For our Artist's Palate back page in the Born in Brazil issue of Wallpaper* (see W*135) Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto sent us his recipe for Vatapa in the form of a song by the revered Brazilian songwriter Dorival Caymmi. There’s something flamboyantly, not to mention stereotypically, Brazilian about the idea that you would sing a recipe.

Vatapa (Dorival Caymmi)

Who wants vatapa, o

How do you get one

First the cornmeal

Then the palm

Find a black girl from Bahia, o

Who knows how to move

Who knows how to move

Who knows how to move

Find a black girl from Bahia, o

Who knows how to move

Who knows how to move

Who knows how to move

Mix in cashew nuts

A little more

Chilli pepper

A little more

Mix in cashew nuts

A little more

Chilli pepper

A little more

Peanuts, shrimp, a little coconut

When it starts to brown

Salt with ginger and onion, Yaya

When it's time to season

Do not stop moving, o

To prevent any lumps

Put the pan on the fire

Do not let it burn

With ten thousand réis and a black girl

You can get vatapa

You can get vatapa

Good vatapa

Mix in cashew nuts

A little more

Chilli pepper

A little more

Mix in cashew nuts

A little more

Chilli pepper

A little more

Peanuts, shrimp, a little coconut

When it starts to brown

Salt with ginger and onion

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