I’ve started several posts this week, but run out of time to complete them, so I’ll just combine a few things into a week-in-review sort of thing.
Firstly, I finally figured out what these are:
They look like a cross between a sea creature and a mouse. But they’re “maxixi,” which is kind of like a short, fat, very seedy, slightly bitter Brazilian cucumber.
First you scrape off all the bumps and cut off the tails
Then I chopped them up and mixed them with red onion, tomato, and added a little rice vinegar, and served them on salad with hummus and pita bread.
Oh, and hearts of palm, of course. I’m eating them in/on everything here.
I performed a recital last Wednesday with a saxophonist. She’s working on editing the video into individual clips to put on youtube, so I’ll post a link as soon as they’re up.
Yesterday a friend took us on an extended tour of Brasilia and some of its surroundings.
We started with a 100km drive to the Iquitira park to see the waterfall.
We hiked through the woods and stood in the waterfall rain, and then walked back and bathed in a lovely river pool. It was sublime. On the way back we stopped at the park’s lanchenette, which consisted of an elaborate buffet with LOTS of wonderful vegan options, live music, and some quati ruffling through the garbage bins.
Sorry about the exposure on the above pictures; the camera was set for a completely different kind of light, and I had to act fast before they ran off…
Next we drove through a very interesting town, founded by people of an unusual religion, who were parading through the town in elaborately sequins-ed gowns with tulle veils, and the men in vests as part of a regularly-recurring ritual. I didn’t take pictures, so as not to be disrespectful.
Next we drove to the “new” TV tower to see the whole Federal District, which was unfortunately closed for maintenance (the TV tower, that is, not the DF, although given the current political climate, that might not be a completely terrible idea). We did get some lovely pictures from the ridge.
Next we drove back into Brasilia, and went up in the old TV tower.
Next we visited the Church of Dom Bosco, which we call the Blue Church. You’ll see why.
Lastly we drove to “Pontão”, a beautiful recreational area along the south side of Lago Paranoá. I believe I’ve posted some pictures from here before, but here are a couple more, in case you’re not tired of beautiful sunset-over-water scenes.
Today I’m going to make traditional north-eastern-Brazil tapioca (not the pudding), and to try to turn this:
into mandioca pudding.
I’ll post pictures if it turns out…