Sunday, July 24, 2011

Afinata 2011 Ep. 1

Am pus de o afinata anul acesta!

La baza acestei licori magice nu sunt altceva decat 2,5 kg afine (domnul de la care le-am cumparat spune ca sunt de pe Muntele Mic), 1,25 kg zahar si buna dispozitie. Se pun in straturi, se incepe cu buna dispozitie, afine, zahar si tot asa pana ajungem din nou la buna dispozitie :))))

Pasii urmatori sunt agitarea zilnica a damigenei astfel ca zaharul sa se patrunda bine cu afinele. Cand acestea au lasat suc suficient cat sa le acopere se toarna alcoolul. Cel putin 500 ml alcool de 90 de grade, 1 l vodca  sau palinca. Eu prefer vodca pentru ca nu are alte arome.

Love you all!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Discover the taste of Peru / Destapa el sabor del Perú – (slogan in 2005 for Inca Kola)

You can do it in Regensburg as well @ Pachamama!
During a very spontaneous road trip to Regensburg – Germany, one of my friends invited me to try some new tastes. We were talking last week about what dish we would like to have and Betty’s answer was YUKA FRITA.
But what is Yuka Frita?  Yuka is a typical South American root vegetable and in this case is deep fried and served with Huancayo sauce. Usually, the root is cut into two- or three-inch chunks and deep-fried in vegetable oil. The result is similar to a wedge-cut french fry, but more fibrous than mealy.   The sauce is creamy and it contains onion, fresh cheese, vegetable oil, aji, and maybe garlic – I’m not shore.  It can be very spicy or mild, depending on the amount of aji (yellow pepper) you add.
My picture is not the nicest but you can see how this dish is served by Pachamama.  Of course I started to eat and after that I remembered that I have to take a photo. Daaahhhhh!!!!  :))  Please don’t judge me but I was very curious about the flavors.  I tried to recognize the ingredients and to associate the new flavors with some that I already know.  Hmmmm….not that easy this time!   

In the background you can see also my glass of Inca Kola.  I’ve never heard about this kola but I have to admit that I like it. I made some research about it and it’s a soft drink created in Peru in 1935 by British immigrant José Robinson Lindley using lemon verbena. It’s a “kola” because of the joint venture between the Coca-Cola Company and the Lindley family, former sole owners of Corporación Inca Kola Perú S.A. and Corporación José R. Lindley S.A. The soda has an unusual sweet fruity flavor sometimes compared to liquid bubblegum. Do you know the flavor of the Hungarian round bubblegum? It’s exactly the same flavor. 

You have to try it by yourself

Wanna take a look on the menu? Wanna know the story of Mr. Pappenheimer or the story of Pachamama restaurant?  I have the solution!  The site is in German but  Google is able to translate you enough to understand the fascination  of Mr. Pappenheimer for Peru and the passion for the Peruvian kitchen.  
Enjoy it! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tapear en Ruby,Sabadell y Sant Cugat, Barcelona

Tapas are such a big part of the Spanish culture that there is even a verb tapear, which means "to eat tapas." : )
During my business trip to Spain I went out with my colleagues and I understood that Tapas means not just to eat but sociability, friends and family. I felt like one of their own....  it's a pity that I wasn't able to speak Spanish or Catalan. I'll do my best for next time.  :))) I feel like I have a crush for Catalan but my friends advised me to start with Spanish.

And some of the dishes we had!
Elena and her twin sister Eva will help me to post the recipes.

 We started with this tomato, olive oiled bread. 
 This was the vino turbio, shaken before serving to produce a cloudy unsettled effect which contrasts interestingly with its sharp flavor.

Thank you my friends! hmmm.......    Gracias mis amigos! 
amigos - spanish
amics - catalan
amici - romanian/italian

Monday, January 10, 2011

Not my best picture but great taste :))

Sunday, January 9, 2011