Monday Meal Review: Bolivia

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This is meal #21/195 as we cook and eat our way around the world. Our Bolivian Global Table used in-season produce and simple, home-style cooking. My biggest challenge this week was getting what I needed from the store. I went 4 times and still had to borrow a half cup of frozen peas from my neighbor and friend. Thankfully she had some or I'd have to load Ava back into the car for yet another trip to the store. I don't know for sure, but I'm willing to bet it was a full moon because on my … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Peanut Soup (La Sopa de Mani)

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Serves 4 Bolivian peanut soup is a delightful way to serve up good old fashioned meat and potatoes. Cook this soup gentle and slow. If you do, the beef will be moist and tender and the potatoes will bursting with the flavor of their juices. The most unusual part of this soup is biting into the occasional crunchy peanut. Serve with Bolivian Hot Sauce. Ingredients: olive oil (or peanut oil) 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp cumin 1 lb beef, cubed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Baked Milk Custard (Leche Asada)

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Serves 4-6 Leche Asada is super easy and quick to put together. This recipe makes about 6 small ramekins or one large (1 1/2 quart) for family-style eating. You may want to set the custard in a water bath to make the cooking process more gentle. This will produce a very creamy, flan-like texture. Even without this step, this makes a great - dare I say - weeknight dessert. Ingredients: 6 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups milk Method: Preheat oven to 350F Crack 6 eggs into a large mixing … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Serves 4 Even my husband ate this vegan salad up. Perhaps because it was a lot like a fresh salsa in an avocado bowl, instead of the "rabbit food" salad he is used to. Serve slightly chilled (cold takes away from the flavors - you won't be able to taste the buttery avocado as well.) Make the tomato mixture several hours ahead if you want. Ingredients: 2 avocados, halved and pitted minced red onion, to taste 2 small tomatoes 2 sprigs fresh parsley, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Corn on the cob with fried cheese

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Makes 1 serving Kids and adults will love this fun side dish. Even after frying, Queso Blanco holds its shape; if you would prefer the cheese to melt down the sides of the corn try mozarella. This dish was inspired by the Bolivian Plato Paceño. Ingredients: 1 ear of corn 1 slice of queso blanco Method: 1. Set a pot of water to boil and cook husked corn until done. 2. Meanwhile, fry cheese in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are golden brown (or darker, … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bolivian Video

Learn about Bolivian Chuños, freeze dried potatoes that have a shelf life of ten years. These things are incredible. And I'm not sure if I mean that in a good or a bad way. What do you think? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHekHgFIKHM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHekHgFIKHM Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bolivia (with Poll)

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The highs and lows of Bolivian cuisine In the highlands the people enjoy potato, corn, cheese, and spicy hot food. In the lowlands, they navigate towards bananas, maize, rice, and cassava. Mama Spud... The domestic potato, known to the Incans as Mama Jatha ("Mother of Growth"), was first cultivated high in the Andes mountains near Lake Titicaca about 7,000 years ago. Today this area straddles Bolivia and Peru. It's Potato O'clock! The ancient Inca used the potato to measure time. Boy: … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Recipe and information about Llajua (Bolivian Hot Sauce)

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If you want to eat like a Bolivian, I highly recommend you try Llajua.  Bolivians happily splash this liquid fire over their meals as casually as Americans use ketchup - perhaps even more profusely. The stuff goes on everything - from soup to grilled meat, boiled vegetables, savory pies (like the Salteña), and more. The heat originates from the locato pepper, rated between 30k and 100k on the Scoville Unit. From what I gather, the locoto is like a mild habanero. Ha. Mild. Habenero. What an … [Read more...]