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Dona Gilda Cozinha Brasil, as she is known has promoted the Brazilian culture through recipes which are the south of Brazil such as coxinha, pao de queijo, risole, bolinha de queijo, shrimp pie, acaraje, vatapa, moqueca, camarao na moranga and of course the famous brigadeiro and beijinho.
She tells us that her clients’ preference goes to the palm and shrimp pie.
As all good cookers she does not reveal her secrets.
This dear Brazilian has gotten the stomach of Lebanese who have learned the taste for Brazilian food, and with a strong mouth to mouth advertising her portfolio of clients has only grown.
She confessed that she loves to live in Lebanon, where she feels well and has great friendships. Her work here started 17 years ago, and along of her journey she has served ambassadors and done the catering for several events at Brazilian Cultural Center and hotels as well as culinary lessons.
This talented women is a strong mother of 2 and grandmother of 3 kids. Every two years she visits Brazil to see her loved ones. She is married to an Egyptian man and lives near Raouche (the famous post card Lebanese). She and her husband have overcame the obstacle of the language, as she doesn’t speak Arabic and neither does he speak Portuguese, she reminds us that the language of love is universal.
When asked what would be her message for the other Brazilians living here she said “the most precious good a person has is the honesty, be kind, work hard and help the community where you live focusing your joy on the place where you reside.”
A fearless Brazilian, happy woman who doesn’t regret changing her homeland , despite of the conflicts and the war she has witnessed she never thought of regressing to Brazil for good. During the war she contributed with the Brazilian Consulate delivering documents for those who were fleeing. Herself faced the lack of electricity, restriction to food and the bombing of Beirut with strength and braveness .
“I live in Lebanon feeling safe, I am not afraid of going out. I love all the rare products I have access to, that in Brazil would be only at reach of the really rich ones. And I have found here basically all I need to cook my dishes.”
So, if you are missing Brazilian food, or if you are a Lebanese who would like to give it a shot , try Mrs Gilda’s cooking. Simple and traditional recipes that touch us and remind us of childhood. Totally worth trying!
By Vivivane Carvalho
Telephone: 03466814/ 01801064
This post is also available in: Português (Portuguese (Brazil))