Jenius Social World Cup Best of Brazil cookery masterclass

I went to Jenius Social to experience one of their cooking classes. The one I went to was on Brazilian street food, very apt with the World Cup etc. Led by head chef Malcom, the classes are relaxed and suitable for all cooking abilities. Ours kicked off with a demonstration of the recipes by Malcom. It was really good to see how the food should look and also to pick up some helpful hint, such as not overstuffing the coxinhas (chicken fried croquettes).

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We then moved on to the fun part, trying to recreate the dishes ourselves. Luckily, Malcom was on hand to jog our memories and help with any of the tricky parts.

We started with the aforementioned chicken coxinhas, spicy chicken encased in thin dough, rolled in egg breadcrumbs and deep fried. Malcom told us in Brazil they make them with a pointed end so they resemble a chicken drumstick.

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We also made a dipping sauce by mixing equal quantities of the malagueta marinade and mayonnaise together.

Next empanadas, like a Brazilian pasty, the filling had three cheeses and even the dough had cream cheese incorporated into it. Brazil’s motto seems to be when in doubt add cream cheese. This is a manifesto I can get behind! However, we did bake our empanadas rather than fry them so they were practically a healthfood!

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Then the skewers, one prawn and pineapple the other malagueta chicken. If things on sticks with pineapple remind you irresistibly of the seventies, I urge you to try it. Grilling pineapple caramalises all the natural sugars and it goes great with spicy meats.

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Last but not least, we made a quinoa salad. I have always thought of quinoa as the most boring grain but when covered with a tangy dressing and filled with yummy things such as mango, avocado and spring onions it turns out I love the stuff. This was my favourite dish of the evening and if you had told me that at the beginning of the class I would have laughed in your face.  We rounded out our feast with cassava fries dusted with paprika and caipirinhas.

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After the cooking, we all sat down to enjoy our meal together. I loved my evening cooking, I got to meet new people and learn some great recipes but it never felt like slaving over a hot stove. I could see myself getting together a group of friends and booking a class as a different activity for us to do other than seeing a movie or going bowling. Plus, you get to feel proud of all the delicious food you’ve created!

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Twitter: @jeniussocial

Link to book their Brazilian inspired cookery masterclass on the 3rd or 10th July, 2014:



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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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