Today’s topic is an event at the end of last year, although March has already started…. I visited a Peruvian friend, Rosario, with two of my Japanese friends, Michiyo and Sachiko, on December 26th, the day after Christmas. We had a belated Christmas party.
We got together at 9:30 in the morning and started cooking Japanese and Peruvian food together. The Japanese one was Oden and the Peruvian one was Aji de Gallina. Oden is a kind of stew with fishcakes, daikon raddish, boiled eggs and so on in soy-flavored broth. This time we added some Chinese dumplings to the Oden. Amazingly those dumplings went well with Japanese Oden! Aji de Gallina is a sort of chicken curry. ‘Aji’ means hot chilli peppers, ‘de’ of, and ‘gallina’ chicken.
Aji de Gallina (Serves: 4)
500g chicken breast
1 onion (chopped)
2 tbs oil
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
3 slices of white bread (without crust)
4 boiled eggs
Aji Amarillo (Peruvian yellow chilli pepper paste)
Salt and pepper
1) Boil the chicken breast and shred them. (Keep the broth.)
2) Heat the oil in a pan, fry the onion, garlic with Aji Amarillo, salt and pepper.
3) Add the broth and heat.
4) Add milk soaked bread to the pan.
5) Put the shredded chicken into the pan and boil with some Parmesan.
Neither Oden nor Aji de Gallina have anything to do with Christmas, but we enjoyed cooking, chatting and eating together at the belated Christmas party!