Ever since Geraldo Alckmin made the amusing joke that “squid is a dish that goes well with chayote” and that the mixture of foods should become the new “hit of Brazilian cuisine”, artists and public figures have been playing with possible recipes.
Lula himself offered squid risotto with chayote on his Twitter, Astrid Fontenelle and Zeca Camargo, accompanied by José Simão, “invented” squid stew with chayote, while Congresswoman Benedita appeared on Mother’s Day cooking the dish with Antonio Pitanga.
Recipes with the two foods were also sent to the column – one of them by an important actor in the Brazilian political scene who, since 1988, has assertively influenced the country with his accurate view of the relationship between the powers of the Republic.
According to him, a good combination of flavors would be squid with chayote braised “al dente” – mixing garlic, coriander, baniwa pepper and Galician lemon juice. All cooked and served with polenta.
Former president Lula, who has already trumped Alckmin’s nickname, naming years ago that chayote was “tasteless” and “food without salt”, now witnesses the former toucan bringing, since the launch of the pre-campaign, “flavor” for the election.
In fact, that’s why the column wrote, still in March, that the popsicle with chayote gained flavor. Or will it be the other way around. Lula only managed to savor the victory with good “accompaniments”.