Pachamanca a la Olla

Pachamanca a la Olla

Pachamanca a la Olla

Pachamanca n. an ancient Inca dish from the Andes of Peru, where meat and potatoes are cooked with herbs in an underground earth oven, from the Quechua “pacha” for earth, and “manca” for oven

Of all the dishes from the Andes of Peru, the Pachamanca is perhaps the most important, as its preparation is an homage to the goddess Pachamama, or Mother Earth. Traditionally, stones are heated over a fire and then buried in the ground with layers of meat, potatoes, and herbs, which are covered with plantain leafs and dirt. Then, after several hours of slow cooking, a ritual offering is presented to Mother Earth before the food is unearthed and served.
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An Afro-Peruvian Creole Feast at 18 Reasons

Afro-Peruvian Creole Feast

Afro-Peruvian Creole Feast

For the past two years, I’ve celebrated February 14 at 18 Reasons with a Peruvian pop-up dinner to cure a broken heart — a theme and healing menu inspired by a story from Peru’s Nobel Laureate author, Mario Vargas Llosa. This year, however, in honor of Black History Month, I wanted to create a menu that celebrated the culture of Black Peru —  I wanted to bring people together for a feast.
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Cau Cau (Peruvian Tripe Stew)

Cau Cau, Peruvian Tripe Stew

Cau Cau, Peruvian Tripe Stew

Cau Cau is one of many creole dishes popular in Afro-Peruvian kitchens, and is thought to have originated in Lima by cooks that out of necessity prepared offal recipes with tripe or beef heart. Today, Cau Cau is also prepared with chicken or fish, but here I present the traditional recipe with beef honeycomb tripe that my mom taught me how to cook.

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Pisco Sour Nikkei

Pisco Sour Nikkei

Pisco Sour Nikkei

Without question, the Pisco Sour is my favorite cocktail. I tell my friends that it is for sentimental reasons, but what I am really referring to is that I had my first Pisco Sour when I was 10 years old. And whether we are celebrating National Pisco Sour Day on the first Saturday of February or not, I often find myself experimenting with Pisco Sour variations.

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