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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.…

Pasta Salad with Shrimp is made the ‘Ceviche Style’ meaning at the base it’s a lemon marinated shrimp, pepper, onion and a tad of hot pepper served on quinoa pasta and fresh cilantro. There is no need to cook anything; just the noodles, the perfect summer meal! Living in Peru for a few months, one must learn how to make a good ceviche de camarones! It’s such an easy and light meal, perfect for summer. I made it Peruvian-style ceviche, and adding the Quinoa element was perfecting this dish. I came up with Pasta Salad with Shrimp ceviche style for a friend’s 40th birthday. She loves Peru so much and had a surprise party, potluck style. I wanted to make something special, extra Peru and this salad became my signature dish! Different Types of Ceviches In Peru, the proud land of ceviches, the Moche civilization (the guys before the Incas,…

The little brother drink of Pisco Sour, this version replaced the lime for passion fruit, also called Maracuya. Nothing is more pleasant than dipping your lips into this airy foam to reach this fruity Maracuya Sour cocktail! If a drink is waiting in paradise for our soul, Maracuya Sour would be it! A soft foamy, fruity drink with a touch of bitterness. There is no better drink, especially made with the actual fruit; Maracuya, also called passion fruit. So let’s do a deep dive into the specifics of this cocktail. Origin Pisco Sour is the pride of Peru, a type of Margarita made with pisco, lime, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and egg white. Well, this version is the same, but I exchanged the lime for Maracuya! Pisco is a type of grape-distilled spirit from Peru or Chile. It was produced by the Spanish settlers who wanted to recreate another spirit…

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