Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bolivia: Cooking Around the World with Camilla (CATWWC)

Dylan took us to Bolivia for dinner tonight. His dinner - and dessert - featured three very common Bolivian ingredients: peanuts, potatoes, and coconut.

Our main dish was a version of Pipían de Gallina (Peanut-Stewed Chicken).  There are versions that are complicated; I found a version that was fairly simply and used peanut butter. Okay, maybe that isn't the most traditional recipe, but it tasted good!

olive oil
minced garlic
chopped fennel
chicken boullion
chicken, boneless, skinless and cubed
salt and pepper to taste
carrots, coined
potatoes, cubed
organic peanut butter

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high flame. Add the garlic and fennel. Saute until slightly brown. Add chicken and cook through. Add carrots, potatoes, salt and pepper and cook till fork tender. Pour in boullion, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Whisk a little of the hot broth into the peanut butter to thin it out a bit. Then stir the peanut butter into the simmering soup. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, stir in cooked rice, and serve hot.

For dessert, I made a Budin de Coco (Coconut Pudding). Three main ingredients spiced with ground cinnamon and ground cloves. So easy, but so delicious.
1-1/2 C coconut milk
1/3 C organic granulated sugar
1/4 C cornstarch
ground cinnamon
ground cloves

In a saucepan combine coconut milk and sugar. Gradually whisk in cornstarch. Continue whisking and cook over medium heat until thickened. Spoon into serving glasses and let cool. 
This Knight of the Global Table Adventure is signing out for now. We're off to Bosnia next.


  1. Not the most exciting cuisine in the world, mostly stew, potatoes, tough meat, stew, potatoes, more potatoes. And quinoa. And llama. They did have these fabulous empanada-style pastries called saltenas everyone ate all day that were filled with... stew! Yum, one of the best things I have eaten ever; total comfort food. :D

    I never had or even saw a coconut during our travels there, but we weren't in the one lowland tropical/farming area, only in the highlands where not much grows... except, you know, 20 types of potatoes.

    Fabulous that your kids (and you) are getting such a "round the world" culinary education. Bolivia is an amazing country, poor but proud and friendly people; land is like the wild wild American west!

    Hey, you remember the LaPaz family that lived next door to me (Tina, Micah, Andrea, little Maria) when you and I lived in Sacramento? They were Bolivian. I think the only Bolivians I have ever met outside of Bolivia....

  2. @Jess, twenty types of potatoes!? Wow. I can name, maybe, six. I do remember that family though I completely forgot their last name and that they were from Bolivia. How funny. I'll read your response to the boys tonight. They'll really like that image of the wild, wild west.


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