Recipe: Ensalada Rusa from Spain and Peru

I recently returned from a trip to sunny Barcelona, where I came across a familiar salad or tapa that I had come across in South America: Ensalada Rusa.  Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad) is a potato salad dish, most commonly eaten in Spain, made with peas, carrots, peppers, olives and tuna. However, this potato salad is enjoyed all over Europe, the…

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Recipe: Summer Quinoa

My friend recently sent me a clip of Graham Norton quizzing Gwyneth Paltrow on her “Leftover Quinoa” recipe, calling it “a cross between couscous and cat litter”. Whilst it was marginally amusing to watch Graham mock Gwyneth’s super healthy cookery, I just wanted to ask him: where the hell have you been getting your quinoa, Graham?…

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Ceviche, Soho

I have a dream…a dream where South American food is craved by the British public and is firmly set within the British psyche. We’re taking our time, but the UK is finally starting to take an interest in the latest international cuisine to find itself higher up on the food agenda. There’s definitely still a long way…

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Recipe: Refried Beans

Beans are a common ingredient in all Latin American cooking, and refried beans are particularly popular in Central America, made famous from classic Mexican food. As a great vegetarian replacement for meat in quesadillas, fajitas, or served as a side, I’ve been dying to make my own refried beans. Typically, refried beans are made from…

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