A little taste of Brazil!

If you are having friends over to watch the World Cup, then how about serving a tasty Brazilian paella.  We stock paella pans in lots of different sizes, carbon and non stick.  Prices start from £8.00 (available in store).



1 pound of chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces

1 pound chorizo or linguiza sausage, cut into pieces

1/2 cup olive oil

1 medium white onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups medium grain rice

1 teaspoon saffron threads

1 pound cleaned shrimp

3 1/2 cups chicken stock (or water in a pinch)

12 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1/2 pound fresh mussels

1/2 pound little neck clams

1/2 pound of fresh or frozen peas

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley



1. In a large paella pan, or two large skillets, fry chicken and chorizo until browned. Add onion and garlic.

2. Add dried rice to the pan and cook until rice becomes slightly browned.

3. Add stock and tomatoes (not drained) in and stir in saffron. Cover and cook over low heat until the liquid is absorbed (20-30 minutes).

4. Stir in peas and parsley. Top with raw seafood and allow dish to keep cooking covered until the seafood is cooked. The shellfish will open up and the fillets will become flaky white all the way through.

5. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.



All that cheering (or rather shouting at the referee) is thirsty work!  Here is a recipe for Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça  (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and big juicy limes.  Cocktail shakers start from just £17.99.


1½ limes, chopped into wedges
3 tsp white granulated sugar
65ml/2½ floz Cachaca (available from most supermarkets)
large handful ice cubes or crushed ice



1. Place the lime wedges and sugar into a cocktail mixer and using a muddle, squeeze and crush the limes and sugar into a paste.

2. Add the cachaca and then the ice, cover and shake till well mixed.

3. Pour into a glass and enjoy...with or without the football!





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