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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Recipe: Churros with Hot Chocolate Sauce

All over Spain, Portugal, and Latin America you are likely to come across the deliciously naughty treats called “churros”. Like doughnuts, but different in shape and texture, they are the ideal street-food dessert, beautifully simple but utterly delicious. Churros with Chocolate Sauce 125g self-raising flour 125g plain flour 2 tbsp of olive oil pinch of…

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Recipe: Smoked Haddock Ceviche

The beauty of ceviche is that once you know how to make one type, you can be as creative as you like with the fish ingredients. As a lover of smoked fish, I thought I’d try making a traditional style ceviche but use smoked haddock instead of the usual unsmoked white fish. I was hoping…

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Recipe: Dulce de Leche Alfajores

In Argentina, I think it’s fair to say that other than steak and empanadas, the sweet and sickly dulce de leche is one of the most commonly-found foodstuffs. The thick and sugary caramel is a deliciously naughty treat used in all type of desserts and pastries around Argentina. You might be served it at breakfast…

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Recipe: Peruvian Quinoa Stew

With a recent health-kick in place, I’ve been on a much healthier, veg-filled diet. Even if it only lasts the week, it still counts! Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but when I was in Peru, I didn’t get the impression that Peruvian people were all that health conscious; local everyday meals tended to involve…

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National Ceviche Day

Ceviche Mixto  To mark Peru’s National Ceviche Day, I made my flatmate and I a celebratory dinner. Ceviche Mixto: fish, mussels and prawns. A little fancier than my basic ceviche dishes with the mixed seafood. Colourful, zesty and refreshing, it was the perfect meal for a hot sunny day. 150g of filleted white fish (e.g….

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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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Recipe: Tarta Primavera

For me, a quiche is a great Springtime treat. Sometimes there’s nothing more tempting than a warm homemade quiche with a fresh salad. South Americans, even with their love of pastries, don’t necessarily share a European’s love for quiche. A quiche or tarta might not be the most common meal, but is more likely to be…

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