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Peruvian Cooking Class – Dinner

After landing in Lima on my Peru travels, one of the first orders of business was scheduling a Peruvian cooking class. Natalya had taken a class with Sky Kitchen when she was in Lima several years ago and she highly recommended it. She took the class with the lunch dishes, which she wrote about here: … Continue reading

Picarones

Picarones is Peruvian dessert that is commonly sold on the streets of Peru.  The squash and sweet potato are puréed and mixed into a dough, which is then deep fried into doughnuts, and served with a syrup made from molasses.  The flavor is so unique due to the squash and sweet poato, and its sweetness … Continue reading

Lomo Saltado

When I first arrived in Peru, I was surprised to see all the Chinese eateries all over Lima.  I had not realized how large the Chinese immigrant population in Peru was, or rather, how much influence Chinese culture had on Peruvian cuisine.  Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the current population, although it is … Continue reading

Ceviche

Ceviche is an extremely popular coastal seafood dish in Central and South America.  It is made with raw  fish that is “cooked” in citrus juices (lime or lemon) and spiced with aji (chili peppers).   It is often mixed with onions and served with complementing sides, such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain. The origins … Continue reading

Causa

Causa is a unique Peruvian dish made of potatoes (shocker, I know) that are mashed and seasoned with key lime, onion, chili, and oil.  The mashed potatoes are then layered with a variety of stuffings, such as avocado, chicken, canned tuna, or shellfish.  This potato salad “cake” is usually served cold.  Causa is very popular … Continue reading

Balinese Cooking Class

Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations with its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, lush rice terraces, cultural and historical attractions, and top diving and surfing spots… this paradise has something for everyone! The first time I traveled to Bali was in 2008 with Natalya, during which we did plenty of the “touristy … Continue reading

Tum Ayam (Minced Chicken in Banana Leaf)

Tum Ayam is another popular Balinese dish that is cooked in the same method as Pepes Ikan (steamed fish version) and otak-otak.  To prepare this dish, minced chicken is mixed together with flavorful spices and coconut milk, wrapped snugly in banana leaves, and then is steamed or grilled. We used the recipe below during my … Continue reading

Base Be Siap (Spice Paste for Chicken)

This spice paste was made for Tum Ayam (Minced Chicken in Banana Leaf) during my Balinese Cooking Class. Base Be Siap — Spice Paste for Chicken (recipe by I Nyoman Sudiyasa of Sate Bali) Ingredients: 4 shallots, peeled 26 cloves garlic, peeled 1 inch Kencur root, peeled and chopped 1.5 inch laos, peeled and chopped 10 … Continue reading