Armadillo Stew / Peba Caipira. Northern Brazil
Samba, Bikinis, bottoms, nuts. There were many things I was expecting to find while cycling in Brazil. This recipe was not one of them. While cycling in the dry surrounds of Norther Brazil, between the cities of Belem and Sao Luis, I was lucky or perhaps unlucky enough to try this simple recipe for armadillo stew. A first for me, it took some time for me to realize what I was eating.
"Que es esso?"
I asked in my worst Portuguese only for a small boy to hold up a plump and bewildered looking Armadillo. In Northern Brazil many rural families keep a couple of thesebeast in the garden for special occasion. A tough and gamey meat, it tastes great in this rustic stew. If you cant get hold of an armadillo chicken or pork will do. armoured