Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The 20th of September. For gauchos, the demonym for people from Rio Grande do Sul (the most southern state in Brazil), this day is even more important than Independence Day. It is a day to celebrate the southern culture and oddly, their lost war.
The Farroupilha War began on September 20, 1835 when one person from the south fired against the opposing Brazilians and his fellow gauchos said, "Meh, alright. Let's start a war." While obviously an exaggeration and economic differences between Rio Grande do Sul and the rest of the country are to blaim, this is more or less the explanation I got.
The war lasted ten years and thankfully the south lost, is still part of Brazil, and these gauchos are still speaking Portuguese!
Nowadays gauchos from all over the state congregate at "Acampamento Farroupilha," a month-long celebration/campout with all of the necessities for gaucho culture. Chimarrão, churrasco, music, typical clothing, and some horses are not to be missed!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
This weekend I went to a graduation! Here each graduation is only with your class--about 40 people who have all taken the majority of their classes together. There are some other big differences too. Instead of entering to Pomp & Circumstance, an oldie but a goodie, the class chooses the song. In this case, the Indiana Jones theme song! You know I loved it. Also, each person chooses a song that plays as their name is announced. Then they go up to the podium, sign their diploma, and snap some fotos. Each person also has about 30 seconds to thank their family and such. It's pretty cool! And since everyone knows each other pretty well it's also common to have one classmate will introduce the next. To close the ceremony the whole audience sings the Rio Grande do Sul anthem.
The party afterwards had some tasty food...
The graduate and his family.
Friday, September 3, 2010
My first time using a gas stove! And I didn't even burn anything down...
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup walnuts
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 ripe large bananas (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C).
2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and chopped nuts. Set aside. In another bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
3. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. Don’t overmix the batter or the bread with be tough!
4. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Scrape batter into the pan. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes.