Infusion looks at the culture and history behind some of our most beloved dishes like "Ceviche, Empanadas, Tamales and of others.” Our host will take us beyond recipes, ingredients, chefs, and deep into the very soul of the food we love.
Our journey will take us not only to those dishes but into the countries that make them unique. Once there we’ll discover how each culture and their history has shaped these iconic culinary wonders, surprisingly we still the same.
These experiences will allow the viewer to be part of the creation of these dishes. It will give them an inside scoop into how the local culture and their people have shaped, not only the dish itself, but a whole generation.
Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity
status of animals. This means avoiding not only meat but also egg and dairy products and other animal-derived foodstuffs. Some dietary vegans
choose to wear clothing that includes animal products, for example, leather or wool.
Rice is a staple diet for most of the world, is one of the most versatile ingredient, it can be cooked as an entree, or a dessert. There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice. In many cultures, rice is considered to be an auspicious symbol of life and fertility. Japanese believe it is important not to waste rice. In fact it is considered rude to leave rice in your bowl.
A food truck is a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell food. Some, including ice cream trucks, sell frozen or prepackaged food; others have on-board kitchens and prepare food from scratch. In recent years, associated with the pop-up restaurant phenomenon, food trucks offering gourmet cuisine and a variety of specialties and ethnic menus have become particularly popular.
A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, beans, peppers and tomatoes and meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef, poultry, sausages, and sometimes seafood are also used.
An asado usually consists of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a grill, called a parrilla, or an open fire. Usually the asador or cook as its known begins by igniting the charcoal, which is often made of native trees.
An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Latin
America. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may consist of meat, cheese, or vegetables.
Tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed in a cornhusk or banana leaf. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables or chilies. Tamale is derived from the word tamalii from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs. The word means “wrapped food”.
Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world.
Ceviche Is a hugely popular dish in Central and South America. The basic ingredient is raw fish, cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit, salt, and seasonings.
The citric acid in the juice changes the texture of the fish, without changing its “raw” taste.
Come along with our host Ivanna Rojas as she tastes her way through history experiencing all of what has shaped some of our favorite dishes.
These experiences will allow you to be part of the creation while giving them the inside scoop into the local culture.
Let’s go beyond the recipes, beyond the ingredients and get into the very soul of the food we love. This is infusion.