Saturday, August 28, 2010


This is another recipe from my friend Elizabeth. She has many more yummy Peruvian recipes to share with us and I will continue posting them until she gets her own account to add them on here.
These cookies are filled with dulce de leche!!! Yum!
1 cup flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup butter (softened)
1 egg yolk
6 tbsp confectioner sugar
Sift the flour, cornstarch, and powdered sugar. Add in the butter and begin mixing/kneading until dough starts sticking together, add the egg yolk and keep kneading. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out the dough over a floured surface. Form small circles (not too thick or thin). Place circles on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 min or until cookies (alfajores) are lightly golden. Let cool and begin uniting the alfajores by spreading dulce de leche in the middle. Roll sides (where dulce de leche is) on powdered sugar. Makes about 4 dozen.
Note: You can buy dulce de leche in cans at your local grocery store, look in the Latin section aisle. They are Nestle brand.
Also, you might want to add a little bit of milk to the dulce de leche so it's not as thick and therefore becomes easier to spread. Make sure you don't add too much milk though.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crunchy Asian Pasta Salad

1box Betty Crocker® Suddenly Salad® classic pasta salad mix (We have liked the Greek flavor the best, if you can find it... I have also used off brands)
1package (3 oz) Oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup mix
3tablespoons sugar
3tablespoons vegetable oil
2tablespoons white vinegar
2tablespoons water
1tablespoon soy sauce
3cups coleslaw mix
1cup snow pea pods, strings removed, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2cup sliced almonds, toasted
1can (15 oz) mandarin orange segments, drained (I leave these out & add sliced black olives)

Empty Pasta mix into 3-quart saucepan 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently boil uncovered 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Shake to drain well.

In large bowl, stir together seasoning mixes from pasta mix and soup mix, sugar, oil, vinegar, water and soy sauce. Add pasta, coleslaw mix, pea pods, almonds and oranges; toss to combine.

Just before serving, coarsely crush dry noodles from soup mix; stir into pasta mixture. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I actually tasted this cake/flan several years ago at a church activity, but never got the chance to ask for the recipe. I figured it wouldn't be too hard to make since it was a chocolate cake and flan baked together, I just didn't know how you accomplish that without mixing the ingredients. I did some searching online and was able to find the procedure for making it-this is also known as the impossible cake. Anyway, I ended up using my own flan recipe and I just bought a box of chocolate cake mix for the cake.
Just a few things to keep in mind:
1. Make sure you don't over-bake, or the cake will be dry
2. The cake pan I used was a spring-form pan and I believe water was able to creep into the cake pan and also some flan mixture got out at the bottom. I suggest you use a solid bundt pan.
3. During the baking process, the cake will rise and bake at the top and the flan mixture will sink to the bottom and cook there.
1 box of milk chocolate cake mix (follow the instructions as in the box to make the batter)
Flan Ingredients:
1 can of evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar (for caramel)
In a small saucepan, melt the sugar on medium heat until it becomes caramelized, pour on the bottom of a bundt pan.
Mix the chocolate cake mix according to the instructions on the box and then pour on top of the caramel.
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the flan: milks, eggs and vanilla. Make sure they are mixed well (mixture will be runny) and then carefully pour over chocolate batter.

Bake cake a Bain Marie for 1 hour at 350 degrees farenheit, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, let cool, invert onto a cake platter. Enjoy!!!!

Note: To bake a cake/custard A Bain Marie, you just need to insert the bundt pan into a larger container and partially fill the large container with water.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lomo Saltado

I saw this picture on my friend Elizabeth's profile on facebook and asked her what it was. Elizabeth is from Peru and she is such a good cook I figured this dish would be pretty good. She told me what it was and included the recipe. I actually made this dish yesterday and asked her if it was okay to place this recipe on the blog and she agreed. Maybe she'll become a contributor on the blog (she doesn't blog)....but on the mean time she has given me the okay to place her recipes for her.
Below you will find the recipe exactly as she gave it to me (I translated the recipe from Spanish). I did make a few changes: I used less meat and therefore only used 1 onion, 2 tomatoes, 1 pepper (green bell pepper b/c I didn't have yellow), I didn't have fresh cilantro or lemon juice so I skipped those.
Also, lately whenever I make french fries...I actually bake them. They are just as tasty and don't feel as guilty for eating them. To bake them, preheat your oven to 425 degrees farenheit. Add salt, pepper and about 2-3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to the potatoes and then place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or so, it really depends on how you want them.
The finished product was very good, it sorta tastes like the fajitas I make only a mild version because they are not spicy. Enjoy!


2 lbs of top sirloin, cut in thin strips
3 medium onions, cut julienne style
2 lbs of potatoes, peeled and cut for french fries
4 fresh yellow peppers, cut julienne style
4 tomatoes, cut julienne style
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
oil (for the potatoes)
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Place a little bit of oil on a pan and cook the meat, remove the meat when cooked. In the same pan place the onions, sautee approximately 2 min. Add the yellow peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Cook for another two minutes and then add the meat to the mixture as well as the lemon juice. Mix well and add the cilantro.

Fry the potatoes and reserve. Serve immediately, mixing the french fries, meat and veggies. Serve with rice.