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A taste of Carnaval del Sol: Brazilian cassava recipes

Luciano Miranda's dream of opening a food truck came true just in time for Carnaval del Sol

for CBC News

July 09, 2017

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Luciana Miranda demonstrates his recipes for traditional cassava recipes  6:06

Next to the art, music and food vendors at this weekend's Carnaval del Sol festival in Vancouver will be the "magic" Brazilian breads made by Luciano Miranda.

Miranda is the owner of Beiju Foods, which sells Brazilian breads and flour, and the proud owner of a food truck he made operational just in time for the annual Latin culture festival.

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Cassava root is the base for Luciano Miranda's "magic bread." (CBC)

"It is magic, the customers call it magic flour," he told Gloria Macarenko, host of CBC's Our Vancouver.

"You don't need to put any grease in the fry pan. It binds together and becomes a flat bread," he told Gloria Macarenko, host of CBC's Our Vancouver.

Beiju is named after the root-based products it sells, which are gluten free.

Cassava, the tuberous root of a tropical tree, is a traditional Brazilian food and key ingredient in Indigenous meals, according to Miranda.

He suggests using cassava flat breads as taco shells or in place of tortillas and wraps. If you add chia seeds you can boost the fibre and flavour, he said.

You can find Luciano Miranda's recipes here.

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