El Valle

Chuyaco (Colombian Orange Salad)

7 comments May 21, 2014
Chuyaco (Colombian Orange Salad)

If you’re looking for salad recipe for Memorial Day weekend, try Chuyaco, a traditional orange salad from the department of El Valle del Cauca in Colombia. This orange salad is a perfect appetizer to start your meal, or a side dish for grilled meats and seafood. Eat it as is or with a light meal, […]

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Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

12 comments May 3, 2014
Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

This is a traditional cold drink from the department of El Valle del Cauca, located in the pacific region of Colombia. Champús is a very refreshing drink served with a lot of ice, made with dried corn, pineapple, panela, mashed lulo, cinnamon, cloves and orange tree leaves. I didn’t find the orange tree leaves, so […]

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Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)

8 comments May 5, 2013
Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)

Lulo is an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor that is popular in Colombia. It is also known as naranjilla, in other Latin American countries. Lulada, is a popular, cold, and refreshing drink from El Valle region of the country. It is made with mashed lulos, lime juice, water, sugar and ice. There are other […]

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Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)

10 comments September 20, 2012
Pastores Colombian cake

Torta de Pastores is a traditional dessert from the Valle department of Colombia. Soothing, comforting, and just downright good, there’s nothing like digging into a delicious, warm and sweet homemade dessert when the weather is getting cooler. It’s a pretty filling and rich dessert so a word of advice, serve this after a light meal, […]

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Muchacho con Melao de Panela (Beef with Cane Sugar Syrup)

7 comments June 17, 2012
Muchacho con Melao de Panela (Beef with Cane Sugar Syrup)

Muchacho con Melao de Panela is a traditional Colombian dish from El Valle department of Colombia. It is beef marinated in a sauce of vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard, scallions and cumin, and cooked on the stove for a couple of hours. The beef needs to marinate for a couple of days, as this is the […]

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Caldo Batido or Caldo de Enfermo

18 comments February 11, 2012
Caldo Batido or de Emfermo

Today’s recipe is exactly what I’ve been craving lately… a comforting Colombian soup. I’ve made this soup twice now, and it’s the perfect recipe when you have a cold, like me. This traditional soup, from Del Valle del Cauca in Colombia, is known as Caldo Batido, literally translated to ” Blended Broth” or Caldo de […]

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Carne Afanada ( Colombian Meatloaf)

22 comments April 28, 2010
Carne Afanada

I receive many emails from readers asking me when I will be posting various Colombian recipes. Lately, Carne Afanada is one of the most requested recipes. Carne Afanada is the Colombian version of meatloaf. After asking some friends and family about this recipe, I learned that this dish is popular in the El Valle department […]

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