meat raised in the backyard, fruits -a whole lot of fruits. Put that with a mixed race of dutch, africans, native indians, Portuguese and more.
Even when I was a child and went there, I loved the abundance of fruits and juices, the smell of fried banana in the morning (did you knew there are over a thousand kind of different bananas?) The best one to be fried and poured with sugar and cinnamon is “Banana-da-terra”. 😉
Bahia was one of the greatest sugar cane producers when Brazil was still a Portuguese colony. And from sugar cane you get brown sugar, right? There is a dessert in Bahia called “Rapadura”, it is compacted cane extract (a stage before the brownsugar) and it is awesome! Manioc pancakes called “tapioca”, that you can fill with guava jelly, the juices and the fruits – passion fruit, wild passion fruit, pinaple, mangos, avocados, cashews, acerola, oranges, tangerines etc etc etc…
Also made from sugarcane we have a brandy made from it, the drink that most represents Brazil, cachaça (ká-shá-sa). It is strong, you can drink a little portion before meals or make the famous caipirinha.
I could go on and on. There foods in Brazilian Northeast region that are even hard for us, from Southeast or South to pronounce it, vatapá, sarapatéu, caruru. If you are traveling to those places, you have to try it.
But I really love going to Bahia to eat two things: the Caldo de Sururu and the fried banana.
And when I made the proposal, I hoped that me and Nathalia start a new branch of the family and will always be gathering everyone with joy, warmth, happiness and food abundance. That is happiness!