One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque)

When we left Florianopolis it was raining again, but still when it rains it never get really cold – at least not as cold as in Denmark. We still try to wild camp as much as possible, but there is not that many places on www.ioverlander.com in Brazil. At the same time Brazil is a big country and the distances between places are big. On our way to Curitiba we decided to stop buy “Familia Pelo Mundo” in Brusque, since it was the only place on www.ioverlander.com if we didn’t wanted to sleep at a gas station next to the freeway. We didn’t have any contact information on the family, so we just drove by, and what a welcome.

Meet Jocemar, Adriana and their two children

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Within 5 minutes we were a part of the family, and were invited to join a BBQ for family and friends. We sat in the garden and enjoyed a cold beer, while Jocemar and Adriana were telling us about who they travel around the world for two years, when their 1 year old son, and a two year older daughter. They visited 65 countries and drove 145,045 kilometers: http://www.familiapelomundo.com/ 

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They also spend one day in Denmark, and Jocemar showed us their bookcase with memories/gifts from all over the world 

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The 1. dinner: BBQ with family and friends

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Meat, meat and more meat… The Brazilians are known for their quantity of meat

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As in Argentina and Chile it is served with bread, and they love their white bread, but also eat whole wheat bread. Also a few, but great sides of vegetables. In the right picture is a traditional Brazilian dish. In Brazil they grow bananas year around, is dish is fried bananas with cinnamon – we like it wlEmoticon-redheart_3 One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque). Everything here is eaten together with bread.

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Late in the evening Jocemar showed an hour long movie about how they had just launched a book on the 9th of May, and today was the 11th of May. After driving around the world in 2012-2014, they have spend the last 3 years writing a book, with 500 pictures from their trip. This is just amazing! Unfortunately for us the book is in Portuguese. We had a great evening, with everything we like good food and good friends. We really like the Brazilian way of BBQing, they just keep the meat coming. The gentleman in the right picture spoke German and had a bottle of “snaps” with him, which Esben had to taste. Esben comment “for being a snaps, it wasn’t all that bad”.

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It was time to go to bed

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The 2. dinner

One party leads to another one… so the next day we went to the house of the friend, journalist and writer of Jocemar, who have helped Jocemar with his book. More Brazilian food. In the left picture hearts of palm for a snack. The dinner: Mandioca (cassava) with bacon, potato salad with eggs, tomatoes, rice, picked beets and a kind of beef ribs. Again a lot of meat. The food was delicious.

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But it was not all about food, Jocemars friend is also into politics, and has written a book of how the tree southern states should be separated from the rest of Brazil as an independent country. Also learning about politics in Brazil, and why they are supporting an independent southern Brazil. Don’t worry I won’t go into details about it right now. 

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We were both full, and for dessert we had pinhão, that comes from the Araucaria tree

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For all the people who love nutritional knowledge like I do: The pinhão (it is a giant pine nut) is as fatty as other nuts. Nutritional data per 100 gram: 195 kcal, 42 g carbohydrates, 3,2 g protein, 1,4 g of fat (of which 1 gram is saturated and 0,4 grams is unsaturated). Is it known to be a good antioxidant, because it is rich in iron, phosphate and vitamin B1, B2, B5, C and A. The pinhão is very important in the cuisine of southern Brazil. We love it! We love to taste the local food. The easiest way to get pinhão is to stop in the side of the road and buy a bag with pinhão, that has already been cooked (they have to cook for at least one hour in boiling water). Yeah, the pine nut inside are big and very tasty.

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3. dinner with more meat – love the Brazilian food wlEmoticon-redheart_3 One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque)

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We also got to see their home production of beer…

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Esben getting a sample wlEmoticon-openmouthedsmile One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque) wlEmoticon-mug One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque) the beer was not quite ready, but we will give it a try. So Esben how was the beer after 18 days? Esben “it was a really good beer, flavorful with the right amount of bitterness” wlEmoticon-mug One stop turned into 3 family dinners (Brusque).

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Ohh… there is actually a 4. dinner “risengrød”

Usually we eat it for Christmas in Denmark, but we wanted to make something traditional Danish food for the family. Here is the recipe: (1) 300 ml of water and 225 ml rice, risotto rice, that is mix into a pot, boil and stir until the rice have soaked up all the water, (2) preheat 1 liter of milk in a microwave until it is hot, but not boiling (if you don’t have one, skip this), then (3) add the 1 liter of milk into the pot, we prefer low fat, but you can use full fat milk or a mix (4) add half a teaspoon of salt and keep stirring until it is boiling, be careful because if it burns you have to trough it out and start all over, (5) when it is boiling turn of the heat and put on the lit and quickly go to you bed, where you pack it in, in several layers to keep it as warm as possible, leave it in the bed for 60 minutes, (6) take the pot from the bed, and heat it up on the stove until the texture is creamy, add more salt if necessary. (7) eat with mixed cinnamon and sugar and a chunk of real butter in the middle. To make it more tropical we also tried adding shredded coconut, not bad, but we like it just the way it is with butter, cinnamon and sugar.

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After visiting the family we left with good memories, but also with some recommendations for the area. First our plan was to visit Blumenau on our way to Curitiba, but after the family’s recommendation, we drove to Pomerode, where 90 % of the population are German. On the way we explored the European Valley, check out the next post to see how that went.

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