Mamey (or Lucuma) Smoothie – Creamy, sweet, and healthy

Lucuma-Smoothie

Have you tried a fruit called lucuma? If you're from Peru, I already know the answer. But if you're from abroad, you may or may not have tried it, and if you have, chances are you've had it in a powder, and used it to sweeten your healthy desserts or as a superfood to enhance your diet. In Peru we don't eat it this way. Instead, we use it fresh … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Mousse with Aguaymantos

Chocolate Mousse

If you're a chocoholic like myself, you will absolutely LOVE this dessert. It came about as an accident one night when I was having a killer sugar craving, and since that day on it's become my favorite indulgence. Aguaymantos, if you remember from a previous post, are a juicy, sweet, slightly acidic, and almost too pretty to eat fruit from the … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Teriyaki Saltado

Veggies Saltados con Teriyaki

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kikkoman, in collaboration with Latina Blogger Connect. However, all the opinions, stories, experiences, and recipes are mine. Salteados -or stir fries- are one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, especially my beloved lomo saltado, made with sirloin steak and seasoned with … [Read more...]

Seared scallops with Soy Sauce and Pomegranate

Conchitas al Sillao

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kikkoman, in collaboration with Latina Blogger Connect. However, all the opinions, stories, experiences, and recipes are mine. Last week I had lunch in La Balanza, one of Lima's trendiest spots for eating out, with my brother who was visiting Lima for a few days. As you may … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Stuffed Avocados

Palta rellena

Now that we're in the middle of the summer here in New York City, and the markets are bursting with colorful produce, I get inspired to make seasonal variations of all of my favorite dishes every day. Since tomatoes and bell peppers are looking (and tasting) amazing lately, I wanted to use them to create a salad that I could stuff some creamy … [Read more...]

Radish Salsa Criolla

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Salsa Criolla is the Peruvian equivalent of what ketchup and mayonnaise is to Americans: we put it on everything. This crunchy, slightly spicy, and citric salsa is made by finely slicing red onions, and combining them with chili peppers, lime juice, salt, pepper, and herbs. If you're not crazy about raw onions, you're not alone. I myself dislike … [Read more...]

Yucca Causa with Chipotle – Tuna Salad

Causa de Yuca con Atún

Causa is one of those dishes all Peruvians love, especially during the warm summer months. Despite containing a large amount of potatoes, this cold appetizer is light and refreshing, and it can be made well in advance or in the spur of the moment, filled with tuna salad or chicken, or with your favorite vegetables to make it … [Read more...]

Seasonal Potato Salad

Potato salad

  There is something charming about a good potato salad, full of vibrant flavors and textures, that always makes me feel at home. My mother loved to make several versions of these salads: sometimes she added lots of parsley and capers, which I found beyond delicious. Sometimes the salad was full of shallots, olives and hard-boiled eggs, … [Read more...]

Quick Cheese Bites For Easy Entertaining

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A  few days ago I bought some wonton wraps to make a sweet recipe, and as tends to be the case, I was left with several leftover wonton slices. I first wasn´t sure how to use them, but then I realized I had cheese and avocados in the fridge, and thought about one of my favorite hors d´oeuvre: tequeños. This inspired me to create this original fried … [Read more...]

#MeatlessMondays – Mushroom Stew (Estofado de Champiñones)

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Estofado de pollo (chicken stew) is one of the dishes Peruvian cooks make at home on a regular basis. This simple yet extremely tasty dish is healthy, satisfying, and easy to prepare, making it a favorite of people of all ages and backgrounds. Many countries have their own versions of a homey chicken stew, and we can't say the idea is 100% … [Read more...]