Churrasco or barbecued meat reigns strong in Brazil, is served in generous portions, and can be eaten to celebrate almost any occasion. When savoured in a restaurant, barbecued pork, lamb, or even wild boar will likely be served on skewers. Hot clay pots of moqueca (fish stew with onions, tomatoes and coriander) are a firm favourite, as is feijoada (a filling stew comprised of sausages, pork and black beans). Farafo brings fried cassava flour to life with egg, bacon and all manner of extras, eaten with beans or rice. Fried savoury delights feature heavily in Brazil and include: acarajé, which is a patty of black-eyed peas and onions, deep-fried and stuffed with shrimps, bread, cashew nuts and other fillings; pastéis – crispy pastry parcels with melted cheese or beef inside; and mandioca frita – fried yucca sticks.
Desserts are just as divine, pleasing everyone from chocolate-lovers - with pavé (a cake layered with cookies and chocolate) and brigadeiro (condensed milk chocolate truffles) - to ice-cream fans, with créme de papaya (a papaya and vanilla ice-cream blend). Other delicious treats that are available all over Brazil are quindim (a yellow-coloured baked coconut dessert, containing eggs, sugar and often butter too), beijinho de coco (coconut truffles), and bolinho de chuva (fried dough balls covered in cinnamon and sugar). Tropical fruits such as açai berries, jabuticabas (similar to grapes), maracujá (passion fruit), guavas, caju apples, guaranas (very sweet berries), papayas, pineapples, carambola (star fruit) and cupuaçu (related to the cacoa fruit but tasting quite like a pear), find their way into desserts, sorbets, sauces and drinks.