#MeatlessMondays – Pastel de acelga (Chard tart)

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Italians have always been famous for their cucina povera (poor cuisine), which simply means to make the most of anything the land gives and they can get a hold of. This type of cooking and eating was the natural result of the lack of jobs and scarce produce in some areas of the boot-shaped country. When Italians arrived in Peru over 100 … [Read more...]

#MeatlessMondays – Let thy food be thy medicine with this tasty artichoke tart

Artichoke tart

Artichokes are not only beautiful and complex on the outside, but they are also filled with deep inner beauty in the form of nutrition. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this, is the way Amelia, our cook, used to save the water in which she boiled artichokes, and drink it for its health benefits. "It's good for the liver," she … [Read more...]

#MeatlessMondays – Get strong as Popeye the Sailor with a crustless spinach tart

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Vegetable tarts, pies and gratins are an easy way to get those 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, without having to go out of your way. Without even knowing it, Peruvians got it right when they started introducing lots of these savory pastry recipes into their diet. Dishes such as pastel de acelga, pastel de alcachofa (the artichoke version of … [Read more...]

Pastel de acelga (Chard tart) – From Italy to Peru

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Italians have always been famous for their cucina povera (poor cuisine), which simply means to make the most from anything that comes to their hands or that the land gives. This type of cooking and eating was the natural result of the lack of jobs and scarce produce in some areas of the boot-like country. When Italians arrived in Peru over 100 … [Read more...]