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Bolivian Pique Macho (slow cooker recipe)

What do you get when you combine a Brit, a German, a Slovakian and a Bolivian, with a bit of craft and group therapy? Well, the oddest constellation of all. A group of friends that has become, like all constellations, a great source of beauty, inspiration and light in my…

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Bolivian Empanadas Tucumanas

Tucumanas are another one of Bolivia’s fantastic street foods. They are a very filling meat pastry that is usually eaten as a mid-morning snack or a light lunch. The pastry is filled with meat, onions, potatoes, carrots, peas, hard boiled eggs and olives is deep fried and served with a…

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Damson Gin, the perfect traditional festive offering for Father Christmas

So, it’s all systems go for Christmas  and we are feeling particularly rushed to get all the preparations ready after having spent a very special couple of weeks in the US with family for Thanksgiving. Christmas is about so many things… but for us, it’s all about all the little traditions that…

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Bolivian Papas a la Huancaina (potatoes with a spicy fairtrade nut sauce)

Papas a la Huancaina is a hugely popular dish in Peru and in Bolivia. The original dish is from Peru, but it’s quite different from this recipe, which is closer to the Bolivian version. The Huancaina is basically of a spicy warm sauce that is seasoned with Aji Amarrillo (a sort of yellow chilli powder…

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Local & Seasonal Fig Delight

The trend to eat local and seasonal produce is so popular in the UK nowadays that it’s almost at risk of tiring the ethical consumer and becoming a bit like one of those fad diets. However, it is useful to go back to basics and remember why it makes so…

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Bolivian Cuñapé – bears

Cuñapés are a kind of cheesy bread snack that is very popular across South America. Varieties exist in Brazil (known as pão de queijo), Argentina (chipa or pan que queso), Ecuador (pan de yuca) and even in Colombia (pan de bono). Of course they all vary slightly, but what they all…

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I read somewhere recently that not travelling is like being given a book and only reading some of its pages. I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently. My husband and I share a love of travel (and food of course) and recently we’ve become very hungry for the contents…

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Mini Banoffe Pies (with a Penco base)

My husband’s ‘Desert Island Pudding’ is Banoffee Pie. I’d never heard of it until I came to the UK where it’s very popular, as it is in Australia, where he spent a few years growing up. It’s basically a pie that has the obvious, but magical combination of bananas, cream and toffee (or Dulce…