Bolivian peanut soup is considered one of the country’s tastiest dishes, with only a few ingredients but lots of flavour. It is typically served for special occasions such as birthdays, parties or as a Sunday meal. It was also the last meal of Che Guevara! He had a bowl of sopa de mani, made by a local teacher, when he was a prisoner in La Higuera, Bolivia.
Your online La Paz experience will start with a welcome from your Bolivian hosts and the chance to meet other participants joining from around the world. In Bolivian culture, cooking isn’t just about the meal, but about coming together with family, and we’ll do just that, as you’re welcomed into a local family’s home.
We’ll start with a glass of your favourite drink – your hosts will pour themselves a chuflay, which is Bolivia’s national cocktail and made with Singani, a brandy only produced in the country’s high valleys. If you’d like to make your own version of a chuflay, it is made in a tall glass, with ice, a jigger of Singani (brandy) and filled with ginger ale, lime slices and then garnished with a slice of lime.
We’ll then begin our hands-on cooking class, with your chef giving step-by-step instructions. You will learn about the key ingredients and spices needed to make it as authentic as possible – the perfect skill to learn from home if you can’t travel to Bolivia right now!
To really make you feel like you’re in the Bolivian highlands, your hosts will have some of their favourite folk music playing in the kitchen and will teach you a few words and phrases in Aymara, the country’s official Native American language.
Once your soup is ready, your chef will show you how to plate it. Then, savour this delicious meal alongside your hosts – it will taste even better because you’ve cooked it with your own hands!
You will need:
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 150 grams beef (see below for vegetarian/vegan alternatives)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 medium-sized purple onion
- 1 medium-sized carrot
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 small turnip
- 50 grams pumpkin
- 1 cup white peanuts
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 tbsp peas
- 100 grams pasta (macaroni, rigatoni or conchiglioni)
- 200 ml vegetable oil
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tbsp dried oregano
- 2 stems parsley
- Salt, ground pepper and ground cumin seeds to taste
- 200 grams fresh mushrooms
- 25 ml soy sauce
- 50 grams broccoli
- 200 grams cheese (gruyere or parmigiano–reggiano)
frying pan, a pot of 4 liters, knife, chopping board, blender or mixer, ladle, skimmer, 2 wooden pallets, 6 bowls, some absorbent paper towel
Inclusions: Local English- and Spanish-speaking guide.
Exclusions: Ingredients and supplies for your cooking class. A list will be sent to you via email ahead of your experience.
Your Trip: For your online Urban Adventure experience, you will be in a small Zoom or Meet group of a maximum of 20 people.
Confirmation of booking: After booking, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom or Google Meet meeting.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than 1 day before the experience will receive a full refund. Cancellations within this period attract a 100% cancellation fee.