Peruvian cuisine is tipped to be the next big thing and there’s no better place to learn how to cook it than at Sky Kitchen in Lima.
The first Peruvian restaurant to have been awarded a Michelin Star was actually in London. Many of you will know of quinoa (an ingredient used in all sort of recipes found on blogs), but Peruvian cuisine goes so much further than that…
In search of something to do in Lima, (it may be the capital but it lacks tourist attractions), we turned to Trip Advisor and stumbled across Sky Kitchen. Sky Kitchen offer a range of cooking classes all aimed at introducing people to some of the most popular dishes in Peru. We chose to do the dinner cooking class, consisting of 4 dishes we would learn to cook our selves and then devour.
The evening’s menu was:
Our first starter was mashed potato (cold) layered with avocado and chicken.
Our teacher Christian was right when he said this was probably the weirdest way we’ll have eaten mash potato.
A Peruvian dish that I’d heard of before. I can’t say it was something that I was looking forward to. Whenever I’ve been to a sushi bar I stay away from the raw chunks of fish and opt for the little rolls with rice in.
However, I was pleasantly pleased with ceviche.
The idea is that the bitterness of the limes which form part of the marinade, actually cooks the fish. We were shown how, within a few minutes, the fish changes colour slightly in the marinade and appears cooked.
It was delicious, and I’d order it in a restaurant.
Lomo saltado is beef loin served with chips and rice and was our main dish. The beef is fried quickly, almost like you would with steak and cooked in a red wine, white wine vinegar and soy sauce dressing.
We were told that Peru has a fairly large Chinese population, and this has influenced their cuisine. The influence is seen in Lomo Saltado where soy sauce is mixed with red wine; something you wouldn´t normally see.
At this point I was pretty full, but couldn´t resist the dessert…
for dessert we made our own Peruvian doughnuts. One of the best things about these was that you can claim they’re healthy.
Made from a purée of sweet potato and pumpkin, these doughnuts are mixed with flour and yeast, left to rise for a couple of hours before being fried and then enjoyed with a sugar cane syrup.
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Sky Kitchen was a great evening, not only was the food tasty, but the apartment offers some of the best views of Lima we’d seen. The recipes get sent to you afterwards for you to recreate at home to impress friends and family. Prepare yourselves for some picarones, family!