November 20, 2008

Recipe: Choros a la Chalaca


One of the most traditional marine dishes of the Peruvian coast, the "Choros a la Chalaca" (Chalaca style mussels) is delicious, refreshing and exotic.

Ingredients:
36 mussels (boiled until open, left intact on a half shell)
6 tomatoes (I use roma, finely diced)
3/4 cup cilantro (diced)
1 small red onion (finely minced)
1 (16 ounce) can yellow peppers (aji amarillo)
1 tablespoon msg
2 limes, juice of

Preparation:
First of all, place the can of aji amarillos with their juices in a blender and puree for 1 minutes.
Then, place the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and blended aji's in a large bowl.
Add the msg and the lime juice.
Place the mussels on a half shell on a serving platter and top each with one tablespoon of the Aji mixture.
Finally, serve with a nice cold beer and enjoy!



Recipe: Lomo Saltado


A delicious modern dish from the coast of Peru, the Lomo Saltado is made with beef, onions and fried potatos to make a delicious combination.

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Onion -- sliced
2 Cloves Garlic -- minced
1/2 Cup Bell Pepper, Red Or Yellow -- chopped
1 1/2 Cups Potato -- cubed and cooked
1 Tablespoon Jalapeno Pepper -- diced
1/2 Pound Sirloin Steak -- sliced thin
1 Tomato -- chopped
1 Teaspoon Fresh Oregano
Salt And Pepper -- to taste

Preparation:
In the first place, you must heat oil in a non-stick pan and saute onion, garlic and bell pepper. Add potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until potato just begins to brown.

Add chile and steak. Saute a few more minutes. Stir in tomato, oregano, and pepper.
Serve with steamed rice.



November 13, 2008

Recipe: Peruvian Caldo de Gallina (Chicken Soup)


A soup from the coast of Peru, made with chicken and noodles. It has a strong taste and people usually eat it in the morning, specially after a party night.

Ingredients:

1 5–6-lb. stewing chicken or hen
2 leeks, trimmed, roughly chopped,
and washed well
2 ibs celery, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 1" piece ginger, peeled and smashed
1 head garlic, halved crosswise
6 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled
and left whole
6 oz. dried egg noodles
Kosher salt, to taste
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 limes, quartered
1 fresh red chile (such as fresno), stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped

Preparation:

We must start by rinsing the chicken under cold water and remove and discard giblets (or set aside for another use). Put chicken, leeks, celery, carrots, ginger, garlic, and 5 quarts cold water into an 8-quart stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until the broth becomes rich and golden, 3 1⁄2 hours.

Using tongs, transfer chicken to a large plate; set aside. Set a fine sieve over a clean pot and strain broth into pot; discard vegetables. Add potatoes to broth, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes.

As you do the last step, you also have to remove and discard skin from chicken. Pull the chicken meat from the carcass; discard carcass. Tear chicken meat into at least 6 large chunks.

Bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Add the egg noodles and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Add the reserved chicken pieces and allow them to warm through. Season soup with salt. Divide soup between 6 deep serving bowls. Garnish each portion with eggs and some of the cilantro, scallions, limes, and chiles. Serve immediately.

November 08, 2008

Peruvian Ceviche Wallpaper for your desktop

Perhaps the most iconic dish of the Peruvian Cuisine, ceviche is extremely delicious, refreshing, tasty and unique. With these delicious wallpapers, you will take this sensations to your computer. Click on the image to expand your wallpaper, then save it.


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Machu Picchu Wallpaper

One of the most important ruins in the world and the most visited spot of Peru, Machu Picchu is truly amazing and mystical. Take this incredible feelings to your desktop with this outstanding and classy wallpaper. Click on the image to expand it, then right click on it to save.

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November 04, 2008

Drink recipe: Chicha Morada (Purple chicha)


The delicious Chicha morada is a traditional beverage of the Peruvian Coast. It is made from a curious type of cereal calle purple corn, which is exactly the same as the regular corn, but in a very dark purple color. It is a very refreshing drink, and mixed with a little ice, it's perfect for summer.

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ lb (¾ k) purple corn
• Peelings from 2 lb (1 k) cooking apples
• Peelings from 1 large pineapple
• 4 key limes
• 1 cup sugar, or to taste
• 4 whole cloves


Preparation:


To prepare it, bring to a boil the well washed apple and pineapple peelings, the corn and cloves with 3 quarts water. Simmer for half an hour, and then strain.

Repeat simmering process with same ingredients and 3 quarts clean water. We have to strain and mix both liquids.

Finally, add sugar and lemon juice. Serve chilled.

Note: Add sugar and key lime to the Chicha only when ready to use. In fact, before adding sugar and key it can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days.

November 03, 2008

Recipe: Arroz con Leche (Milky Rice pudding)


The popular "arroz con leche" is one of the most traditional dessert in Peruvian culture. Part of the gastronomy in the coast of the country, this dessert in made with rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and a secret orange tip. Pay attention:

Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup of rice
* 3 cups of water
* 2 1/2 cups of sweetened condensed milk (2 cans)
* 1 3/4 cups of evaporated milk
* 1/4 cup of port wine
* 1 stick cinnamon
* Skin of 1/2 orange
* Powdered cinnamon

Preparation:

First Boil the rice with the orange skin and the stick cinnamon for 15 minutes; the rice must be well cooked. Remove from the fire and take out the cinnamon and the skin.

Later, you must add the two types of milk. Boil on a low flame for 5 minutes, stiring all the time with a wooden spoon.

We should add the port wine and continue boiling for 3 minutes more. Then let it cool down.

As we know, some people like to eat the "arroz con leche" warm; others, cold. Serve in a glass and sprinkle with the powdered cinnamon.