Archivo de la categoría: cocina peruana

Receta del Pisco Sour / Pisco Sour Recipe

 

3 onzas de Pisco / 3 oz de Pisco

1 onza de límon / 1 oz lemon

1 onza de jarabe de goma / 1 oz de Cane syrup

1 taza de hielo en cubos / 1 cup of glass

Licuar todos los ingredientes / Liquefy all ingredients

Agregar 1/3 de la clara de une huevo / add 1/3 white off the egg

Licuar 5 segundos / Liquefy 5 segundos

Servir con 2-3 gotitas de amargo de angostura o canela en polvo para decorar / Serve it with 2-3 drop of  amargo angostura or cinnamon powder for decoration

Salud ! / Cheers

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Dia del Pisco Sour – February First Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pisco sour

Desde el 2004, cada primer sábado de febrero se festeja a nivel nacional el Día del Pisco Sour. Sin duda alguna es una fecha que no pasa desapercibida y las opciones para celebrar no se hacen esperar. ¡Salud! (texto y foto MARCA PERU)

PISCO SOUR DAY, February First Saturday

 

Since 2004, Each first Saturday of February we celebrate at National level the Pisco Sour Day. Without doubt it’s not a trifling date and options to celebrate it  don’t keep waiting. Cheers ( Photo and text MARCA PERU)

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Perú fue elegido el Mejor destino culinario del mundo en los World Travel Awards

la cocian peruana mejor del mundo

La comida peruana ahora es reconocida como una de las mejores del mundo. Prueba de esto es que nuestro país fue elegido el Mejor destino culinario del mundo en los prestigiosos World Travel Awards.

Así, el Perú venció a China, Francia, India, Italia, Japón, Malasia, México, España, Tailandia y Estados Unidos, los cuales también competían por alzarse como el destino más sabroso.

Sin embargo, esta no es la única categoría en la que destacamos. Machu Picchu triunfó en la categoría Mejor destino verde del mundo. Además, la agencia de viajes Explorandes fue considera La mejor operadora de turismo ecológico del mundo.

Los premios se otorgaron en Nueva Delhi (India). Cabe indicar que estos galardones se entregan desde hace 19 años y reconocen a todos los sectores de la industria turística en el mundo.

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Peru’s fantastic food revolution (the Guardian) / La comida peruana revoluciona, según diario “The Guardian”

(CASTELLANO) Según el prestigioso medio europeo nuestros exóticos ingredientes y sus infinitas combinaciones producidas por renombrados chefs, han sorprendido reinventando lo clásico hasta el punto de convertir a Lima en la capital gastronómica de Sudamérica.

(ENGLISH) Against expectations, the sweet chunks of banana perfectly complemented the raw fish marinated in lime juice, onions, coriander and Peruvian yellow chillies. I was tasting a new sort of ceviche, the seafood salad served across Latin America, in Amaz, a new Amazonian restaurant opened by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Lima’s leading chefs. To a European palate, fruit with uncooked fish might seem outrageous but in Peru, it is logical. The banana replaces the steamed sweet potato commonly served with ceviche to soak up the tangy juices.

The creative take on Peruvian and jungle classics at Amaz (Avenida La Paz 1079, +51 1 221 9393, amaz.com.pe, £30 a head) means the simplest dishes – such as tacacho, mashed and fried green bananas, with cecina, dried pork, both Amazonian staples – drip with unexpected layers of flavour.

For most visitors to Peru, local fare used to mean roast guinea pig, nibbled en route to Machu Picchu. The idea of coming here specifically to eat would until recently have elicited bafflement, if not derision. But Peru, whose economy is booming, has come a long way in the past two decades, since the nadir of macroeconomic meltdown and a bombing campaign in Lima by Shining Path terrorists. Its cuisine has come even further.

Schiaffino is one of a generation of chefs who fled to train abroad before returning to reclaim their rich gastronomic heritage. To visit Schiaffino’s first restaurant, Malabar (Calle Camino Real 101, +51 1 440 5200 (malabar.com.pe), and those of Peru’s other top restaurateurs, Rafael Osterling and Gastón Acurio, is to hear a melting pot of Latin American accents, as foodies revel in this culinary revolution.

Acurio is the chef who kickstarted Peru’s gastronomic boom, seeking out ingredients and recipes from the humblest of cooks. Osterling’s flagship restaurant, Rafael (San Martín 300, +51 1 242 4149, rafaelosterling.com, from £35 a head), is regarded by some as Lima’s finest. A signature dish is suckling goat stewed in Madeira wine, served with tacutacu, Afro-Peruvian rice and beans, and fried plantains.

Peru has long had spectacularly original and varied cuisine, influenced by Italian, Chinese, Japanese, African and, of course, Spanish traditions, blended with techniques and flavours of indigenous foods. Disparate topography has provided Peruvian cooks with an unrivalled natural pantry, including tropical rainforest, the altiplano, and some of the world’s most prolific and diverse fish.

Traditionally, Peruvian cooking was enjoyed at home, while fancy restaurants offered foreign food. The change since the turn of the millennium has been breathtaking. Peruvians of all classes now take huge pride in their cuisine, while young people flock to study at a growing number of culinary schools.

“Other than our pre-Colombian heritage, food is our greatest source of national pride and identity,” says Ericka La Madrid, who runs Delectable Peru (+51 987 375867, delectableperu.com), which offers gastronomic tours of Lima from £40 a head.

Leader of the pack is Astrid y Gastón (175 Calle Cantuarias, +51 1 242 5387, astridygaston.com, from £35 a head), the award-winning restaurant founded in 1994 by Acurio and his German wife, Astrid Gutsche. Acurio’s championing of Peru’s street cuisine and small-scale farmers has given him rock-star status.

“Normally, good cooking is seen as elitist, but here it is the other way around,” he tells me. “There is no high cooking or low cooking here.”

Acurio says tourists should not get hung up on Lima’s burgeoning reputation for haute cuisine but try out more modest restaurants and street stands, where you can buy a menú (set meal) of two or three courses for as little as five soles (about £1.20). Typical fare might include papa a la huancaína, slices of boiled potato in a cheesy, yellow chilli sauce, estofado, a stew of chicken, tomatoes, peas and carrots, and steamed or fried fish.

If you’re set on eating guinea pig, try the version at Astrid y Gastón, which the menu describes as having visited Beijing before travelling to Shanghai. Rodent never tasted this good.

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Kultura Peru del mes, no te lo pierdas / Kulture in Peru, things to see

GILBERTO GIL ON SEPTEMBER 14TH IN LIMA


International Brazilian icon, singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil will be performing live in Lima’s Gran Teatro Nacional (National Grand Theater) this September. 9pm.

MISTURA 2012 FERIA DE COCINA EN LIMA / COOKING FAIR IN LIMA

More info / Más info here: http://www.mistura.pe/
http://elcomercio.pe/tag/309772/mistura-2012

TV ON THE RADIO TOCARA EN LIMA / TV ON THE RADIO WILL PLAY IN LIMA

Más info here

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Acidez, Calor e temperatura, las claves para lograr el mejor ceviche (English)

Aqui tienen un articulo muy interesante sacado en el Daily Herald y que explica (a nuestros amigos gringos) porque el mejor ceviche esta hecho en LAS COSTAS NORTEÑAS DE PERU! Da los factores principales para lograr el ceviche tradicional: acidez, calor e temperatura. Explican tambien que los maestros japoneses del sushi encontraron su inspiracion durante la ola de imigracion japonesa a Peru durante el siglo 19.

“Acid, heat and temperature: Keys to make the perfect seviche”, Daily Herald

Almost by instinct, many of us reach for something cool and acidic when the summer heat clings to our bodies like an X-ray apron, as if a glistening glass of lemonade or a tart gin rickey will neutralize the sun’s relentless attack. So why, then, is seviche not one of our common heat remedies, spoken of with the same thankful reverence reserved for gazpacho, the margarita and Key lime pie?

Allow me to venture a guess: It’s because too many seviches served in the States consist of chewy pieces of fish swimming in a pool of lukewarm lime juice. Such a poorly executed dish has all the appeal of leftover tilapia drowning in citrus-scented dishwashing liquid.

If anyone understands the call of seviche in scorching weather, it’s the Peruvians, those hardy souls who have built one of Latin America’s more robust economies in a rugged, mountainous, coastal country located just south of the Equator. Peru’s love affair with seviche is believed to predate Spanish conquistadors, who brought not only disease and mayhem to the Inca Empire in the 16th century, but also the limes that Peruvians would use to “cook” their raw fish. Apparently the lime’s high acid content proved a better partner for raw fish than the native sour oranges and tumbo fruits favored in pre-Hispanic times.

All of that is, though, ancient history as Eddy Ancasi and Javier Angeles-Beron gather at the subterranean bar inside Las Canteras, Ancasi’s Peruvian restaurant in Washington. Both men are chefs and natives of Peru; Ancasi was born in Arequipa, the country’s second-largest city, while Angeles-Beron hails from Lima, the nation’s capital and largest metropolis with a population of more than 7.5 million.

The chefs share similar views on what constitutes a traditional Peruvian seviche — as opposed to one found in Ecuador, which has its own history and approach to the dish — and the first thing they agree upon is the amount of time the fish should spend in the citrus marinade. If you review some English-language cookbooks dedicated to Peruvian cuisine, they will regularly tell you to marinate the fish for an hour, sometimes far longer. These kinds of directions generate disapproving looks from Peruvians.

If you marinate the fish longer than 15 minutes, says Ancasi, it is “going to become very hard, chewy, almost like rubber. You don’t want that.”

Nor do you want to freeze the fish before slicing it or let the fish reach room temperature before serving it. What you want is fresh, raw, cold seafood — preferably a firm whitefish such as flounder, halibut or even the much-maligned tilapia — cut into rough, bite-size chunks. These chunks should, ideally, sit in their citrus bath for 10 or 15 seconds only, says Angeles-Beron, a catering chef for Bon Appetit Management and former executive chef for Latin Concepts, the Washington group behind such restaurant-lounges as Chi-Cha and Gua-Rapo.

“You cook the outside just to get the color changed by the citrus,” Angeles-Beron says. Peruvian seviche, he adds, is “the art of eating raw fish that, with the right texture, doesn’t make you think you’re eating raw food.”

If such a philosophy toward seafood reminds you of sashimi/sushi, you’re not off base. Japanese immigrants began arriving in Peru in the late 19th century, and their culinary techniques (thinly sliced fish) and ingredients (yuzu citrus, soy sauce) eventually crept into modern interpretations of Peruvian seviches. Both the Japanese and Peruvian approaches to seafood value the texture and freshness of the fish (a lot of printer’s ink has been spilled gushing about the market-fresh fish at Peruvian sevicherias, which tend to close once the day’s catch has been exhausted). Both sushi and seviche probably grew out of early fish preservation techniques as well.

But the main difference between the two can be found in the first bite of each: Sushi masters want you to value the flavor of their high-grade fish. Peruvian chefs, by contrast, may incorporate “okay-to-great fish” in their seviches, says Angeles-Beron, but the seafood is not the sole focus. The combination of flavors is. “If the flavor is not right,” says Angeles-Beron, “it’s not good.”

The three principal elements of seviche are acid, heat and temperature. The acid comes courtesy of the limes, of course, although Peruvians favor tart Key limes instead of the Persian variety commonly found in the States. The heat is supposed to be supplied by either aji limo (a Peruvian’s first choice) or aji amarillo peppers. Because the former is almost impossible to find fresh in America and the latter’s supply can be spotty, chefs often fall back on habaneros or jalapenos. The switcheroo comes at a cost, however.

Like Arizona’s weather, says Angeles-Beron, aji limo peppers have a dry heat, which doesn’t linger on the tongue like the bite of a jalapeno or habanero does. When you stop eating the aji limo, he says, the heat stops. Each bite of seviche, then, is a fresh experience, not one built on the heat of the previous forkful.

Temperature is the final element, and perhaps the trickiest for novices to master. Sure, you could follow the Ecuadoran model and marinate your fish for hours in the refrigerator, achieving the desired chill without a sweat, but that wouldn’t be the Peruvian way. Careful prep, as usual, is key. You can press the lime juice several hours in advance before it starts losing acidity, so once you slice your fish (and any other marinade ingredients), you can add them immediately to the liquid in the nonreactive bowl and start stirring with a nonreactive spoon for the desired time, whether 15 seconds or 15 minutes. To keep the fish cool during this curing period, and to lower acidity, Peruvian chefs typically add a cube or two of ice, working to keep the temperature of the fish under 40 degrees.

Seviche garnishes can be a sore subject in Peru, particularly among traditionalists who draw a line between the original coastal seviches and those bastardized with ingredients from the Andes, such as sweet potatoes (often boiled with spices and served on the side) and those steroidal ears of white corn (also boiled and served on the side). But at least two garnishes are considered mandatory: cilantro and red onion. The latter should always be served as long, arcing slivers placed atop the seviche, not diced and sprinkled around the fish. Why?

“There’s no explanation for it,” says Angeles-Beron. It’s just Peruvian tradition, much like the slice of tomato on an American hamburger. You would never dice a tomato and sprinkle it on your burger, he suggests.

Once they have mastered the essentials of seviche, chefs, Peruvian and otherwise, often feel free to take the dish in wildly unexpected directions. The “Nikkei” cuisine movement in Peru, influenced by those Japanese immigrants, has added its own East Asian twists on the dish. But seviches now incorporate ingredients as diverse as watermelon, mushrooms, beef tenderloin, spinach pesto and duck, each one stretching and perhaps twisting the definition of “seviche” beyond recognition. (Incidentally, the Royal Spanish Academy dictionary defines seviche as “raw fish or seafood diced and prepared in a marinade of lime or sour orange juice.”)

But no matter how contorted seviche becomes, one practice remains immutable, at least in Peru. It’s the reason seviche comes with both a fork and spoon. After the seafood or main ingredient is gone, and all that’s left is the lime juice infused with natural juices and herbal flavors, locals take their spoon and attack that leche de tigre, or “tiger’s milk.”

“Peruvians would never leave one drop,” Ancasi says.

The juice is supposed to cure hangovers or act as an aphrodisiac, claims I have no way of validating. But I do know this: Acidic tiger’s milk, when paired with cool, fresh seafood, makes the summer a lot more bearable.

Spaniards traditionally have eaten sardines topped with minced onion or garlic. Peruvians added their own touches — hot peppers and lemon juice — and came up with this version. The tomatoes add a refreshing note.

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