Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Happy Australia Day 2012! Brazilian style! :)

Beef, Pork and Cheddar Cheese, Aussie Meat Pie

Rodrigo’s Stuffed Eye Round

Frango con Quiabo e Angu ~ Chicken (cooked in Vinegar) with Ocra (and Green Chilli)

Claudio’s Páo de Queijo ~ Cheese Bread

Empadinhas de Camarao ~ Brazilian Prawn Empanadas

Amanda Areias from the fantastic blog ‘Give me Flour’ was a angel and sent me a load of ideas for this Brazilian feature. One of the recipes she directed me towards was for these little pastry treats. Pastel de queijo are similar, small pockets of pastry generously filled with items such as; mozzarella, ground beef cooked with garlic and onions, shrimp/prawns, heart of palm. I decided to adapt a few recipes I received and made mine into spicy prawn versions.

Sopa de Batata-Doce ~ Sweet Potato Soup

Quindins de Yaya ~ Coconut and Orange Blossom Water Cakes with Orange Blossom Cream Cheese Frosting

(Cake flags from Nikole @

Batida de Café ~ Rum with iced coffee and Egg White

All photos © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

First off, what can only be said but: Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie friends and family and to all the Aussie readers of WKA be it here in Oz or anywhere around the world :)

Well it’s been almost a month (eeek!) since my last main blog post, just before Xmas. I took a few weeks out in early January to spend time with my family – to be precise; my sister, her hubby Claudio and my gorgeous, wonderful niece Erika (almost 9). It was great having a chance to get to know Erika in particular as the last time I really saw her properly was 6 years ago when she was nearly 3 years of age (!) so as you can imagine, it was a great ‘getting to know each other all over again’ experience :)

Claudio Meneses, my brother-in-law is from Uberaba in Brazil and is a top bloke. I was hoping whilst they were all here that I might be able to get a blog post done with them all included, but alas sadly it wasn’t to be, as ~ and I’ll be honest here.. we were all having too much of a good time at the beach @ Bondi and Manly or up in Queensland to focus on anything other than sun, sea and sand, good food and cold beers! :)

It was great getting a few weeks away from the computer, the camera and cooking over a hot stove in the Sydney summer heat and in turn I had a wonderful time getting some well needed R and R over a week or two. I thought it would be a fun idea to get some recipes from Claudio and from my sis (who lived for years in Brazil) to feature on the blog and have also added to a few which were kindly sent to me by readers of WKa, so I’ve managed to compile a few ideas for this weeks post. All recipes I’ve adapted a little and I’m currently writing up all the recipes into one doc like I did with the Xmas post. I’ll have it up tomorrow for you guys to download. I’ve been working on the blog all day today and yesterday (my first year not down the pub for Aussie day) so am off for a well earned cold beer (on this dreadfully humid yet very rainy Sydney day) I will be back in touch in a day or two with a little write up and some pics from a great new BBQ cookbook I recently purchased from the wonderful Stephane Reynaud.


Note – Layout of blog is going haywire at the moment.I have no iota how to fix it, pics aren’t centering and generally being a pain in the bum! I am changing the platform of the blog in the coming weeks so stay tuned for a more co-operable site! Tks

44 Responses to “Happy Australia Day 2012! Brazilian style! :)”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I smell black beans! Can’t wait to see your recipe, and how it compares to the one I picked up in Brazil!

  2. January 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Great photos!

  3. January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my! All of that looks delicious c: I can’t wait to see the post tomorrow! xx

  4. January 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    ohhh, this looks yumyyy !

  5. January 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    It all looks good already….can´t wait for the rest!

  6. January 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Brilliant clicks as always. Even I can smell black beans.

  7. January 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Looks delicious :) Can’t wait to see the full post!

  8. January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    excuse the pun but thanks for the lovely delicious taster for tmr! LOL you are the best.

  9. January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    wow I can’t wait to see your post on Brazilian food.

  10. January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful photos. Looking forward to seeing your post. GG

  11. January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

    OMG!!! You simply rocked our brazilian food!!! Amazing shots and delicious choices. Loved it!

  12. January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    oh w.o.w. Katie this looks amazing! everything looks delicious and I love the dark, moody setting you’ve photographed them in. Particularly want to try that sweet potato soup and those cute-as coconut cakes.
    :) :)

  13. January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    As always stunning photos, styling and recipes..those cupcakes look so delish I wanted to eat one straight from the screen. Look forward to the recipes.

  14. Anonymous
    January 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Looks so yummy! Are those cupcake flags from Herriott Grace?

  15. January 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I live in Fortaleza, Brazil and I extremely adore the cuisine. So happy you cooked and took photos of it. That Pao de Queijo looks so inviting.

  16. January 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    lovely, lovely, lovely food and photos Katie . . . cannot wait for the recipes!

  17. January 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Looking at those photos of Bondi from London has made me so homesick I can barely breathe. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

  18. January 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Very nice work indeed. Would love to pull up a chair and dig in.
    Your surfaces are stellar. I am very into surfaces and backgrounds.
    Do you have a favorite f stop?

  19. January 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I loved the ‘empadinhas’ and the ‘pão de queijo’: real staples in our brazilian kitchen. The only missing thing is the ‘brigadeiros’ and your post could have been shot in Brasil. Muito bom!

  20. January 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    A lot of Australians come to Kelowna, BC, Canada for the slopes as well as the weather. Our artisanal market we have a great Australian cook who sells him meat pies. I personally love steak, cheese and chilli flakes.
    But steak and curry is great too. The pastry is to die for!
    Delicious spread! Happy Australia day!

    The Wanderfull Traveler

  21. January 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hummm.. I’m brazillian and I’m living in Ballarat for 4 months now, and me and my also brazillian husband are so happy we can cook almost every thing we usually eat in Brazil here… My pão de queijo it’s not that good yet, but I’ll wait for your recipe, so maybe I can learn how to improve my recipe based in yours. Your pictures are great!!

  22. January 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    The sweet potato soup! The cheesy rolls! I can’t decide what looks the most divine here. Gorgeous, as always…

  23. January 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Stunning. Glad to see you had some time off for R&R. It’s always needed. Now that it’s all sorted I’m looking forward to the recipes. Happy Australian Day, Katie!

  24. January 27, 2012 at 1:48 am

    i don’t know which dish i’m drooling over more – that meat or those cupcakes! divine!

  25. Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

    beautiful! did you get the idea for the orange water cakes with Nikole’s flags from Roost blog? Seems very similar to her orange water pavlova with matching flags

  26. January 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Hello Anonymous. No oddly enough I didn’t. Thanks for sending that link though, the pavlova looks great and I love the text used on the pages (!)

    My recipe for the coconut cupcakes are from a Brazilian recipe I was sent via mail. The Brazilian recipe doesn’t call for frosting of any sort, but I felt visually it would look better if they had some sort of topping. So I made one up using cream cheese, icing sugar, orange blossom water and coconut essence (recipe will be up later).

    Nikole sent me some flags to use in my book a few months ago. Yesterday when I was shooting the cakes after I had done so without the flags, I decided they might be a nice touch. Nikole sells the flags you know so anyone can buy them and put them in their own cakes. I use orange blossom water a bit, in fact, there is a recipe in my upcoming book using it with toffee. I am pretty sure lots of other cooks, bloggers, chefs etc use Orange blossom water on a regular basis.

    Thanks for your comment.

  27. January 27, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Anonymous – sorry I meant to ask, really weird question, but are you based in Canada perchance – possibly Montréal?

  28. Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Thanks for the note Katie, I apologize if I came across rude, I in no way meant to. I love your work and respect everything you do as an artist. I was just curious ;) Keep up the beautiful imagery! I am an aspiring photographer though I am still holding out for a fancy camera. Thank you for your inspiration!

  29. January 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I come to see your food pictures often. I love them. You’re an artist.

  30. January 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The food looks to die for. I can smell it! Great pictures.

  31. January 28, 2012 at 12:07 am

    absolutely love your photographs! Happy Australia Day!!

  32. January 28, 2012 at 6:48 am

    As always, pictures are fabulous ! You’re like a goal I’d like to reach some day…
    Thank you for sharing =)

  33. January 30, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Through following you on Facebook I have been eagerly awaiting this post as a Brazilian in Oz! The empadinhas look delicious! I wanted to contribute my ‘Pao de Queijo’ recipe, but saw it had already been ‘taken’. I see that ‘brigadeiros’ weren’t (as someone mentioned above), and I have such an easy peasy recipe, I thought’ I’d post a link (my pao de queijo recipe is also SUPER easy and fail-safe, and I must admit, I had never seen a pao de queijo recipe with potatoes before, must try it sometime).

    LOVE your blog!

  34. January 30, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Katie, I just loved everything, really!! I was super excited to see some Brazilian food shot by you that I just couldn’t control myself.
    Little did I know that you were super well guided by a person from Uberada (Have to try Carlo’s cheese bread!!!). This region of Brazil has one of the best cuisines!! I’m from the same state by the way, but it’s just a detail :)
    Everything went fabulous as always and you truly got the spirit, the idea!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
    And hope it’s not too late to leave my BIG thanks for your so SWEET mention about Give me flour!
    Just love your work!!

  35. February 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    LOVELY post ! Empadinhas and pão de queijo are classics from North to South in Brazil. It has a very vast cuisine, and one thing you cannot miss is brigadeiro. Although quite simple it is mandatory in a blog about a typical Brazilian menu. Please have a look

    P.S.: your quindins with a twist are also stunning. You upgrade them !

  36. February 3, 2012 at 5:48 am

    wow-za!!! what a gorgeous brazilian spread! i really feel like i was transported to rio or salvador de bahia. where’s the rice and beans, though? LOL! kidding aside, your photography work and styling is just so stunning. you are a rockstar and i can only dream of having talent like yours!

  37. February 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I just wanted to say that I love your every photo. You’re a true inspiration for another Katie, on the other side of the globe :)
    Thank You.

  38. Anonymous
    February 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Páo de queijo – I’ve been introduced to this amazing cheese bread by a brazilian friend of mine, it has become a recipe classic in my collection. You have to try it with honey when still warm!

  39. February 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Katie – What fonts did you use for the recipes? I’m obsessed. Beautiful and a fitting for the content!

  40. February 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Hi, love your Brazilian feature. I wanted to make the empanadas and noticed that you list 100g butter in the ingredients but don’t say what it’s for. Is it for the pastry or filling? Great photos! Thanks.

  41. February 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    O man.. I love those.. They look amazing. now I am preparing for Cheltenham Gold Cup

  42. February 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Could you tell me the name of that handwritten font in the Scribd file, please :) ?

  43. April 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    OMG ! Its very yummy. I love your pics..these are very beautiful. It sounds like you enjoyed lot there..ops i am feeling jealous ;-)

  44. May 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues with your site.
    It looks like some of the written text on your content are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them
    too? This might be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before. Appreciate it

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