December 19, 2008

Inca Kola: "the drink of Peru"



One of the most emblematic brands in Peru, Inca Kola is a comercial drink that stands as a pride symbol for the peruvians. It is also known as Inca Cola or "the Golden Kola", and it's a soft drink with a sweet soft flavor from a herb called "Hierba Luisa". It was made by the Lindley family in Rimac, Lima in 1910, and today the brand is 60% owned by The Coca-Cola Company.

It's important to say that Inca Kola is common in parts of South America, and while it has not enjoyed major success elsewhere, it can be found in Latin American specialty shops worldwide. This delicious soda is yellowish-gold in color, and sold in glass and plastic bottles of various sizes and a can of the same color with an Inca theme.

Inca Kola Ingredients
The company has released public information about the ingredients:
  • Carbonated water
  • high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose
  • citric acid
  • sodium benzoate (to protect taste)
  • caffeine
  • artificial and natural flavors











December 04, 2008

Recipe: Bistec a lo Pobre


There is a very particular and delicious way to prepare steaks in Peru. Try the "Bistec a lo Pobre" and you will understand what we are talking about.

Ingredients:
  • 4 sirloin steaks cut to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika to taste
  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 packet Sazon seasoning (optional)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 extra large eggs

Preparation

The first step is to rub the steaks with the garlic. Season with the salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan. Add the onions and potatoes and sprinkle with salt, pepper and the Sazon, if using. What's more, saute the onions and potatoes over medium to medium-high heat, until very tender, about 10 minutes. I find it helpful to cover the pan for the first several minutes and finish it uncovered. Remember to remove to a serving platter and keep warm.

And in the same pan, sear the steaks on each side and cook them until they are done to your liking. Add a little more oil if you need to. Set them aside with the potatoes and onions. Continue to keep warm.

The eggs must be fried, sunny side up, in a nonstick pan. Leave the yolks soft and runny. Lay one egg on top of each steak. Finally, serve all together.


Recipe: Suspiro a la Limeña (Lima style Sigh)

The Suspiro is a traditional Peruvian dessert from the coastal cities. The preparation is easy and very simple, yet the flavour is outstanding.

Ingredients
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 beaten egg yolks
  • 2 beaten egg white
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Preparation

1. In the first place, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and egg yolks in a saucepan. Then place over medium-low heat and gently cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, about 30 minutes. Pour into a heatproof serving dish and set aside.

2. Remember to whip the egg whites with confectioners' sugar to stiff peaks. Spread meringue on top of milk mixture. Refrigerate until cold, for 3 hours. Finally. sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.


December 03, 2008

Peruvian Cuisine: The Project


Sitting in front of a delicious ceviche, Julio - the founder of Kiniro and all of the following projects - thought of a web that would spread the peruvian cuisine taste all over the world. That was the first step for the creation of this web site, which is now one of the most important sites dedicated to the gastronomy in Peru.

With the right tools and knowledge, we made "Peruvian Cuisine" the most prominent and ambicious project of its kinds. And it's a pleasure for me to invite every peruvian cheff, student, restaurant owner and tourists in general, to enjoy and participate of it. Buen provecho!

About Peru, a marvellous place


Charming, magical and culturally rich, Peru is a large territory country located in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

In fact, this land was home to the Chavin and Mochica civilizations, some of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America.

The Spanish Kingdom reach these lands to conquer the region in the 16th century. The King established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, July 28th, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic success.

Info and Facts:

Capital city: Lima
Important cities: Trujillo, Piura, Cuzco, Arequipa
Official languages: Spanish
Independence declaration: July 28th, 1821
Land surface area: 1,285,220 km²
Population estimate: 29,180,900
Currency: Nuevo Sol
Currency symbol: S/.
Time zone: PET (UTC-5)
Car traffic: Drives on the right
Internet TLD: .pe
International Calling code: 51