Causa en lapa is a mashed potato and salted fish dish commonly served during Holy Week, a time when many Catholics in Peru abstain from eating red meat. It is typically served for lunch, the largest meal of the day in Peruvian culture. Anatalia Gonzalez … Continue reading Recipes from Peru: Causa en Lapa
In the Perú: Pachamama program’s El Fogón Kitchen, Ayacucho quinoa farmers Ana Ccahuin Berrocal and Ives Gálvez Huamán demonstrated one of the countless ways in which seemingly bland quinoa seeds can create delectable dishes. The women prepared mazamorra de quinua, a pudding-like dish which can … Continue reading Recipes from Peru: Mazamorra de Quinua
Long regarded as the national spirit of Peru, pisco is a grape brandy whose unique flavor and fragrance unites the European vine, the sunshine of Peru’s southern coast, and the wisdom of potters who create the jars in which the drink is stored. It dates back … Continue reading Pisco: The Spirit of Peru
Last year, my father went to Peru for research. He came back with a myriad of anecdotes, one of which really caught my attention: “We went into a small restaurant, which was almost a kitchen, and my cousin ordered a cuy. The lady, knife in … Continue reading Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? It’s Cuy!
Editor’s note: At the 2014 Folklife Festival, we featured artwork, craft activities, and cooking demonstrations based on Chinese New Year celebrations. The Lunar New Year is observed far beyond China, however; intern Jennifer Suh reports on her family’s celebration of the holiday in South Korea. … Continue reading Lunar New Year in South Korea
Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns Whenever I travel to New York or Philadelphia, I make time to go to their Chinatowns to get the best bubble tea, roasted chicken, and barbecued pork, without costing me a fortune. Many Chinese Americans continue to go back … Continue reading Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 2: Food
During Thanksgiving of my sophomore year of college, my friends from Hong Kong and I visited Chicago. Our first meal was Chinese food at a restaurant in Chinatown. Similar to other expats and immigrants who have gravitated toward Chinatowns across the United States, we were … Continue reading Discovering Chinese Heritage, Part 1: Chinatowns