Hot Spiced Apple Punch for Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.

It’s bonfire night on Monday!! It’s one of my favourite days of the year, but sadly I won’t be in England to celebrate and watch all the fireworks. However, I can share a warming recipe for those who’ll be standing out in the cold lighting the bonfires and watching the displays over the weekend and on Monday night. Continue reading

Fiestas Patrias! Feliz 28 de Julio Perú!

Happy Fiestas Patrias!

Today is Peru’s Independence Day; 192 years of independence to be precise! And with this national holiday already in full swing, I bet you are thinking ‘What can I do to join in the fun?’. Well there is plenty going on in Lima, the rest of Peru, and even across the pond, so if you feel like celebrating, here are a few ways to enjoy and celebrate a great nation!

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Festival Puro Picarón

Picarones are a doughnut shaped fried dessert made primarily from a squash or sweet potato batter, covered in a type of syrup. The batter (see picture 2) is taken and made into round doughnut shapes and fried (see picture 3). They are fished out of the hot oil by a long pole and left hanging, to drip the excess fat back into the pan (see picture 1). They are then put onto a plate and drizzled with chancaca syrup.

They are ridiculously tasty.

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