4 of 10: Spicy papas a la huancaina

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Papas a la huancaina

It sounds simple, but this dish of boiled potatoes in a creamy, spicy sauce simply has to be tried! It’s absolutely addictive, and is usually served as a starter or side. Again, it’s a brilliant dish for our cold autumn evenings; and a great way to jazz up the humble potato (which is native to Peru, of course). Get the recipe

You can also use the same sauce as a spicy take on spaghetti carbonara.

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3 of 10: Lomo saltado Peruvian stir-fry

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Paddington left for British shores, but something not everybody knows is that Peru has long welcomed immigrants from around the world… and this is really evident in the varied cuisine.

One of the country’s most popular dishes is lomo saltado, a fusion of Peruvian, Spanish and Chinese flavours. This beef stir-fry is flavoured with cumin, red wine, soy sauce and aji amarillo chillies; and nowadays can be found all over the country. Get the recipe

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2 of 10: Chupe de camarones shrimp soup

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With one of the world’s most plentiful fish supplies from their huge Pacific coast, as well as fresh river fish and shrimp in the Andes, Peruvians are pescado (fish) professionals.

Chupes are thick and creamy soups, hailing from the beautiful city of Arequipa. They’re usually made with smoky aji chillies, creamy fresh cheese, and local herbs including huacatay (Peruvian black mint). Our favourite chupe is chupe de camarones, made with prawns. Get the recipe

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1 of 10: Arroz con pollo

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As a Spectacled Bear, Paddington would largely go veggie. But like most Peruvians, he’d be partial to a bit of meat when he could get it!

This popular ‘one-pan’ Peruvian dish would be perfect for those cold British winter nights, and is made with the essential aji amarillo chilli pepper. Get the recipe

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