How to make Varenyky (Ukrainian Dumplings)

I usually try and do a cooking class in every country I go to. So far, I’ve learned how to make curry in Sri Lanka, sushi in Tokyo, and watched my mam get told off for not listening by an Italian grandma. However, I’ve never had a cooking class one to one. That changed when …

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Just what is Ukrainian food actually like?

Kiev is a strange place. It’s both breathtakingly beautiful and hideously ugly at the same time. The skyline is a mix of shining golden domes and abandoned Soviet buildings. There’s even a bridge across the River Dnieper that nobody has bothered either to put the finishing touches to or just knock down. This, and some …

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Why the seafood market is the best thing about Santiago, and possibly the whole of Chile.

Chile is the longest country in the world, and most of this narrow country is coastline. It stands to reason then, that there must be some pretty good seafood, right? Even though Chile’s not famed for its food (except for empanadas), I was still excited to try what was on offer (like everywhere else I’ve …

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Visiting Tarija: Bolivia’s wine country.

The one and only time I went wine-tasting was a couple of years ago in France. I ended up drunk because I refused to spit the wine out. I know you’re not supposed to swallow it, but to me it seemed like a waste of perfectly good wine. Although I didn’t know that Bolivia produced …

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Just how good a meal can you get for £10?

Although Peru has a reputation for being the foodie capital of South America, for me it was very hit and miss. Undeniably, Peru boasts some exquisite dishes, but to enjoy them cooked well you have to go to a high-end restaurant, and on a backpacker’s budget this isn’t possible to do on a regular basis. …

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How to make pesqué de quinua and a visit to a traditional chichería.

In my post about Pisac a few weeks ago, I wrote that I wasn’t a massive fan. After another 4 days in the village, the centre still hasn’t won me over. However, feeling that I needed to get out of cities for a while, I found a great little casa del campo (country house, but not …

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Everything you should do on a trip to Arequipa.

Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, is one of my favourite places that I’ve visited in South America. It’s considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, with many of the buildings in the historic centre made of a white volcanic stone called sillar. As well as a picturesque historic centre, it is …

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