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Originating from the mountainous regions of Peru, Chicha Morada is a traditional alcohol-free beverage crafted from purple corn, pineapple peel, cinnamon and cloves. This delightful concoction is highly customizable, going from healthy to sweet. Despite its roots in Latin America, it is a delicious drink that deserves recognition worldwide. Chicha Morada holds a higher level of popularity in Peru than Coca-Cola. While it’s available in various forms, such as bottled, powdered, or gel, nothing compares to authentic homemade juice. Crafting it at home is surprisingly easy; the most challenging part may be sourcing dry purple corn (maíz morado), typically found at your local Latino market. If not available locally, you can likely find it online, ensuring it’s from Peru as they have the unique entirely purple cob. Particularly favoured among children, there’s also an adult version called Chicha de Jora, which includes alcohol, offering a different twist for the grown-ups.…

Healthy Corn Chowder with aged cheddar as a topping is a great way to use those leftovers of corn or do something different with it. This creamy and cheesy soup with saline herbs will close the summer on a high note! Corn season is finally here, and what better way to celebrate the season than a healthy corn chowder with a topping of aged cheddar? The days are getting slowly colder and shorter, and we must comfort ourselves with hot soup. Where I’m from, Quebec, Canada, everyone knows that the “best” corns are from that small town called Neuville between Quebec City and Montreal. If they pass by, you “must” stop to get at least one Gigantesque bag. Once home, we would eat corn until food coma follows, whether by boiling it or grilling it in its leaves (technique below), but here is another way to use that lovely sweet…

A traditional family dinner that is part of every French Canadian table is the famous ‘paté chinois.’ A three-layered pie of ground meat followed by corn and topped with mashed potatoes. This version has a Spanish flair with extra paprika, garlic, and thyme. Paté Chinois / French Canadian Shepherd’s pie is a typically French Canadian meal… Created by British railroad workers, in the 19th century, as an imitation of the famous “cottage pie” (beef, lamb and mashed potatoes). The dish was an imminent “hit,” at least, for the “on-site” railroad workers, including many French Canadians and Chinese workers. The French brought it back home and called it: Chinese paté… which has nothing to do with China… The “paté chinois” differs from the cottage pie or shepherd’s pie mainly because the corn layer in the middle was a cheap and easy ingredient. For the majority, this is the meal every household does…

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