Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Which is the origin from the names of dishes like tacu tacu, the cau cau or causa

Do you know where they come from the names of dishes like tacu tacu, the cau cau or cause?

Many have tasted these delicious typical food , but probably very few know its meaning. Read the following note and find out what were their origins

(Photo: Dante Piaggio and Emily Wabitsch File El Comercio)

By Alexandra Alva

Peruvian gastronomic tradition is one of the richest and most diverse in the world. Each department in our country closely guarded recipes passed down from generation to generation, delighting the palates of our compatriots, and Lima is one of the most historical information has been preserved on their plates.

From the time of the Incas, passing the time of the conquest and colonization until 1962, the book "Vocabulary of the Lima cuisine" Aida Tam, has collected more than 60 terms of Creole cuisine, to identify changes , merger and changes that have changed over the years.

Here are six definitions of some of the most characteristic dishes of Lima.

In 1931, the Franciscan magazine of Peru "Kausay" defined "Qapchi wiqsab anoint" and the "spicy stomach and intestines with potatoes thin and vegetables .

"The common people also call it tripe, following the willingness to use both the diminutive," says the philologist Benvenutto Murrieta, author of several books on Peruvian terminology.

There is another meaning for cau cau , though written with "k": "Kau-kau, spicy potatoes and kochayuyo roe." According JMB Farfan, who was Professor at the Institute of Philology of Peru, this preparation is because his name comes from the Quechua-Ghawar Ghawar, which means laver.

But why, if the dishes are prepared with other ingredients, we use the same description?

It appears that the cause was caused sometime between its ingredients a species of algae, which use long gone. Thus, it would explain why two different dishes are designated in the same way.

The Spanish Royal Academy says it comes from the Quechua "causay": the sustenance of life. In Peru and Chile is called because a "light meal less abundant than the CAUSE" which means "afternoon snack."

However, Trujillo has another meaning. According to Aida Tam's book, is named after all the spicy food. "We're going to cause" means "let's eat spicy."

The Academy defines it as "thin stew made of minced bolivian lungs." In our country, as in Honduras, the word means "mess, mess." In Argentina, a despicable person applies to be negligible.

As to the etymology of the word, the ethnologist and philologist Fernando Ortiz Ortiz said that the word comes from the African language speech banana "san fama," which means "all together."

For his part, Spanish philologist Joan Corominas explained that the term comes from Murcia "chanflonía" applied to something rough or coarse, and figuratively means "mixture of things, confusing and more organized."

In the "Dictionary of Traditional Peruvian cuisine, Arequipa linguist Miguel Angel Ugarte Chamorro defined this term as a mess, hodgepodge or jumble. Chanfaina is short for a Peruvian.

According to Fray Diego Gonzalez Holguin in the book "Language qquichua or the Inca", this name comes from the Quechua word "chhunchulli", which means intestines and stomach. In the "Inca polyglot vocabulary" chhunchull voice appears to designate "tummy."

The name comes from the broth chilcano fish heads who prepared the Indian fishermen Chilca. Preparation is so old that even in the sixteenth century drew attention to the historian Pedro Cieza de León

Xeespe Mejía noted in the book "Kausay" that the true name is "Suck Chilcano Chalwa, which means soup of fish .

As for the name Chillca The meaning bile or anger: " chilcano is to submit a nice soup, very spicy. The Chilcano would be people accustomed to eating very spicy dishes or be very warlike, angry and moody. " AThus was the voice chilcano, Aymara and suffix Chillca Castilian.

Tacu tacu etymology comes from the Quechua (crushed, crushed) justifying such a name because the bean smoothies and rice form a kind of mass.

In Hawaii there is a similar dish that has the same name. Also, note that they also share other dishes with them. The "Pig lau" Hawaiian is nothing that our peruvian pachamanca and pupus are neither more nor less than classic kebabs(anticucho) .

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Dinner: meat less calorics for Christmas dinner

Christmas is coming and this time often commit excesses in the food we eat, sometimes up to 5 times the caloric value that normally consume.

To prepare the Christmas dinner, choose a healthy meat means that have a low fat intake and calories to compensate for the use of sauces, dressings and other accompaniments calories.

It is also very important that meat for Christmas dinner is easily digested by children and others with a health problem or a very delicate stomach.

Here I give you some alternatives that may choose to prepare a delicious Christmas dinner.

Turkey is baked, grilled, barbecued or fried. You can make stews, soups, sandwiches and salads with it.

Chicken: the chicken you can prepare everything, but it is best to get the skin because there are areas where most of the fat in this way will be even easier to digest (it is more digestible than beef and turkey).

Pork: fatty pork is the extent of their age, race, court, among other factors. The leaner pork is white or piglet. Like most fat under the skin is the butcher, you can easily remove the fat.

The lean lamb: tender and juicy lamb is best cooked, is baked, grilled, stewed or braised. This type of lamb you recognize it because its color is pink while the lamb is more red.

Dessert Recipe for Diabetics: Pineapple Bavarois

This time I will offer a rich pineapple dessert ideal for people who want to lose weight, especially for diabetics. This dessert is very easy to prepare, I hope you can make and enjoy with your family.

Pineapple Bavarian


  • 250 grams of processed pineapple pulp
  • pineapple slices
  • 10 g unflavored gelatin
  • 1 pot low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 150 grams of lean spreadable cheese
  • Liquid sweetener

Hydrate the gelatin with some water water, then heat it a few seconds to dissolve and mix with pineapple pulp. E In a bowl, put the yoghurt, cheese and sweetener, followed by the gelatin with fruit. Mix well to unify and then place the mixture into a flan mold.

Take it the cold to solidify and serve with pineapple chunks.

Top 10 fattier foods: Be aware that it is harmful to your health

This time we offer a list of more fatty foods that help raise bad cholesterol and in turn cause heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, overweight and obesity. These foods contain trans or hydrogenated fats, which are most harmful.

If any of these foods is consumed regularly in your diet, more than 3 times a week, would be better to rethink your diet to take care of your health. Remember that the ideal is that you go to a nutritionist to be able to lose weight or change your eating habits healthy.

The 10 most fatty foods

1. French fries (150 g): 7 grams of trans fat

2. Industrial apple pie (1 unit): 6 grams of trans fat

3. Industrial bun (1 unit): 5-6 grams of trans fats

4. Burger (200 gr.): 3 grams of trans fats

5. Cheese (1 unit): 2.2 to 5.2 grams of trans fats

6. Cupcakes (Magdalena) (1 unit): 1 to 2.1 grams of trans fats

7. Cookies (2 units): 1.3 g of trans fat

8. Butter (1 tablespoon): 0.9 grams of trans fats

9. Commercial bagel (1 unit): 0.85 g of trans fats

10. Goose liver (100 g): 380 mg of trans fats

Christmas menu for diabetics

We can celebrate Christmas by eating delicoious and healthy meals, people with diabetes can enjoy a holiday meal without eliminating the incomparable taste of good food.

The Christmas menu for diabetics should consider key issues, such as caloric intake, sugar meals, watch the alcohol intake and fat.

Here I give you some interesting food choices so they can put together the Christmas menu for diabetics.


Deviled Eggs (no yolk) with natural tuna, peppers and light dressing.
• Ligth Canapés with chicken breast, fat-free dressings, vegetables, fish au naturel
• Vegetable skewers with low-calorie sauces
• Melon with cured ham
• Light shrimp Cup

Accompanying dishes:

• Raw vegetable salad
• Roasted Vegetables
• Vegetable leaves


• Salmon stuffed with vegetables
• Lamb oven roasted in its own juice
• Baked or roasted turkey
• Beef steak with mushroom sauce low calorie


• Fruit salad with or without ice cream
• Strawberries with cream cheese, unsalted lean, sweetened with sweetener

I hope you can enjoy this Christmas with his family and that is a healthy and very tasty dinner.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lose weight without flaccidity: Tips

One of the greatest fears of manking a diet is sagging. Not only looks bad, but that affects the skin and tissues.

What to do to avoid the flabby skin?

The solution is simple: do diet with exercise, a firm body is achieved only with difficulty, but also contribute the following:

Avoid miracle diets

Dissociative like dieting or a single food. While they may make the "miracle" to make you lose weight quickly and do not succeed, the lack of nutrients that provide health deteriorate the skin.

Do not stop eating

If your diet is not only unbalanced, but also restrictive, forget it because you are potential victims of the rebound effect.

Do not stop eating proteins

Proteins contribute to the production of collagen and elastin, which contribute to the strength and recovery of tissues, and prevent loss of elasticity.

Eating Healthy fats

Omega 3 and omega 6-present in nuts, fish and olive oil - are necessary for cell regeneration and the absorption of vitamin A that protects tissues.


Drink plenty of water a day allows the circulation of blood, which favors the supporting tissues of the body.

Now to get down to work together for a good figure to look and be healthy, everything is a matter of deciding and being disciplined.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

275-calorie recipe: Recipe for Christmas

This recipe for turkey with cheese steaks could also include Christmas dinner, accompanied by a salad to make a meal a little more powerful for your guests.

These fillets provide only 275 calories per person makes 4 servings. It's easy and quick to make since it takes place in microwave is a great way to spice up the turkey meat to sometimes be a bit dry, but it is a very low fat meat, and very well prepared rich.


4 turkey steaks
2 teaspoons white mustard
45 gr. grated Gruyere cheese
10 gr. butter
Salt and pepper


Place the fillets in a microwavable dish. Season with salt, spread with mustard, butter and top with Gruyere cheese.

- Enter them in the microwave and cook for 8 minutes.

- After the firing, according to program the microwave grill and let the steaks a couple of minutes.

- Finally add a little lemon and ready to serve.

It is important that the turkey fillets are consumed when cooled hot because they lose much of its flavor.

Peruvian Recipes, escabeche de pollo, tips for cooking

Peruvian Recipes, escabeche de pollo, tips for cooking



Servings: 6

6 chicken pieces
5 onions
5 green chillies, seeded and deveined
1 cup vinegar
1 / 2 oil cup
1 / 2 teaspoon ground red pepper sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 pinch cumin
1 kg of sweet potato
3 hard boiled eggs
6 olives
Salt and pepper

1.Boil the chicken with one halved onion, salt and bay leaf.

2. In a saucepan boil 4 green peppers.After 10 minutes, drain and blend.

3. Cut remaining 4 onions lengthwise into strips a bit thicker and the remaining green pepper into thin strips.

4. In a pan heat oil and fry the onion and chopped green pepper. When transparent, add garlic, green pepper liquid and panca chili powder. Add the vinegar and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Let the fire a few minutes to integrate flavors.

5.Pour sauce over chicken and let stand until cool. Serve with sweet potato, boiled egg and olives.

A box of apples was sold for more than $ 12 000 in Japan


A box of apples was sold for more than $ 12 000

(Photo: ANN News)

A box of apples was sold for more than $ 12 000

It is clear that the preference for purchasing exclusive items have become very popular lately, especially those relating to food and drink.

Recently sold a bottle of wine to $ 232,692 , and a cake prepared to celebrate a birthday of John F. Kennedy for more than five thousand dollars.

Now it has auctioned off a box with 28 apples Esashi one million yen ($ 12,130) in Iwate prefecture in Japan. This would amount to more than $ 400 per acre, reports the website Japan Probe .

Of course, this kind of apple does not usually sold at a price so outrageous. EThis was the first auction of the season, so the winner has paid for the prestige of being able to claim ownership of the first sale of the box.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fat Weight Loss: Three simple tips

The fastest way to improve physical appearance is to lose some fat. Do you want your muscles look bigger? Lose fat. Want a smaller waist? Lose fat.

The elimination of the extra pounds is based on very simple principles. The fat accumulates in the body because they eat more calories than you burn, neither more nor less, and no exceptions, not even for bodybuilders.

Are fattening because they eat too much or because the exercise is not enough, or, in most cases, a combination of both. The extra pounds do not appear suddenly, but as a result of continued abuse of the idea of a "little snack" nothing happens.

If you want to break that trend and get in shape, forget about the sophisticated techniques lipolytic and only concentrate on three basic principles. The secret lies in the strength of will, that will help you acquire and maintain these three simple habits.

1. Walking is the your best friend. We do not mean to move from the couch to the microwave, but a lively pace walking outdoors or on a tape. This is the perfect aerobic activity fbecause it burns fat without touching the muscle size, unlike what happens when you run. The results take longer to appear, but, in contrast, keeps intact the valuable muscle tissue.

There are two important points to keep in mind when we think about losing fat.
First, running can reduce muscle size.
Second, when dieting as a resource to get rid of excess weight also tends to lose muscle mass.

Walking does not have many negative effects on the muscles as running or dieting. If we set an acceptable timeframe, we get good results. Seek to make three or four sessions a week between 30 and 60 minutes at a brisk pace. If possible, extend the routine slightly on weekends. If you climb slopes, burn even more calories. Encourage your partner and you can make those walks an activity they both enjoy and get in shape.

Walking is an excellent strategy to lose fat, but can enhance its effects by introducing a simple change in your diet, take more fiber. Most people do not consume even half of that nutrition experts consider necessary to enjoy good health. Fiber has additional properties. In fact, this is a great help to lose fat. In this regard, include, first, their ability to block the absorption of fat and, secondly, its low energy intake. If you replace high-calorie products (sugars and types of fat) by fibrous foods accelerate fat loss. Some of them even have a caloric value near zero as a result of thermal action of the digestive process. In addition, nutrition experts point out that fiber slows gastric emptying, providing a feeling of fullness that helps to avoid temptation and excess heat, which may turn into body fat.

How can we increase the fiber in the diet? Taking more fruits and vegetables, and unpeeled, because the skin contains the highest amount of fiber. This component also find beans, rice and products related to entertainment, popcorn (no oil, salt, and butter, of course).

3. Slowly but surely
In the third and final guideline requires patience and perseverance lies the true secret of success of any program to eliminate fat. U.S. health officials said, most people who undergo crash diets just recovering more weight than they lost. If you set a very short time to achieve its objective, failed.

The only way to lose 15 pounds at the moment is to cut your head off. Pay no attention to advertising: the fat does not disappear as if by magic. In fact, nutrition experts argue that it is best to fall between a pounds or two a week. There are two reasons for this:

A. When weight is lost slowly, it is easier to maintain.

B. In general, the schemes that are too rapid and radical carry substantial percentage of muscle mass.
May not get results as fast as those who prefer to follow radical diets to fashion, but when they appear will be much better and permanent.

To lose fat, do not need technical miracle. Three guidelines are enough simple: walk regularly, take more fiber in place of sugar and bad fats (trans) and be consistent. With them, not only deliver the extra kilos, but that will protect muscle mass.

Lose Weight: Tips for eating less

The amount of food served in the dish can be crucial to eat more of the cuenta. According recent research reveals that certain subtle cues in our environment can lead us to serve more than we need and to eat more than we should.
The larger dishes (including more serving utensils) can cause excessive consumption.

Control the amount that is poured on the plate is the first step in measuring what you eat. Here are some ways to accomplish this:

1 .- Think of a spoon rather than a bucket: It's an old trick but it really works, using smaller plates and tall, narrow glasses create the illusion of having more food on the plate and more drink in the glass. Small cutlery used for serving also avoid excesses.

2 .- Individual portions: Growing the size of the containers, so do the portions. When shopping, look for standard sizes.

3 .- Sweet out of reach: Look for ways to make it difficult to consume unhealthy foods.

4 .- Put variety, but not too: Studies show that the more variety on your plate, eat more, all these stimuli activate your taste buds.

For example, in a buffet or a family dinner, stick to a couple of meals on your plate.

11 Useful tips to fight obesity

Perhaps many of us wonder: "How to lose weight or not gaining extra kilos in a healthy way?" In this article we will offer some tips to fight obesity without adversely affecting our physical and mental health.

1 .- Eat slowly. A good method is to let them get covered on the table while chewing.

2.- Eating only one kind of food at once.

3.- Serve food at the kitchen does not bring to the table source.

4 .- Cut food into small pieces.

5 .- Do not eat standing or walking.

6 .- Avoid buying prepared food.

7 .- Prepare the food after breakfast and dinner after dinner, the goal is not to cook with hunger.

8 .- Make shopping after lunch, so it is easier to resist the temptation to buy food and heat loss.

9 .- Eat something low heat before going out to dinner or a party, thus decrease hunger.

10 .- Avoid alcohol at meals because, besides being calorie, reduced self-control.

11 .- Exercise at least 3 times a week at least 30 minutes.

As you have seen, is not so difficult to control our weight, is a question of proposing and set ourselves a goal we add a dose of willpower and self-motivation and see how can do it.
Cuida tu salud, mejora tu calidad de vida, Look after your health, improve your quality of life,

Be young eating Gelatin, a protein in its purest form

The jelly is a substance rich in animal proteins . Originally, it is almost colorless, but is often marketed with dyes and flavor enhancers. Is very low in calories, so it becomes a very light dessert and full of flavor that helps you maintain weight.

This is a natural food that contains collagen , the substance that makes up your bones, tendons, cartilage and ligaments, so it helps to keep joints in good condition and prevent joint injury. Since collagen is lost with age, consumption of foods rich in this protein is very beneficial. They say 10 grams of gelatin enough each day to help rebuild cartilage and bone.

Its use is especially recommended for pregnant women and children, and athletes, because it contains amino acids essential, such as proline and hydroxyproline, helps to regenerate muscle tissue that works in training.

And the benefits do not end there: it is free of cholesterol, no fat and is easy to digest.And even has cosmetic effects, it improves skin hydration. Most cosmetic products incorporating collagen with this, but there is evidence that collagen is ingested through foods is much more effective than that given topically.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

You will Not Get Fat With Carbohydrates. New Discovery

Scientists from 13 countries, including Spain, have signed an international consensus on the carbohydrates and the benefits to health, with which they want to stress that not fattening and are responsible for obesity .

The pact, signed earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) under the Fourth World Pasta Congress, has been driven by the U.S. organization Oldways, author in 1993, together with the World Health Organization, the famous Food Guide Pyramid.

Professor of Physiology at the University of Murcia Marta Garaulet, the Spanish representative in this international group, emphasized that these macronutrients are not behind the rise in obesity and that excess calories which pushes up the balance.


Garaulet said that at this time when obesity and diabetes are increasing worldwide, not only in developed western countries, pastas and other foods of low glycemic index may help control blood sugar levels and weight, and explained that very low carbohydrate diets are not healthy, especially in the long term.

Garaulet added that, as evidenced in this World Congress, has been shown that after a long-term dietary intervention with the same calorie menus and different proportions of nutrients, three types of monitoring gave rise to similar weight losses with irrespective of the proportions of nutrients.

However, according to this research, despite having similar weight losses, the rate of abandonment of the high protein diet is around 75 percent, that of the high fat, about 50 percent, and in less than 40 percent who followed a balanced diet.

"If we consider that the individual must learn to eat to maintain your desired weight throughout life, the best diet in the world is useless if you can not continue long term," the professor argues.

It has also warned that it is becoming fashionable to label certain foods with the "low carb", and says that the most surprising is that not only happens in countries like USA, Canada, Spain or Portugal, where about 47 percent of women say they are constantly on a diet, but in other places on earth where most of the population goes hungry.


On the coexistence of hunger, malnutrition and obesity, explained Garaulet Marta in Colombia, Chile and Argentina may coincide in the same family obese mothers and malnourished children, hungry and are obese, so that she should leave speak of malnutrition and overnutrition to go to called "malnutrition" to what is happening.

He assured that this surprising situation is only achieved by eating fast food with high caloric density and very low nutrient density, and gave as an example that a child may be obese, and starved, with the consumption of two liters of soda a day and a bag of potato chips as their only food.

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