In 2006 I moved with my Hubby (then boyfriend) to Florida. His boss was Brazilian and thus we hung out with a lot of Brazilians. I tell you what they have some of the best BBQ and food around! They buy large “slabs” of meat and cook it up and cut it there right off the grill, everyone sort of gathers around to munch on the meat. I learned a really simple dish from the boss’ wife, because of the language barrier we lovingly started calling it Brazilian Rice.
The first thing that she did was fry/brown the rice. I had done that with rice-a-roni before but never in just making homemade boiled rice, although I confess most of my rice experience growing up was instant rice. After the rice is brown then you add your water, bring to a boil and cover.
Chop up like making salsa: tomatoes, onion, garlic, green/red bell peppers, cilantro and then season with allspice and salt.
THAT IS IT! Once the rice is done then you add the fresh ‘salsa’ on top of the rice and enjoy. I tell you what the fresh food on top of the rice really pops in your mouth.
I used to make this all the time but over the years I have stopped, but I never stopped thinking about it. I often wonder if I forgot a spice or two or even some vegetable (lemon or lime maybe?). I’ve done internet searches to see if I could figure out the real name, but no… so alas we have Brazilian Rice ala Florida.
Today is day 23, down another pound, feeling great, clothes are fitting better, energy is high. I do admit there is still hunger, something about juice just doesn’t make our minds think we are full. I know I’m getting all the nutrition I need, I am seeing the “glow” in my skin now. Although I am ready to get back to a semi normal life. I crave a cheese burger pretty much daily, so I know when I am done there will be a burger in my future! Almost two weeks left, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
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