Baking and Pastry, Culture, Latin American, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Manjar Blanco 2016 Redux

Hello again, after (another) long hiatus! I have been so thrilled to watch Peruvian cuisine gain attention and interest over the last year. I always knew that once the creativity, simple elegance, and intriguing combination of history and fusion behind this fabulous cuisine came to light, the world couldn’t help but stand up and take… Read More Manjar Blanco 2016 Redux

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Mistura

I can hardly believe so much time has passed since I’ve written! I’m so glad to be back. It’s been such a busy year for me: I’m just two semesters shy of my food studies master’s degree, which has been very hard but rewarding research work. I’m also working as a pastry chef at a… Read More Mistura

Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine

Pimientos o Rocotos Rellenos / Peruvian Stuffed Peppers

I’ve never liked American stuffed peppers. The flavorless pepper, tinny meatloaf filling, and powdered cheese topping always made me think of a decrepit diner’s Monday night leftover special. But these Peruvian stuffed peppers are vastly different. This recipe is based on Tony Custer’s, from The Art of Peruvian Cuisine; but I’ve altered it quite a bit,… Read More Pimientos o Rocotos Rellenos / Peruvian Stuffed Peppers

General, television

Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

… for three minutes, anyway. Today my blog was featured on the local New York NBC affiliate TV station, WNYT-Albany, in a segment called “Today’s Women.”  The featured recipe is tacu tacu con apanado, an Afro-Peruvian dish that highlights the significant contribution the African slaves made to Peruvian cuisine. Here’s the video: I was honored to… Read More Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine

Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes

No long-winded post today… just a long-winded recipe! These delicious potato croquettes are most likely rooted in French classical cuisine; it seems to have appeared in the 19th century, when many Europeans (and French chefs) immigrated to Peru. The name is somewhat of a misnomer: it’s actually a combination of papa and yuca rellena. You… Read More Papa Rellena / Stuffed Potato Croquettes

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru

A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine

The next several posts will be about Peru and Peruvian cuisine, since it’s closest to my heart (and mouth!). We will get to the recipes soon, I promise! But I thought I would be in remiss not to mention the rich cultural history that is behind this exciting cuisine. Believe it or not, this is… Read More A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine