As the second part of my Bulmers week, I decided to go all vegan. Quinoa is a very usual ingredient in our kitchen. There isn’t a Peruvian household without it.
Many people don’t know about red quinoa though. Red Quinoa is a more crunchy and exotic kind of it. Normally cooked with broth or water but why not Cider.
When I think of Cider, everyone thinks of apple cider with ice in a summer day, but not about a cooking ingredient, and less a vegan ingredient.
Berlin is hot, hot, super hot at the moment. Having a toddler 24/7 and this heat makes me so unproductive and lazy. But as I need to get some things done, I decided to go pick up my new WMF pots in West Berlin with the help of a friend. (He is tall enough to carry the big boxes)
But on our way back, we got a bit hungry, so I thought why not make a quick Gazpacho? It was pretty late so my kitchen was kind of dark but still wanted to share this with you.
I try to reduce my dairy intake as much as i can, I love ice cream and that can be a problem. I thought vegan ice couldn't be as good as regular one until I went with Ailine to the new vegan ice cream place in Kollwitzkiez called Tribeca, and they convinced me. I had a lucuma quinoa ice cream and I loved it.
I thought maybe I can recreate that at home and it wasnt so easy. After 4 batches, I finally got the perfect ingredients and amounts. I have no churn at home, so that was the tricky part. Be creamy without having that machine. (And don't taste like coconut) So at the end, I decided on Cashews for the base of it.
No, I am not turning Vegan. But Netflix is mean/good to my diet. I started watching all these documentaries about meat and milk lately and following the example of my Vegan besties Ailine and Sophia, I decided to become "4-days-a-week-vegan" to lower my meat intake. I stopped having cow milk, cheese and yoghurt in my fridge as well.
Turmeric is plant from the family of ginger. We use it a lot in peruvian kitchens but we kinda give it for granted. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, the doctor told him about the amazing properties of turmeric or curcuma, so I decided to research more about it. Turmeric helps the liver and prostate, prevents different kinds of cancer (colon, pancreas, prostate, skin, liver and lung), IBS, Crohns Disease, colitis, joint pain, and some more.
For me, Turmeric is the new matcha. In my trips to Asia I noticed it was a main ingredient on countries with lowest cancer risk. So I started thinking how can we use more turmeric in our daily life?
In Peru, when we have unused potatoes, we make turmeric potatoes. a delicious recipe that makes an amazing side dish. And as turmeric is almost like the best medicine ever. I had to share it with you.
The holidays are over and I promised myself never to eat again... I ate WAY too much of too good food. From norwegian Pinekjøtt, swedish xmas meatballs, pork, stuffed turkey... you name it. Chirtsmas food is great but is great for just one time in the year.
Though since I am back home and on an 8-week-diet before Our big trip to Vietnam, I got nostalgic. Xmas nostalgic. Missing friends and family, and somehow the food. So I made this Soup containing ingredients of xmas love. It has very little calories and it is delicious.
Lately I got from a friend a whole box of apples and pears from his parents place in Swabia. I have been thinking what to do with them besides compote or juice them all. I always buy spread at my near whole food store but I always wanted to make my own. It takes longer to make but is way cheaper and I can choose which ingredients to use.
Mein thing, this spread is really easy to make and you can use rests of vegatables or fruits you have waiting for you in your fridge... Dare to try things like "Mango and yellow curry" or "Pineapple and red peppers"
While attending "The Art of Plating" workshop at Berlin Food Week, I sat next to Su from Fraeuleinchenand we discussed if cooking in a dishwasher was a Fad or Not. So why not give it a try?
Actually, cooking in a dishwasher makes sense as long as you have a hermetic container. You can use Weck Jars, Mason Jars or as I did, Baby Food Jars. The dishwasher heats the water to a certain temperature and it stays at the same during the whole cycle... That means it is great for poaching!
Sometimes you wake up a little bit later than your friends only to find your timeline and a group chat talking about a new hype. Last Monday, Sophia, Maria & Kai (from IN SEARCH OF) & My Bestie, Foodie and awesome photographer Ailine were thrilled talking about Poke and how we should do a "cookalong" on saturday. I jumped to my mac and started the research.
Poke has nothing to do with Pokemon Go, but is hyping almost as much. Poke (pronounced Poukai) is not Japanese but Hawaiian and is a fish salad! Though the seasonings are very influenced by japanese cuisine. Traditionally, it was just raw fish dipped in Soy Sauce and wasabi, but nowadays it has evolved (get the poke joke?)
And how do we poke? it is easy! You start with a BASE of rice or salad then comes the FISH of choice with or without marinade, followed by TOPPINGS of your choice. It almost feel like making Fro-Yo.
Sorry for my long absence. I was often in the hospital and My daughter, Pepa Carlota, was born this May. A newborn baby is loads of work, and even more for a single mom like myself.
I was in the mood for peruvian and there is nothing easier to make than an Arroz Chaufa. That is my favorite chinese-peruvian fusion dish. We used to have this when we had rice leftovers at home. But I was browsing my facebook timeline and someone said that Aymara made a version with quinoa instead of rice, and I had to try that at home.
Here you can find all my fave recipes, from oldies to paleo and from family secrets to restaurant inspired gems.