Here we are, nearly a week into full time living in Brazil.
You might think that means it’s a crazy week spent running around like mad men getting everything set up, hooked up, stocked up and finding our way around, but it’s really not. We got all of that out of the way when we were here last time. The apartment was already rented and all utilities (including super fast internet, hallelujah!) were switched on months ago.
It’s been a sort of quiet week for me. While Brian works his mental fingers to the bone, dealing with the stress of cleaning up a department that was running amok while he was away, I’ve been quietly… trying to keep busy.
The only job I’ve really had this past week was to stock up the food and cook.
Two years ago I would have hated this part. I’ve never been a creative cook, and I always kind of hated doing it, but that’s all changed this year. All of a sudden I’m all about the FOOD. The less-processed the better. Give me some grass fed meat and raw honey, and I’m a happy woman.
So guess how happy I am that we live within walking distance to this place:
This is the mercadão. Think of it as a sort of permanent farmer’s market. There are two butchers, two produce stores, an Asian market, an imported food store with a huge wine selection and (trumpets blaze) a health food store!
It’s full of dried fruits, nuts and nut flours, spices, raw honey, dried herbs and all kind of other goodies. I even got a real vanilla bean!
My real-food pantry is pretty stocked now. I still can’t find turmeric, but everything else has been knocked off the list. Our freezer is filling up, the fridge is full of good stuff, and the spice drawer is full.
Now what do I do?
For starters, I’m going to start a little kitchen garden on the balcony.
I know my black thumb will mock me by killing at least half of what I try to grow, but with a little advice from my friends I think those little plants might have a chance. Fingers crossed.
Also – We should have a car soon, which means we’ll be out exploring on the weekends and getting to know this new part of Brazil. Bring on the waterfalls and forests!