In most cases now it is not necessary to travel to other countries to try the national food. There is a problem with this though. In many cases the so called traditional food as been modified to the local ingredients. The greatest problem comes to flours. Where a dish is gluten-free or dairy-free in the original country, it isn’t in North America.
This can become a huge problem for people with allergies and different conditions. The had a certain meal in the original country and think they found heaven when they got home only to find that it is poison.
That is why I am a big a fan of making your own meals and of finding recipes. Grant it there are still times when I have to do some modifications with the ingredients, but it is still well worth it.
Many people think that someone with allergies to gluten, dairy, eggs, sesame, artificial colourings and flavourings is missing out. Not so. It takes some creativity and back to basics. It is amazing how simple and quick it can be to make your own meals – even with our hectic lifestyles.
While in South America we tried the national dishes that we could. One of dishes that was high on our list to try was ceviche (pronounced say-bee-chay). This a raw dish made with fish – not anything like sushi but just as good. For those that do not like sushi, I am pretty sure you will like it.
To explain, the fish is “cooked” with an acid. The fish does turn white as if it had been baked or fried. The acid is the peruvian limon (not a spelling error). If you have to substitute use a lime not a lemon.
There are many advantages to this meal that is considered a lunch only but it also makes a great appetizer. The quality of the fish will be the big issue with the state of our seas, but do your best.
We have discovered other recipes that I will share in the coming days.
1 kg soft white fish
2 large red onions, sliced
1 or 2 chillies, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh coriander or cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and cut the fish into bite-sized pieces. Place in a dish with the sliced onions. Add the chopped chilli and coriander. Make a marinade using the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the fish and place in a cool spot until the fish is “soft cooked” (10 min – 1 hr). Serve with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob.
Enjoy and please don’t hesitate to leave your results.