I saw about Jamie Oliver’s new “Brasilian” Youtube channel, where he shares “Brasilian” recipes, yes, the name is misspelled on Youtube. Brazil is spelled with an s in Portuguese, not in English and the channel description is in English.
I have many issues with the dish shared called Moqueca, which is a typical dish from my home state Bahia. (Note that he spells it with an “o” and I use a “u”; people from Southern Brazil use the “o” and people from Northern Brasil use the “u”.)
He introduces a Brazilian cook who speaks Portuguese throughout the video, but brings little true Bahian insights to the original recipe! So I was extremely upset to see that and our precious recipe shared with the wrong ingredients, wrong preparation and a huge mistake!
So here are the differences:
We don’t add sweet peppers to the recipe, I actually don’t like the idea of adding sweet peppers to it at all! We add the coconut milk, which is only to accentuate the flavor. Our recipe has dende oil which basically makes the muqueca, a muqueca, also missing in their recipe.
What they’ve made is a different version of what we call ensopado or mariscada, which is the stew version, without dende oil.
Well, not sure if they saw my comment, but I need to share this with you! Being Brazilian and having grown up eating muqueca, what they did is not an accurate representation of our dish!
Curious about the real recipe? Here it is:
Shrimp Muqueca (but you can make with fish and clams or scalops like in the video)
2 pounds of shrimp, de-veined and head off
Salt and pepper to taste
1 TSP of olive oil
1 large onion sliced or diced
1 garlic clove
1 large tomato sliced or diced
1 can or bottle of coconut milk
2 Tbps of dende oil
Cilantro to garnish
Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil, add tomato and shrimp and coconut milk, cooking it for apron 15minutes, add dende oil and boil for 5 minutes, garnish it with chopped cilantro.
If you would like the version without dende oil, the ensopado, click here
That being said, I think it’s a great initiative, but he needs to do a little more research, when bringing traditional dishes to his new channel! In case you are curious, here is the video:
Just in case you are wondering, Muqueca and Moqueca are both acceptable! Yes! Please let us know what you think! Give us a Trendy Shout!