Valentine’s Day <3

[Versão em PORTUGUÊS no fim da publicação]

In Brazil, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day the same day (and way) as in other cultures. As I explained here, Brazilian Valentine’s Day is celebrated in June 12th. Nevertheless, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and globalization, all sorts of holidays are becoming more and more popular around the world and Valentine’s couldn’t be different.

As you probably already know, in most western countries, boyfriends and girlfriends usually exchange gifts and (try to) do romantic things together on Valentine’s. In Asians countries, however, girls are traditionally supposed to give chocolate to boys instead (and receive gifts from them on the White Day, a month later).

As for me, I decided to celebrated it in eastern style (since we already have the all-romantic-gift-exchanging-thing in June): I gave a very popular homemade type of chocolate to Felipe. It’s called “Brigadeiro” and it’s certainly one of the most appreciated deserts in Brazil.

The Brigadeirois a common Braziliandelicacy, created in 1940. It is common throughout the entire country, as well as in Portugal, and is present in practically all the major Brazilian celebrations. The Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It can be cooked in the oven or the microwave, in the form of individual little balls. It can also be eaten straight from the pot once it is done cooking. – Source: Wikipedia

The Brigadeiro I made is a little different from the regular recipe, since I added some cookie layers to it, making it more pastry-like. If you’re willing to try it and be amazed by Brazilian Brigadeiro, here goes the recipe of the one I made (It’s very quick and easy to cook and speechlessly delicious):

Cookie Layered Brigadeiro

Serves: 2 portions


For the chocolate layers (which is also the regular recipe for traditional Brigadeiro):

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa/chocolate powder
  • 3 tbsp of fat-free whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Chocolate Sprinkles (to cover the outside layer)

(You can use all-veggie options for those ingredients if you want)

For the cookies layer:

  • 200g of medium-sized cookies of your choice (I used a Brazilian brand called “Passtempo” that is Felipe’s favourite.

In a cooking pan, mix the condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder. Take it to medium fire and keep stirring until it boils and gets creamy and more consistent. Turn off the fire, add the whipped cream and stir to combine.

Keep stirring until it boils and gets more consistent

Keep stirring until it boils and gets more consistent 

In a recipient of your choice, crumble half of the cookies to form the first layer, then add half of the previously made chocolate. Add another layer of crumbled cookies and, finally, the last layer of chocolate (you can add more layers if you want). Sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles (lol?), wait until it cools down a little, serve and be marveled! ;P

You can keep it refrigerated for around 2 days.

Cookie Layered Brazilian Brigadeiro for Valentine's!

Cookie Layered Brazilian Brigadeiro for Valentine’s! 

Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it and please share your chocolate recipes too. Happy Valentine’s~!

[Portuguese translation below)

Valentine’s Day – O dia international dos namorados ❤

No Brasil não comemoramos o dia dos namorados da mesma forma (e data) que em outras culturas. Como eu explico aqui, o dia dos namorados no Brasil é festejado somente em Junho. Todavia, graças às maravilhas da Internet, todos os feriados estão se tornando cada vez mais globalizados e não poderia ser diferente com o Valentine’s Day.

Como provavelmente já sabem, na maioria dos países ocidentais os namorados costumam trocar presentes e (tentar) fazer coisas românticas nesta data – que fora do Brasil é celebrada em 14 de Fevereiro, em homenagem à São Valentim (daí o nome Valentine’s Day ou “Dia de Valentim”).

Nos países asiáticos, entretanto, no dia dos namorados as moças costumam dar chocolates (tradicionalmente caseiros) para os rapazes. Estes, por sua vez, devem presentear as moças um mês depois, no White Day.

Quanto a mim, decidi celebrar do modo oriental (visto que em Junho já temos a troca de presentes romântica tradicional). Eu preparei para o Felipe um tipo chocolate caseiro muito popular no Brasil: o Brigadeiro – o qual é certamente um dos doces mais apreciados do país (e se você está lendo isto em  português provavelmente já conhece, não é? 😉 ).

Pois bem, o brigadeiro que eu fiz é um pouquinho diferente da receita padrão  – É um tipo de torta de brigadeiro com cookies que é super simples e rápida de fazer mas, ainda assim, incrivelmente deliciosa! Se quiserem experimentar, aqui vai a receita:

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Serve 2 porções

Para a camada de chocolate:

  • 1 lata de leite condensado (de preferencia light)
  • 3 colheres de sopa de chocolate em pó
  • 3 colheres de sopa de creme de leite leve ou light (é mais saudável, viu gente?)
  • 1 colher de sopa de manteira ou margarina
  • 1 pacote de Chocolate granulado

(Todos os ingredientes podem ser usados também em suas versões vegetarianas)

Para a camada de cookies:

  • 200g de cookies (de sua preferencia) picados. Eu usei o de Passatempo da Nestlé, que é o favorito do Felipe.

Numa panela, misture o leite condensado, o chocolate em pó e a manteiga. Mexa sempre em fogo médio até levantar fervura e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher. Apague o fogo, misture o creme de leite e reserve.

Mexa sempre até ficar ferver e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher

Mexa sempre até ficar ferver e ficar com consistencia de brigadeiro de colher

Num recipiente de sua escolha, adicione metade dos cookies picados para formar a primeira camada. Em seguida, adicione metade do brigadeiro previamente reservado. Adicione a segunda camada de cookies e, por fim, a última camada de brigadeiro (se preferir pode fazer mais camadas, sempre intercalando os cookies com o brigadeiro). Polvilhe o chocolate granulado à gosto, espere esfriar, sirva e se delicie!

Se sobrar (o que acho difícil rs), pode guardar por até dois dias na geladeira.

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Torta em Camadas de Brigadeiro com Cookies

Não esqueçam de me contar o que acharam e também compartilhar suas próprias receitas nos comentários. Feliz Valentine~! ❤


Why am I a vegetarian?

I became fully vegetarian in 2013. It wasn’t an easy proccess, giving up on meat can be really difficult. There was once a time I read a comparisson between eating meat and drugs abuse and I think it couldn’t be more perfect. But thankfully I succeeded! 🙂

(People often ask me

People often ask me “but Giselle, what do you eat?”. Well, that’s a good and delicious example: homemade salad with lettuce, peanutes, grapes, palmito, mushrooms and garlic

Eating meat is related to many health issues like cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and even global warming, not to mention animal suffering.

Like I said here I’m not a religious person, I consider myself agnostic but I do have a strong spiritual side. I don’t believe human lives are superior, we are all microscopic to the Universe. Thus said, all life should be respected, human or not!

(Yup, that's not

Yup, that’s not “real” meat. That’s soy meat with rice, peas and broccoli. Yummy! 🙂

But “life feeds on life“, you may say. “Zebras eat grass, lions eat zebras and so on“, yes, that’s correct. But if human beings are different from other creatures in any way is that humans are morally capable of telling right from wrong. And that makes us much more responsible for how we treat other species. Causing suffering to other sentient creatures (that feel pain/pleasure and are aware of it) knowing that there are other alternatives is just not good. That’s why I don’t feel I have the right to eat animals and I don’t.

(Another deliciously amazing example: tofu and tomatoes pasta)

Another deliciously amazing example: mushrooms, tofu and tomatoes pasta

I also avoid wearing leather, wool and doing anything that’s related to other creatures suffering and abuse. You see, by creatures I include humans too. I’m telling you this because lately I’ve notice many people are so freaked out about animal suffering that seem to forget that humans do suffer as well and we are all sentient creatures, no suffer is more or less important. It doesn’t matter if its an animal or a child. Suffering is suferring and it’s awful, period.

So, by chosing not eating meat I’m trying to do my part for a better world. I know it’s little, I know it will hardly make any difference, but I’m doing what I can. Can you imagine how wonderful the world could be if everyone would do the same?

Tired of homemade meals? No problem! There are many vegetarian burgers nowadays, even here in the middle of the Amazon. Like this one: The super awesome

Tired of homemade meals? No problem! There are many vegetarian burgers nowadays, even here in the middle of the Amazon forest. Like this one: The super awesome “Elven” burger (soy meat, tofu, beam sprouts, shitaki and shimeji mushrooms) from Dungeons & Burgers. Yummy! ;P

And I’ll end this post by asking you: are positively doing everything you can to make a better world? If you are, that’s great! Keep it up. But if you’re not, what about take the first step right now? Anything, the smallest thing, can make a real big difference!

(This is a video from PETA called Glass Walls. It has some shocking/graphic images but I strongly recommend you to watch and think about it. It’s in English with Portuguese subtitles)