Author: A n j i n h o - Sweet Moments from the Little Angel ®

Sugar dealers on your street / Traficantes de açúcar na sua rua

English: SUGAR DEALERS ON YOUR STREET Dip your wet finger in a bowl of refined sugar and suck it; If you like sweetness that is some kick of a sensation. Now dip your wet finger in cocoa powder and than in sugar and suck and melt it in your mouth. The cocoa mellows the sweetness of the sugar and introduces flavour depth. There is nothing wrong with the one-dimensional sensation of refined sugars, but there is a vastness of other sweet sensations offered by nature. Reinterpreting sweetness might allow you to rediscover a universe of flavours shadowed, or even destroyed, by the over use of sugar and cheap fats. In some cases this is easily detected in the values of the quantities of the recipe’s ingredients, but food habits do also shape our own individual perception of sweetness. Let’s look at the ingredients in the milk chocolate Lindor balls (information from Lindt website); Beside the expected ingredients in milk chocolate (cocoa solids, cocoa butter, milk powder and sugar) there is also vegetable fats, lactose, milk …

Skinny Panther / Pantera Magricela

English: SKINNY PANTHER Rich in cocoa, smoothed by milk and lightly touched by sugar this dark milk chocolate bridges the divide between dark chocolate lovers and milk chocolates aficionados. Made from a selection of single origin beans, roasted to different profiles, blended and refined by slow conching. A careful process of flavour development incorporates the milk into the cocoa soothing the full bodied taste of the cocoa with the naturally sweetened roundness of the milk. A small amount of sugar is added for balance. This chocolate reeducates the palate and challenges stereotypes. It’s healthy yet indulgent, very dark yet milk flavoured. A chocolate as cool and agile as a skinny panther.   Português: PANTERA MAGRICELA Rico em cacau, suavizado pelo leite e levemente tocado por açúcar este chocolate de leite escuro estreita a divisão entre amantes de chocolate preto e aficionados de chocolate de leite. Feito de uma seleção de grãos/amêndoas de cacau de origem única, torrados em perfis variados, combinados e refinados por conchagem lenta. O processo de desenvolvimento do sabor incorpora o leite …

Andalusians / Andaluzes

English: ANDALUSIANS Tartessos, Romans and Moors. These are some of the peoples that populated the Andalusian region of Spain. The Moors left a rich influence in cooking, agriculture and architecture. The assimilation of Moorish culture by Christians is central to the history of Andalusia. But like no other people the ‘Gitanos’ have influenced the Andalusian character the most. Its influence created a unique variant of integration of the Indo-Aryan migration that started from northern India over a thousand years ago. There is a depth in the Andalusian soul where elements of north Africa and south Asia blend with Iberian traits creating one of the most unique regional characters of Europe. A tri-continental symbiosis of genes, culture and way of life.   Português: ANDALUZES Tartessos, Romanos e Mouros. Estes são alguns dos povos que povoaram a região da Andaluzia em Espanha. Os Mouros deixaram uma grande influência na cozinha, agricultura e arquitetura. A assimilação da cultura mourisca pelos cristãos é de importância central na história da Andaluzia. Mas mais do que qualquer outro povo os ‘Gitanos’ …

The Bean / O Grão-Amêndoa

English: THE BEAN Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. The Criollo beans are the most prized of these three varieties. Fine and complex in flavour but challenging to grow requiring extra care and protection. The Forastero is the most used variety in world’s cocoa production. Full chocolate flavour but less complex in the final notes of the palate. Disease resistant and high yield. The Trinitario is a hybrid of the two varieties and has high yield and resistance characteristics of the Forastero and flavour depth characteristics of Criollo. These three main varieties of cocoa are universally used as a classification of Theobroma cacao, the cocoa tree, and the cocoa bean. There are many subspecies deriving from these three main varieties. Based on genetic variations other classifications may do better justice to existing genetic diversification. As an example, in Juan C. Motamayor research (Geographic and Genetic Population Differentiation of the Amazonian Chocolate Tree, 2008), the following 10 groups are used to classify cocoa in the Amazon basin; Amelonado, Contamana, Criollo, Curaray, Guiana, Iquitos, Marañon, Nacional, Nanay and Purús. …

Our Daily Bread / Pão Nosso de Cada Dia

English: OUR DAILY BREAD The resurgence in recent times of the sourdough bread is a positive reaction to the deterioration of the nutritional value in industrially produced breads – the fast, cheap and profitable chemical breads. Many traditional diets around the world have benefited for millennia from natural fermentation of foods for nutrition, health, food preservation and food safety. Naturally fermented bread, or sourdough, has been baked for thousands of years. The beneficial natural ferments help to foster the good bacteria in the digestive tract, gardening our internal flora. The long and slow natural fermentation of sourdough bread makes the absorption of iron, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, folic acid and other B vitamins easier during digestion. Fibre deficiency in the modern western diet is a promoter of many illnesses. Anjinho’s sourdough has a special natural ingredient that increases the content of fibre up to 25% in some recipes. This bread nurtures and balances the digestive system. Anjinho’s Cocoa Bread (photo), one of the sourdough recipes, does all the above and treats the palate to the richness …

Zen

English: ZEN There is no purpose on getting somewhere if when we get there all we think about is getting to some other place and future moment. Life exists in the present. Reducing the present moment to insignificance, squeezed between an ever present past and an unknown future, is to live an illusory existence. Emphasis in the here and now expands the present moment into life experiences of what is really happening. Experiences felt and interacted with all the senses and sensorial brain.   Português: ZEN Não há propósito em chegar a um lugar se quando chegarmos lá tudo o que conseguimos pensar è chegar a um outro lugar e momento no futuro. A vida existe no presente. Reduzir o momento presente a insignificância, comprimido entre um passado constante e um futuro desconhecido, é viver uma existência ilusória. Pôr o ênfases no aqui e agora expande o momento presente para a vivência das experiências do que está realmente a acontecer. Experiências sentidas e interagidas com todos os sentidos e cérebro sensorial.

Honshu

English: HONSHU We often think of Japan as a heavily industrialised and urbanised country but beyond the megacities there is tranquil preserved wilderness. The forests, mountains, volcanoes and hot springs of the central island of Honshu are an essential experience. Breathing and contemplating the beauty of these landscapes helps the western mind to immerse itself in the Japanese appreciation of nature, Japanese aesthetic ideals and zen buddhism.   Português: HONSHU Normalmente pensamos no Japão como um país altamente industrializado e urbano mas para além das megacidades há regiões tranquilas de natureza preservada. As florestas, montanhas, vulcões e fontes termais da ilha central de Honshu são uma experiência essencial. Respirar e contemplar a beleza destas paisagens ajuda a mente ocidental a se imergir na apreciação japonesa da natureza, dos ideais estéticos japoneses e do Zen-budismo.

Shaping the Easter Bunny / Esculpindo o Coelhinho da Páscoa

English: SHAPING THE EASTER BUNNY The ancient Greeks thought rabbits could reproduce as virgins. Such a belief persisted until early medieval times when the rabbit became associated with the Virgin Mary, appearing in manuscripts and paintings where the Virgin Mary was depicted. Rabbits, known for their intense breeding, have traditionally symbolised fertility. A bunny was the animal symbol of Ēostre, the Saxon Goddess of fertility. The celebrations of this fertility deity by the Germanic peoples of Europe were held on the day of the spring equinox – the passing of winter and the beginning of spring. Today the bunny is a symbol of Easter, the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, three days after he was executed, and is central to Christian theology and belief. At Easter, long-eared chocolate bunnies take over the world in various shapes and personalities. They entice the imagination of children and the child in all of us, awaiting the moment of that first bite, ears first.   Português: ESCULPINDO O COELHINHO DA …