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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sin perder La esencia de lo Tradicional (Relatos Gastronómicos): La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua en Inglaterra.


Empiezo a escribir algo diferente, algo que llamo un marco de relatos gastronómicos, vivo en Hertfordshire- Inglaterra, un tanto fuera de la capital, Londres-donde existe comida de todo el mundo.
Sin ir muy lejos, la comida Latinoamericana, está teniendo un fuerte impacto, y popularidad tanto con las personas que viven en Londres, pero también con los que vivimos en las afueras.

Y de éste modo ha sido una inspiración escribir acerca de experiencias, encuentros, descubrimientos, tanto de gastronomía en general, pero también, claro está de la gastronomía de mi país, Bolivia.

Sin perder La esencia de lo Tradicional

En cuanto a gastronómia para mí, pienso que lo más importante es no perder esa esencia de lo tradicional, eso que hace a un plato único, que lo diferencia de los demás, que le da característica, autenticidad, historia, aparte del sabor especial, que mediante un bocado nos pueda transportar hacia ese país, un recuerdo, un momento de viaje, de haber compartido con amigos, con la familia, etc. Porque la gastronomía une, y es parte de un pasado, un presente y un futuro.

La Llajua 

En las palabras de la Chef Kamilla Seidler: " La llajua es una salsa tradicional boliviana que forma parte de la cultura gastronómica de éste hermoso país (Bolivia) y se utiliza como sabroso acompañamiento de diversos platos tanto en la región altiplánica como en los valles"


La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua en Inglaterra. 

Bolivia es un país con una gastronomía muy diversa, yo nací en La Paz, desde pequeña veía como mi mamá prepara la llajua en su batan a diario, en casa no faltaba. Y en la ciudad, en cada restaurante, puesto de comida, para acompañar el almuerzo, plato fuerte, en ningún lugar donde vendían comida, faltaba la llajua, ése sabor picante que le dá un toque especial a las comidas. Y aún, hoy en día es igual. 
Restaurantes Bolivianos en Londres

En Londres, donde hay un par de restaurantes bolivianos, tampoco es la excepción, de igual manera a tu mesa te traen la llajuita, aunque no tengan quizás, todos los ingredientes, (ya que no se consiguen en Londres), es algo tradicional, que no se ha perdido, aún así estando fuera del país, sigue presente, y pienso que seguirá en un futuro.


Cada boliviano/a tiene su forma de preparar llajua, yo aprendí de mi mamá (y la mayoría de las recetas de gastronomía boliviana que uno aprende es mediante las generaciones familiares)
Aprendí a preparar la llajua con cuatro ingredientes: tomate, locoto, huacatay/a y quirquiña.

Y hace un par de años atrás empezamos a experimentar en Inglaterra, a plantar éstos ingredientes que le dan ese sabor especial a la llajua, como se preparaba en La Paz.
Locoto, sólo resultó un año, pero no imaginábamos que, a pesar del tiempo inglés, que es todo loco, tan impredecible cada temporada y cada año, huacatay/a y quirquiña nos llegaron a sorprender y nos dió buenos resultados, año tras año.

Quirquiña
Huacatay/a que es una hierba que también se utiliza mucho en la gastronomía peruana, le dá un toque especial a la llajua, conjunto con la quirquiña, una hierba boliviana, son la combinación perfecta.

Quizás ésos experimentos de sembrar, ésas hierbas que se caracterizan por un sabor único, que no se consiguen en Londres, han sido una forma de resaltar lo importante que es la llajua para los bolivianos, y para los que vivimos fuera. Conseguir huacatay/a o quirquiña en Londres es difícil, he llegado a conocer a algunos bolivianos que de igual manera siembran, pero sólo para consumo propio. 

Huacatay
También es importante resaltar el movimiento gastronómico que está teniendo Bolivia, con diferentes, hoteles, restaurantes, que recibieron premios internacionales, ponen a La Paz y a Bolivia en el mundo gastronómico con una variedad de ingredientes únicos, como un destino turístico, con un ejemplo de gastronomía sostenible, tradicional y a la misma vez innovadora, que fomentan a los ciudadanos bolivianos y emprendedores a explorar, investigar, y más que todo a apreciar y valorar lo que tenemos.

El Sueño/Propósito 

En un futuro espero que la gastronomía de Bolivia, pueda llegar a                                                          ser más conocida y más popular, fuera del país.
Llajua
Y que mediante la gastronomía podamos trabajar por un mejor futuro económico y social que beneficie a Bolivia.

Empecé con el título de éste blog como : "La boliviana que no puede vivir sin llajua"
Pero termino en conclusión.. de que no soy sólo yo..sino somos los bolivianos que no podemos vivir sin llajua.. que no podemos vivir, aún estando fuera del país, sin nuestras tradiciones y cultura que nos hacen únicos.

Bolivia es un país para querer.




Escrito por Lindsey Funes Obleas, 
lindsey.funes.obleas@gmail.com

Agradecimientos especiales a:
Kamilla Seidler, por la colaboración de la descripción de la llajua                                                      

Monday, 3 July 2017

LONDON | FREE: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream | 6th July


One of the best things about summer is ice cream. The only thing better? FREE ice cream, of course..
To celebrate the launch of the new Ben & Jerry’s Summer in Soho ice cream shop, you can get a complimentary scoop of their favourite ice-cream flavour, including Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
There will also be never-before-seen flavours: Sweetest Peace (raspberry cheesecake ice cream with chocolatey peace signs and ampersand chunks) and Double Caramel Brownie (caramel ice cream with chocolate brownies and a salted caramel swirl).
They’re expecting to give away over 2,000 scoops!! Yum !!
Thurs 6th July, 12pm – 8pm
74 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TE 
Ben & Jerry’s Summer in Soho shop is open until 31st October 2017.

Monday, 19 June 2017

FREE: American Breakfast at Polo Bar this 4th of July



This one is for us, london food lovers!

Liverpool Street’s Polo Bar is getting into the American spirit by giving away FREE breakfasts this 4th July. ..yes ...free breakfast!

Available for 24 hours only, you could get yourself a free stack of fluffy pancakes topped with cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumbles and fruit coulis or a big breakfast; a pancake topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup, with slow roast tomatoes, mushrooms, two eggs, hash browns, sausages and cajun sweet potato fries on the side.

Now that’s the way to celebrate Independence Day...ohh yeah !

Tues 4th July 2017
176 Bishopsgate, London,
EC2M 4NQ
http://polo24hourbar.co.uk/


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

FREE: Visit the UK's First Sweet Art Gallery in London

 

Sweet lovers are in for a treat as Maynards Bassetts opens up the doors to the UK's first Sweet Art Gallery in Central London.

Open for only two days, the unique pop-up offers art and candy lovers a chance to immerse themselves and enjoy their favourite sweets from Maynards Bassetts all under one roof.

Art will include ‘Mona goes Pop’, which sees the Mona Lisa reimagined in Liquorice Allsorts and a jelly baby installation.

Visitors will not only be able to relish in the sweet creations, but also channel the artist within as they get the chance to create their own works of art in the Soho pop-up. As if this wasn’t enough, guests will be able to sample and take-away some of their favourite sweet treats from the ultimate floor to ceiling pick ‘n’ mix stand. From Wine Gums to Jelly Babies with Liquorice All Sorts in between there will be plenty of Maynards Bassetts ready for the picking. 

Ticket includes; access to the gallery, soft drink refreshment, take-away Pick n Mix bag and the chance to create your own Maynards Bassetts Sweet Art. 

All of this for FREE!!
Get your tickets quick !!
 
 Friday 16th - Saturday 17th of June.
Over 18's only.

Location:

70 Berwick Street
London
W1F 8TA


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pay for the Tube with a bottle of Lucozade!


Free Lucozade bottles with a contactless chip at the base will be handed out at Oxford Circus station and can be used to pay for a single journey on London’s underground network. 
Passengers simply tap the bottle at the gates as they were using a normal card.

The promotion is part of a wider marketing campaign for the energy drink on the tube, which involves billboard advertising and other elements.

Until Fri 2nd June 2017
Oxford Circus, Oxford St, London W1B 3AG

Sunday, 28 May 2017

FREE : Pizza from MOD at Leicester Square


Free pizzas and salads for the whole day at MOD Pizza in Leicester Square this Wednesday 31st. of May !!

You may wonder why ?.. well MOD Pizza is celebrating turning one year old ! and they are giving away their 11-inch pizza , made just the way you want it ! you just have to turn up!! easy peasy ;)

Wednesday 31st. May
11am - 9pm
 17-18 Irving Street
London
WC2H 7AT
https://modpizza.co.uk/

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Free London Events: Walk Through Water and Stay Perfectly Dry


Does the rain room ring a bell? If you missed it, visitors to London’s Southbank will once again have the chance to experience how it feels to walk through water without getting wet, in a unique 3D installation coming to the Capital this weekend.

The installation will look like a giant dishwasher, created by Bosch to launch its new PerfectDry dishwasher, and will use 2,000 litres of recycled water falling at a rate of 44 litres per minute to create an indoor torrent of liquid, similar to the conditions inside a dishwasher when it is in use.

State-of-the art motion sensors will respond to the presence and movement of visitors and automatically stop the flow of water as they step under it, so they always stay perfectly dry.

The giant dishwasher installation will be open for three days from 5th – 7th May 2017. 
Admission is FREE with no booking required and spot prizes will be given out to random lucky visitors.

When: Friday 5th May – Sunday 7th May 2017
Open: Fri: 8:00am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

Location:

Observation Point
Southbank
London
SE1 9LT

Thursday, 27 April 2017

May Deals in London: Rock & Sole Plaice: 10p chips


It's that time of the year when we hear about festivals, offers, different events in the capital, and to start off with some offers, will share with you , what I just found out !

Rock & Sole Place, London's oldest surviving chippy are giving away portions of chips for 10p! -(yes 10 pence) The same price they were 35 years ago.

This offer will be available from 11.30am until 10.30pm on the 17th and 18th of May.

Wednesday 17th - Thursday 18th  May 2017
from 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

47 Endell Street
London
WC2H 9AJ
http://www.rockandsoleplaice.com/

Bon Appetite

Love Lindsey x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: Saturday 22nd of April : The stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show

Fabrics inspired by andean textiles by :Fabrics Galore London
I absolutely loved the Stitching, Sewing and Hobycrafts show last saturday! 
It was the first time I attended and I was overwhelmed by the exhibitors, who where giving demonstrations, guiding people, there was so much to do, to see, and to buy! 

I've always had, since a little girl, an urging curiosity to learn what my mum was making, whether she was knitting or sewing. She used to make clothes for me when I was a child, and I was fascinated! Hence hooked in the idea of making something and make it unique.

On saturday all those memories came back as I was walking along the show, it was amazing to  see the different ideas, all the things people made, the creativity was unbelievable.

One of my favourite findings has to be the fabrics inspired by andean textiles (shown above), by Fabrics Galore, they had an amazing selection of fabrics.

Also loved the trimmings, specially the pom poms, wich I reckon will be on trend this summer, Folk Fashion, always comes back. 
Well I am from Bolivia and I'm always drawn towards something folk, to be honest, but every summer in London the trend for folk fashion is growing.

And the show it's a great opportunity to buy those trimmings or materials, and to discover something new as well!


I also enjoyed the Arty Crafty, block printing techniques, and the workshops they were giving, something I shall try next !
Handcarved indian printing blocks - Arty Crafty
I missed out on their workshop, as there was so much to do, but I saw what everyone there was making and looked really cool.

Arty Crafty have a variety of handcarved printing blocks, which, I wish I could have them all !! so many to choose from.

I would totally recommend this show to everyone, it's such a great day out, you never know what you might discover, or what new skill you might want to learn. 

It's ideal for kids too! It was great to see little girls with their mums and grandmothers, showing that interest in learning how to sew, how to knit, etc.

It is, I think, important for kids to be creative, for them to let their imagination free.
Specially now , that everything seems to be run by technology.

Therefore events like this, I think, are vital to keep everyone creative, I had an amazing time, left inspired with many ideas. 

I would also like to specially thanks Fiona from Fizzi~Jayne makes, for the tickets to the show, I really appreciate it! you can check her blog too: :https://fizzijaynemakes.blogspot.co.uk/

Don't miss out on future events check out ICHF Events website, The UK's leading lifestyle, craft and cake shows. 
 
And I hope be at their next show
in London!



Love Lindsey x 

Hand knitted monkeys



Monday, 17 April 2017

Events in London: Carnival Expo, the Largest UK indoor carnival, join the fun!!

Photo Credits (c) Paul Quezeda-Neiman/photographer
Carnival Expo, the largest UK indoor carnival, is destined to be one of the most anticipated cultural exhibition of 2017. The event will host a gathering of Carnival creators, artists, cultural enterprises and carnival enthusiasts exhibiting all facets of Carnival.

Following on from 2015 & 2016 successful years, 2017 will, no doubt be, another great year, the event of the year, not to be missed!!
This year will also see the participation of some Latin American countries, showcasing the colours, music, costumes, vibrancy and contagious smiles and happiness of Latin American carnivals, from Brazil to Bolivia.

Bolivian Heritage, will share with you some of the magic of Oruro's Carnival, one of UNESCO's
Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Bolivian Heritage Dancers with Boris Johnson and Darcey Bussell
Dancing with different costumes, on SUNDAY 14th of May, at 14:15 and 16.15 ( I hope to see you there! joining us).

There will be so much to do, learning about Carnivals, costumes, you can join in a free dance workshop, there will be seminars, you can visit the stands exhibiting too, sample some rum from around the world, enjoy the Latin or Caribbean cuisine, or both !!why not ;)

All of this and more, under one roof, simply unmissable! 

So get your tickets and see you there !

Carnival Expo
Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th of May 
The Kia Oval Kennington
London
SE11 5SS


Tickets £10 online. 
You can also purchase tickets at the door, prices may vary.

For more information and tickets please visit:
http://carnivalexpo.com/index.php

"Carnival Expo is now in it's third year! 2017 is destined to be one of the most anticipated cultural business trade shows in the UK.
Don't miss this fabulous showcase of Carnival!"