As soon as I walk into my grandma's house, a delicious aroma hits me and suddenly I'm floating to her kitchen. Her food always had a special taste that instantly brought me comfort. Beyond a sprinkle of love, the ingredient that gave her meals that signature flair was her sofrito.
When I first laid eyes on the fluorescent green beauty that is Tallarines Verdes, I was in the middle of my favorite Peruvian restaurant and terrified of what was before me. I had never seen such a green meal in my life! Especially on spaghetti. As a daring young kid, I decided to be brave and try this daunting meal. Best decision, ever.
When I first became vegan, I worried that I might have to give up some of my favorite dishes from my culture. In my eyes, Peruvian cuisine is some of the best food around. While most staple dishes consist of meat, I soon realized it isn't hard to find substitutes or workarounds that allow vegans to enjoy the same delicious meals, without the harm.