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

General, Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine, Reviews

Donde Peruco

Seafood / ceviche, Northern Peruvian (norteña) $$ review date: 12/24/2014 Website (en español) Facebook Menu +51 1 4491030 Calle María Elena Moyano (La Merced) 178, Santiago de Surco 15038, Perú     My husband’s sister Susi and brother-in-law David brought us to Donde Peruco for Christmas Eve lunch, saying that if we couldn’t get up to… Read More Donde Peruco

General, Lima, Lima, Miraflores, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine, Restaurant review

Panchita

Criollo Peruvian cuisine $$ review date: 1/2/2015 Menu: Facebook  +51 1 4478272 Calle 2 de Mayo 298, Miraflores District, Lima My husband’s sweet cousin Mili brought me, my husband, daughter, and mother-in-law to Panchita for lunch. Panchita is one of renowned chef / restauranteur Gastón Acurio’s casual dining restaurants, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. It… Read More Panchita

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

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Chicharrón Peruano / Peruvian Braised and Fried Pork

Chicharrón (or chicharrones) is one of those ubiquitous Latin American foods: each country has its own version. Chicharrones originated in Andalucía, Spain, and thus are eaten in most Spanish-speaking countries; though many regional names and adaptations exist. Chicharrones are traditionally crispy fried cuts of pork; but meats and condiments vary by country. In Peru, chicharrón… Read More Chicharrón Peruano / Peruvian Braised and Fried Pork

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!…

Culture, General, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Locro / Andean Squash Stew

Locro (ruqru in Quechua) is a pre-Colombian Incan meal that originated in the Andes Mountains. In Peru, it is a stew of pumpkin or squash, potatoes, corn and cheese (which was added after the Spanish conquest). It’s usually a winter dish; but I thought it would be perfect for this gloomy, rainy spell we’ve been enduring… Read More Locro / Andean Squash Stew

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

The History of Peruvian Pisco

* For those of you who’d rather skip the history and get right to the Pisco Sour recipe – click here.! Pisco is clear Peruvian grape brandy, made by distilling the fresh musts of specific varieties of grapes. It is the national spirit of both Peru and Chile. There has been an ongoing battle between… Read More The History of Peruvian Pisco

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Aguadito / Hangover Soup!

Aguadito (“thin little broth”) is a very traditional Peruvian soup. It’s an incredibly aromatic and flavorful hen soup with sofrito, lots of cilantro, and a kitchen-sink list of ingredients. You may wonder why I’m posting a hot soup recipe, just as summer is getting underway here on the East Coast. Allow me to give a… Read More Aguadito / Hangover Soup!