Last month we visited Guanabara for the contest of Queen of the Paraiso Samba School's 'Bateria' (Samba School's are divided into sections and each section has a godmother or queen). Eight contestants strut their funky stuff in front of a panel of judges, including Paul O'Grady and Mark Almond. The ladies did the Samba School proud and showed great dancing skills and some sexy moves and in a very tight finish the judges were charmed by an African born beauty known only by the moniker - "TJ".

TJ is the perfect Samba School Queen: during the day she is Ms Arlette, an English and Maths teacher but at night practices her moves with Paraiso Samba School - that is, when she's not too busy choreographing dance numbers or appearing pop-promos. She's also the owner of one of the nicest smiles I've ever seen. There is no end to TJ's talent's, but you can get a little taster on her mySpace page..

We were honoured to have TJ as a guest on CucaBrazuca a week after her coronation. Nando Cuca taught her about Batidas and how to make a special, extra creamy and cold Coconut Batida, which from know on shall be known as the Batida de Coco TJ!

Batidas are a mixture of strong fruit juices with either cachaça or vodka. They are generally prepared in advanced and left in the freezer of fridge so they can be served cracking cold. The most popular mixes are Passion Fruit (Maracujá), Lime, Peaches or Coconut. However, Brazil is home to a few hundred exotic fruits with amazing strong flavours, so every region of Brazil will use different juices in the mix.

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