Menu: Peru (with $150 Giveaway)

There’s a Peruvian proverb that reads… “Gold, when beaten, shines.”

This simply means it takes a little elbow grease to make even gold look good. As with most things in life, the more effort we put in, the better things go. I’ve been trying to teach this important lesson to Ava, especially when the going gets tough. Not everything is as instantaneous as twitter or as fun as facebook.

Incidentally, I’ve been using this proverb as I prepare to deliver a speech tonight in front of 350 people at the Global Vision Dinner here in Tulsa, put on by the Tulsa Global Alliance. I’m excited but scared. I’ve never spoken in front of that many people before.  Keep me in your hearts – I’ll need strength to let my message shine.

And, now, for the food of Peru, which (thankfully) shines with hardly any effort on our part. Especially that delectable ceviche…

…all recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Ceviche [Recipe]
Find out why one Peruvian calls this the dunkin donuts of Peru. Our ceviche is made with halibut, a blend of lemon and lime juices, fresh ginger, a pinch of cumin, and rocoto peppers.

Chifa Beef Stirfy | Lomo Saltado [Recipe]
Chinese and Peruvian cuisine unite in this stirfried beef seasoned with garlic and cumin, vineger and soy sauce. The very Peruvian way to serve it? With French fries and rice. Double carbs all the way.

Peruvian Tiramisu [Recipe]
The secret to one of Peru’s favorite desserts is lucuma, a fruit that tastes like sweet potato and caramel. Perfect for autumn.


TO ENTER: Follow these 3 easy steps for creating your dream “My Global Table” pinboard… and be sure to link to your pinboard at the bottom of this post. That’s it!

Note: You must be a member of to enter, and you must be following Global Table Adventure’s Pinterest pages . If you do not have a Pinterest account, you can sign up for one here . Please link to your pinboard in the comments below.

You must create the Pinboard to be entered, but for bonus entries, comment here how you’d spend the $150, share the contest on Twitter and on Facebook.

Easy peasy!

This contest launched August 22, 2012 and ends November 18, 2012 at Midnight.

A special word…

I’m proud to have Saffron Road as a partner, supporting our Adventure to eat the world. I love that we share similar values… just read what they have to say about the food they make:

We know that great food begins at the farm, so we source our ingredients from only the finest producers available. It’s no coincidence that we buy from small sustainably run family farms. All of our livestock are humanely raised with 100% vegetarian feed and are never given antibiotics. Our halal tradition demands their proper care and welfare.


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  1. I am sure you will do a great job tonight, you are so passionate about what you do. But will think of you!

  2. I do all of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods…this would be almost 2 weeks worth of food for our family.

  3. I shared on facebook.

  4. I have SO many of your recipes pinned, I’m surprised I didn’t have a Global Table board already!

  5. I totally spend $150 on wine and cheese. For real.

  6. My board:

    $150 would help me stock my pantry with all the fun spices and other global ingredients that I usually can’t afford to buy!

  7. Soooo sorry I missed this great menu! My only consolation is eating ceviche last night at Mi Tierra. In honor of the Chifa food, here’s a song called “My China Lola”. It’s by some small-town Peruvian rock group using traditional instruments. Good luck tonight!

  8. I would stock up on all sorts of goodies that we usually save for special occasions! Fancy chocolate, spices, etc

  9. Went to Peru for my honeymoon. Have so many wonderful food memories from there. Among other memories ;-)
    my board:

  10. Of course, she did fine tonight. At times I couldn’t hear her because the man next me was going on
    about her blog to the person next to him. Here’s to more events and speeches like that for us.

  11. I have so many things i’d buy!!

  12. I didn’t use Pinterest before this, but everyone kept telling me to do it so I guess this blog post was my catalyst ;)

    I’d use the money to support my honey-eating habit! And probably to help with the rent :D

  13. I would spend the $150 on the bakery section cookies, the homemade pasta, the peanut butter from the machines, cheeses and some snacks.

  14. I’d spend the money on fresh veggies, soy milk & healthy snacks.

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