Saturday, March 20, 2010

Craisins in Niterói



My friend Craig was not able to visit us this year, but he sent a terrific care package that included a HUGE bag of Ocean Spray Craisins. These are foreign objects here. There are no cranberries in Brazil – except for the ridiculously expensive R$15 per half liter juice boxes of imported cranberry juice (from concentrate).


Craisins – remember those? I’ve been having a lot of fun incorporating them into recipes. My now-famous Panatone bread recipe is inclusive of craisins. And today I made a batch of oatmeal craisin cookies. Mmmmmm.


Have a look.

8 comments:

TexasHeather said...

oooh, yum! And, I'm insanely jealous of the poster sized photo of (what appears to be) Iguacu in the background -- gorgeous! Did you buy it, or are you the photographer??

Enjoy your craisins!

Jim said...

I wish I were as talented as you to take such a photo... The foz image is indeed a scroll photo we bought many years ago when we visited the park.

It hung in my office in San Francisco for several years, then came with us to Niterói.

It is a view from the Brazilian side of "garganta do diablo" 'the devil's throat'.

If you have not visited -- it is AMAZING, especially on the Agentinian side of the falls.

TexasHeather said...

Whew, I am slightly less jealous now : ) I don't think I could capture a photo that amazing, either.

We have not visited yet. It's on The List. Once Brazil works out my son's paperwork so he can exit and re-enter the country, we'll go; I want to see it from both sides.

Luckily, we just found out we'll be here indefinitely, so we have time now for all our travels : )

Linds said...

R$15 for cranberry juice is crazy! but you're lucky, I couldn't find it for less than R$22!

Mallory Elise said...

good god. where did you get a kitchenaid mixer! it weighs exactly 25 pounds, half the weight of a suitcase...

Jim said...

Linds - our friends know when they visit to bring cranberry juice for some deliciously refreshing Cape Cod cocktails! Locally, I've moved on and will never pay for the juice at such prices.

Mallory - glad you are here. We brought the KitchenAid and all our pots and pans, bread machine, food processer, knives, flatware, serving bowls/trays, cutting board, coffee machine, toaster oven -- the WORKS for the kitchen, when we shipped about 1/4 of a container of personal belongings (including our matress and some prized furniture). Since Luiz was moving 'home' there was no duty fee on any of it. And as you know - the quality here simply does not exist, unless you have a fortune to spend.

DRL said...

I also tend to stock up on craisins. Ever made banana bread with them? It's awesome.

Jim said...

DLR - sounds delicious. Tonight I am making simple banana chocolate muffins. Hmmmm.