Pastel de Choclo: Típico Chileno

On an early Saturday morning, my boyfriend’s dad picked me up so that I could try my hand at Pastel de Choclo, a dish that might qualify as the country’s favorite. While not necessarily difficult, it’s a darn long process, and you have to pay attention. Lucky for me, there is no better teacher than…

Look ma, no cans! Thanksgiving in Chile

Well, all cards on the deck, I did buy 2 cans of cranberry sauce and I didn’t make the bread that I used in the stuffing. But, other than that, I not only made my first Thanksgiving, but I made it all from scratch, and I introduced about 15 lucky friends to our American tradition.…

The [option] of healthy living

Moving back here, I was looking forward to coming back to a place where eating healthy wasn’t so hard. There’s a general lack of processed foods, an abundance of fruits and veggies, fresh bread… it’s pretty easy to stay healthy. Coming back here, I was barraged with the westernization that has crept its way into…

Cooking Challenges

Cooking is more difficult when you have to make the chicken stock, soak and season the beans, and use all fresh everything because nothing is ready prepared…. But my spicy veggie soup over rice was a hit ;) What I put in the soup: black beans, garbanzo beans, onions, carrots, green peppers, corn, lots of…

Ceviche de Camaron

One of the best ceviche I have ever had. Made by my friend Richy, a recipe from Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Soak the shrimp in lemon juice, fine mustard, coarse pepper, and a little water. Grate a bunch of tomatoes so they are almost paste-like. Cut a bunch of purple onions and green peppers into fine slices…

Encebollada de Atun

Two of my friends are Ecuadorian and cook pretty amazing food. Here’s our encebollada – a traditional Ecuadorian soup. This one is made with tuna. The toppings are “pickled” onions – soaked in lemon juice and some spices for a couple hours – and tostones – plaintain chips. Here’s a similar recipe: http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/03/01/encebollado-de-pescado-or-tuna-soup/