‘cuisine’

Chicken fajitas

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Ingredients – 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and a little extra for sprinkling – 3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey – 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar – 2 crushed garlic cloves – 2 teaspoons of dried oregano – 1-2 teaspoons of red chilli flakes – Salt and pepper – 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts – 2 red peppers without seeds, cut into 2.5 cm strips – 8 warm wheat flour tortillas (350 g flour, plus a little extra for sprinkling; 1 teaspoon of salt; ½ teaspoon of baking powder; 75 g animal or vegetable fat, chopped into…

Traditional Cuban cuisine

  If we talk of Cuban cuisine, then we are talking about fusion cuisine: the fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes. Later on elements of Asian cuisine were added, towards the end of the 19th century, when the Chinese came to live in Cuba. The Spanish brought rice, lemons, oranges, beef cattle and horses with them. African slaves added food from their own land to what the Spanish gave, such as the yam and the okra, together with vegetables from Cuba, unknown in Europe, such as manioc, the pumpkin, tomatoes and corn. All these different elements were later blended…

Capichuá

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Ingredients – 2 parts lemon ice cream – 2 parts mint ice cream – 6 parts vodka – 3 ice cubes Preparation Place the lemon and mint ice cream, the vodka and ice cubes in a liquidiser. Wait for 1 minute and it is ready for serving.

Is envy a good thing?

A little envy is harmless enough. The kind of envy you experience when you enjoy seeing others having a great time. The kind of envy that makes you want to explore, discover, experience, enjoy and savour. The kind of envy we all feel when we hear Canadians Kiefer and Michelle telling us about their vacation experience from the IBEROSTAR Quetzal in Mexico or when Michael gives his passionate vision of the culinary delights on offer at the IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada as he hugs his kids. We enjoy seeing others enjoy themselves; after all, we want only the best for ourselves…

Recipe:Dominican Sancocho

Sancocho is undoubtedly one of the Dominican Republic’s culinary treasures. It is generally served on special occasions only, as it takes quite a while to make and includes lots of ingredients. Yet the preparation time is probably one of the best things about this dish, as it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends over a cold beer or glass of rum. Sancocho is traditionally prepared with beef. Ingredients: • 1 whole chicken, chopped into pieces • 6 pork chops • 1 lb of minced beef • 1 lb of manioc cut into large pieces • 2 large potatoes,…

Recipe: Majarete

Majarete is a typical dessert in the Dominican Republic, although it’s also popular in other Latin American countries.  The principal ingredient is ‘corn’ and the original, rustic version consists of grated corncobs mixed with cow’s milk, grated or shredded dried coconut milk  and sweet spices such as cinnamon, allspice, sweet cloves or nutmeg, although these latter two are stronger and can give the majarete a bitter taste if too much is added. Ingredients: • 1 Coconut • 1 cup of cornflower • 1 cup of milk • 1 tin of condensed milk • 2 cups of warm water • 250g…

Paprika!

    If you come to the Hungarian capital to stay at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest, and if you travel around Hungary, you’ll no doubt be tasting a lot of Hungarian cuisine. And I can tell you from experience that means a lot of paprika. This spice is used in cookery throughout much of the world, but boy do Madyars love them some reddish pepper powder – and in some cases in much stronger versions than the capsicum annuum you might use in your own kitchen. The word paprika is itself Hungarian but derives from Serbo-Croatian papar which in…

That Memorable Meal

I define a place by its food. If I visit and have an extraordinary meal, I’ll be back. If all I can find are chains and fast food restaurants, it doesn’t matter how blue the ocean is, it will be my last time.  I can tell you exactly what I ate on my first date with my husband or a fun night out with friends. When I think of my favorite cities, I can smell the food from the best restaurants that makes local delicacies in my memory long after I leave That being said, I love the option of…

Passionate Brazilian Cooking with Penelope Cruz

Spice Girl Take one sexy chef (Penelope Cruz) with chronic motion sickness, add a mouthwatering array of delicious food and throw in a rocky transcontinental love story for good measure. The result is bound to turn heads and attract the attention of male and female audiences the world over. That was probably the plan behind the 2000 romantic comedy Woman on Top, in which Cruz plays Isabella, a woman from Salvador de Bahia who is struggling in an unhappy marriage. Isabella’s illness means that she has to drive the family car, take the lead in dancing and be on top…

Win A Great Getaway by Becoming an IberostarChef

Didn’t win a “real trip” with our Fake Trip or Fake Trip SMS contests? You’re not on Twitter and can’t participate on our fun #Startrip contest to win discounts and an Iberostar getaway? Here’s your chance to score yet another great getaway: Our new IberostarChef contest on Facebook! As you know (especially if you’ve been at one of our resorts!), at Iberostar we take fine dining very seriously. And making you happy is always our goal. That’s why we want to offer you an opportunity to become an IberostarChef and “inspire” us with your menu suggestions. It’s easy: just tell us…