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January 2014

Monthly Archives January 2014

Pataska, Local Flavor in Atacama

Category: Hiroko's Blog

pataskapataska 2I have to taste local flavors wherever I travel. So, I always ask the same question to the locals and guides whom I meet. “Give me the name of local dishes which I should try”. When I was in Atacama ‘Patasca’ was the only, must try dish, and everyone was recommending the restaurant called Las Delicias de Carmen. Pataska is a stewed dish, in which chewy large corn (known as Hominy corn in America), potato, pork and red pepper are cooked together...

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Tierra Atacama

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Chef Francisco Valencia is the executive chef at 5 star hotel, Tierra AtacamaTA dinner. Chef Valencia uses local ingredients and prepare dishes in a simple, light and delightful way. Some of the dishes which I loved are beet soup, wild bore steak, seafood soup, quinoa salad, pasta with mushroom sauce….. The hotel has a garden, in which vegetables and fruits are farmed organically. Bean, arugula, asparagus, beet, zucchini, peach, melon, …and more...

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Atacama No. 2: Ricarica

Category: Hiroko's Blog

ricaricasherbet

Wherever I travel abroad I love to discover local medicinal greens and glasses. I asked Martin to make sure to show me if he spotted any of such greens or glasses on our expedition. On our way to Valle de la Luna Martin stopped the driver in the middle of hot dessert and let me out of the van. He pointed low small bushes and called it ‘ricarica’. Noticeably minty, rosemary-like flavor with a slight astringency and acidity exploded in my mouth, when I chewed it...

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Not Food but Valle de la Luna

Category: Hiroko's Blog

valle de la lunaVisiting Valle de la Luna reminded me of this hilarious conspiracy. The below is from WIKIPEDIA.

“The Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA and members of the other organizations. Various groups and individuals have made such conspiracy claims since the mid-1970s...

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Food Notes from Chile

Category: Hiroko's Blog

TheĀ visit to Atacama, the driest hot salt dessert, and snow and glacier covered Patagonia in Chile, was an amazing experience. Here are some of the food related notes from this trip, which I want to share with you. I will post one after another in series.

Atacama No. 1: Chanar and Algarrobo

Look for Chanar (Geoffroea decorticans) and Algarrobo (Prosopis chilensis) trees in San Pedro de Atacama...

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Survival Gyoza Dumplings

Category: Hiroko's BlogRecipes

gyoza in skillet“Cooking at Home” continues…hope we are doing this together. Three days ago I was thinking of bottom-crusty, flavorful gyoza dumplings, so bought ground lamb to make them for next day. I planned to buy dumpling wrappers on the day of the making as a short-cut preparation. Then, two days ago we were snowed in (well it was not too bad but discouraged me to go out for shopping wrappers), so I ended up making my own. It is actually very easy to make dumpling wrappers at home...

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What Else Can We Think Of

Category: Hiroko's Blog

SOUPManhattan is now covered with snow. I see two feet-long icicles hanging down from the roof. Freezing cold. A day like this we all deserve a bowl of hot winter vegetable soup. Winter veggies. are there for us. Here is a collection of mine – turnip, leek, cauliflower and parsnip from last Friday’s Greenmarket at Union Square. What I will do with them is to follow the Cauliflower and Leek Soup recipe from Hiroko’s American Kitchen...

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Proud of My Step-Daughter

Category: Hiroko's Blog

Kelly salad makingKelly kale saladDuring last holiday season we visited my step-son, David, and his family, Kelly and Chloe in Los Angeles. Kelly, my step-daughter, was eager to learn several recipes from Hiroko’s American Kitchen. We decided to make one basic broth and one basic sauce – kelp stock and White Sumiso Sauce. Kelly was surprised that making of these basicsĀ is so simple and easy. OK, I should make a tape of it so that anyone can watch and follow. Anyway, we had a good start...

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