Atrapalo is running Lima Restaurant Week again until Sunday the 9th of April and from every set menu sold they will donate a percentage to helping the victims of the floods and landslides here in Peru.
Even though this week has mainly been grey and cold, today has shown signs that a little summer is still here in Lima with its beautiful blue sky and fierce sunshine. I sit typing with a G&T in hand, just as any English citizen would be when the temperature passes 17 degrees! Our dogs are out on the terrace, basking in the rays and sleeping a lot, which is just what you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
This month I have been excitedly planning our winter holiday, which may be including a trip to the happiest place in the world (erm…thats Disney World), and therefore I have reverted to being a child at the prospect of this! I may have watched three Disney films already this week….
What else has been happening this month you ask? Well, let’s take a look at some of the awesomeness that Lima had to offer in May.
THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN…….
Seeing as the blog is taking a trip across the ocean and back to my homeland of Britain, I thought it only right to make my first post a Peruvian one.
Virgilio Martinez is a well known Peruvian chef and opened an extremely successful restaurant here in Lima called Central, which is currently ranked at number 15 in the world and number 1 in Latin America. Fortunately for the UK, he took his skills to London and opened Lima which has also been a huge success and has even received a highly coveted Michelin Star. Lima has been so successful in London that Virgilio recently opened a second restaurant in Covent Garden called Lima Floral.
I was lucky enough in December last year to be able to visit the original Lima restaurant, just off of Oxford Street in the heart of London (thanks Dad!!)
What do you get if you cross quinoa with one of my favourite sandwiches?
A really kick ass salad, that’s what.
I have wanted to make a quinoa salad for a while, but there were so many options and I just couldn’t decide what flavour combination would work best. But after a major craving for a bacon and avocado sandwich, I thought ‘hold the phone’, this could be the basis of an awesome salad! I love BLT sandwiches (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato), I love bacon and avocado sandwiches, and I love a good salad. And that is how the BLTA quinoa salad was born. It’s super simple and really tasty, and do not miss out the squeeze of limón at the end, it really ties everything together.
I would just like to apologise for the picture below, it is really quite awful, but I had to take it with my phone (my camera had gone walkabout) and it’s all a bit blurry. Normally it takes OK photos, but clearly it (or I) was having a bad photo day!
(A quick note: cook the quinoa in advance of when you want to eat, as it needs to cool after it has cooked before you assemble the salad.)
It’s winter here, and the thing I seem to want most is warm comfort food. Pasta bakes, shepherds pie, toasted sandwiches…..you get the gist. Soups are amazing in this weather, because they heat you right up. Crema de Zapallo (squash soup) is one of my favourites, but I also love quinoa soup. Warming, full of flavour, and very, very good for you. It contains soft fluffy quinoa, a rainbow of vegetables, a little bit of chilli, and a good broth. This dish used to either warm us up at night on the Inca Trail or keep us going during the day. It is eaten a lot by Peruvians during the cold nights in the Andes. Continue reading