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: 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...]

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...]

Menu: Bolivia

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This is going to be a good week. We're going to eat Bolivian and ... are you ready for it??? ... the evil kidney stone is gone!!! I'll spare you the picture Keith put on his Facebook wall, not because it isn't cool - it is - but mostly because the gross factor is 1 million - you would all run away and never come back. The simple fact that he shared his 5 mm monster with the world just goes to show he's feeling better. Unfortunately, no sooner had I gotten my spunky husband back than he had to … [Read more...]