My Festival Burger + Win Tickets to De Parade (Coconut Crusted Chicken Burger with Spicy Coriander Sauce & Caramelized Pineapple)

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Summer is around the corner and that also means that festival season has started. When I first moved to the Netherlands, outdoors festivals were one thing I was very eager to experience. My husband had already talked non-stop on how good they were here. Good music, dancing in the sun with my love and of course great food. I was sold! So when Hellmann’s asked me to create my own festival burger and share it with you, of course I said yes!

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I have not been shy about my love for burgers, veggie and meat alike. With festivals lasting about half a day, we would always end up satisfying our hunger with burgers. The smell of the grill would just draw us in. And what better topping to a burger than a creamy and tangy sauce that will get your taste buds going with every bite? That’s why I created this crunchy and juicy coconut crusted chicken burger served with caramelized pineapple and a tangy & spicy coriander sauce, which I made with Hellmann’s. It is summer on a bun!

Now to the fun part, you can win 2 tickets to De Parade (You can choose the location). The only thing you have to do, is write a comment under the Instagram post of this blog post telling me what your favorite festival burger with Hellmann’s would be. It can also be vegetarian. You have until next Friday July 1st to participate. I will then choose a winner and make her or his favorite festival burger into a recipe!

This recipe makes 4 burgers.

Ingredients:

For the chicken marinade:
400gr of chicken breast (about 2 pieces of chicken breast)
500ml of buttermilk
½ a teaspoon of salt
½ a teaspoon of onion powder
½ a teaspoon of garlic powder
½ a teaspoon of paprika powder

For the chicken coating:
55grs of shredded coconut, unsweetened (1 cup)
60grs of panko breadcrumbs (1 cup)
½ a teaspoon of garlic powder
½ a teaspoon of onion powder
½ a teaspoon of salt
4 eggs, beaten
115grs of all-purpose flour (1 cup)

For the caramelized pineapple:
250grs of ripe pineapple, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of sugar

For the spicy coriander sauce:
300grs of Hellmann’s
½ bunch of coriander
1 ½ tablespoons of sriracha sauce, or more to taste
Juice of ½ a lime

Extras:
300ml of vegetable oil to cook the chicken
40grs of wasabi arugula or any lettuce of your choice
4 buns of your choice
Garden cress for decoration (optional)

For this recipe, I marinated the chicken in buttermilk overnight. This is a step that you can skip but I do advise you to do it. It requires minimal effort. It will take you about 5 minutes and it is worth it. The buttermilk will help tenderize the meat and the result is a very flavorsome and moist chicken.

So the night before, I placed one piece of chicken breast in between parchment paper and flattened it with a rolling pin, especially on the thicker parts. You want the whole piece to have the same thickness so that it will cook evenly.

You can also use a meat tenderizer. Repeat for the other piece of chicken. Then slice each peace into 2 even pieces, so that you have a total of 4 patties.

Make the marinade. Place the buttermilk in a medium container or bowl. Add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika powder. Mix well and add the pieces of chicken. Cover it and let it rest overnight in the fridge.

The next day, start by making the spicy coriander sauce. Blend 300grs of Hellmann’s with the coriander, sriracha sauce and lime juice. You can also put it in the food processor. Transfer it to a small bowl and keep it in the fridge covered until ready to use.

To make the caramelized pineapple, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Then add the sugar, mix it for a minute and then add the pineapple. Swirl the pan from time to time until the pineapple caramelizes. This will take about 7 minutes. Set it aside.

Then prepare the coating for the chicken. Have one bowl ready with the beaten eggs. In another bowl, mix the dried coconut with the panko, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Have another bowl ready with the flour.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade. First coat the chicken in the flour, then in the beaten eggs and finally in the coconut/panko mixture. Because I like it extra crispy, I did this twice per piece of chicken. Repeat until all 4 pieces of chicken are well coated.

Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the chicken. It is important that the oil is not super hot; otherwise the crust will get dark before the chicken is completely cooked through. This will take about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.

Once the chicken is fried, start to assemble each burger. Place a handful of wasabi arugula or lettuce of your choice on the bottom of your bun and then place the fried chicken on top. Top it with the spicy coriander sauce, caramelized pineapple and if you want also add some garden cress. Enjoy!

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The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

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Located at the newly relaunched Hotel Krasnapolsky, The White Room is led by 3 Michelin star chef Jacob Jan Boerma. The menu is based on his personal preference towards the use of spices and acidic tones. The team that carries out his vision is composed by chef de cuisine Arture Dalhuize, maître Richard Eerhardt and sommelier Isabel van Bueren. The room where this restaurant is located is registered as a monument and it is considered one of the oldest restaurants in Amsterdam. The name comes from the “Witte Zaal”, the original name of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in 1885.

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We started the evening with a lightly smoked macaron, structures of cucumber, salmon and a cream with herbs, and a tomato bonbon with spicy merengue. A little explosion of flavors in the mouth.

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Then we had the yogurt with beet and basil. The very airy and tangy yogurt complemented very well the sweetness of the beet.

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It was followed by the mackerel with herbs, yogurt and sea buckthorn. A light and elegant dish. I could have gone for seconds.

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The fish course was the trout with chlorophyll, crispy potato, green mustard and young garlic. A succulent piece of trout with julienned green apple and petit brunoised potato, which added a nice combination of textures to the dish.

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The meat course consisted of beef with ponzu and black garlic. The beef was very tender and flavorsome.

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Finally a dessert made out of lemon with aloe vera and buttermilk. A refreshing dessert with just enough amount of sweetness.

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Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Each dish was well-executed and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding.

The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

Dam 9, Amsterdam

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About last week

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Last Tuesday I attended a picnic at NEST, the new roof terrace of Hotel Casa 400. It was cold and rainy that afternoon but we made the best out of it. We got a tour of their edible garden and got a taste of their delicious menu. It has a great view of the city. So if weather permits, it is worth a visit!

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In the evening, I went to the launch of the Food Network at the College Hotel. If you have Ziggo, you will be able to enjoy it starting in July. I miss those kinds of cooking shows I used to watch when I lived in the States. Maybe it’s time for me to change TV providers!

On Wednesday, I took over Broste Copenhagen’s Instagram account. It is a brand that offers many gorgeous items for the home. It is one of my favorite interior brands and I have been using their tableware for a while now.

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On Thursday, I got up very early to get a tour of the Febo factory. We learned how the typical Dutch croquettes are made and how fresh all of their ingredients are. Later we had a guilty pleasures photo shoot with food from Febo as props (and our lunch). You can see the video underneath.

In the evening, I went to try the new menu of restaurant Anna in the red light district. It was such a delightful evening! You can see the whole review here.

The weekend was reserved to work on our new apartment, search for a floor and a bit of time for ourselves. We biked around the city for a bit since it was such a nice day (first picture).

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Restaurant Anna

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This hidden gem located in the Red Light district is run by chef Andrès Delpeut. He just renewed the menu and I was very excited to try it out. We were hungry after a very busy day so we went for the 8 course menu. We skipped the wines since we were also very tired.

Our amuse bouche was a mousse of white asparagus, a potato chip and mackerel rillette.

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Our first course was a tuna tartare stuffed in a cylinder of sesame seeds, wasabi cream cheese and soy dressing (first picture). This was one of my favorites of the evening. I love tuna tartare and this one was delightful. The crunchy and slightly sweet tuile of sesame seeds complemented the tuna very well.

Then we had the soft shell crab with sweet & sour radish and papaya.

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It was followed by the red mullet with trofie pasta in basil pesto, foam of bisque, saffron mayo and a sauce of razor clams. Seafood goodness!

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Afterwards, we had the truffle risotto with mushroom foam and a poached egg. Creamy and delicious!

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Next came the lamb chop with lamb wonton, asparagus and lamb broth. The lamb was very tender and juicy with crispy skin and the lamb wonton was very rich.

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It was followed by the duck liver. It was served with rhubarb compote, radish and an apple chip. This was another favorite of mine. The sweetness of the apple chip and slightly tang of the rhubarb compote was paired perfectly with the tender duck liver.

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Then we had the pre-dessert. Strawberries Romanoff with vodka mousse and a raspberry crackle. It was so good. The crackle reminded me of a candy from my childhood.

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The first dessert was a Vlaflip, a take on a very Dutch dessert. It had yogurt, pastry cream, red fruit, caramelized apple and vanilla ice cream.

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Our last course was the apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce, almond tuile and Tahiti vanilla ice cream. It was a great way to end the evening.

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Each dish was very well crafted and needless to say, we left every plate pretty clean. We went on a Thursday night and by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy so I advise you to make a reservation. I also saw a very large table, so they do take groups.

Restaurant Anna is open for dinner from Monday through Saturday from 6pm till 12am (the kitchen is open till 10:30pm). The prices are very reasonable. A 4 course menu will set you back 47.50 euros. A 5 course menu costs 55 euros and an 8 course menu costs 65 euros.

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Warmoesstraat 111, Amsterdam

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Kale, Mango & Spinach Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing

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This is a super easy and healthy salad with Asian flavors. If you want to make the avocado rose and you don’t know how to do it, you can check out my video here. Today I am taking over the Instagram account of Broste Copenhagen, an interior brand. They have beautiful products and I have been using them for a while now. All the tableware above is from them. If you would like to follow along, you can check out their Instagram page.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

For the salad:

1 large mango, julienned

1 avocado, thinly sliced

200grs of baby spinach

100grs of baby kale

1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons of minced ginger

2 teaspoons of red miso paste

4 tablespoons of sesame oil

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons of honey

2 small bird’s eye chili, finely chopped

Juice of 2 limes

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of chopped chives

 

Start by making the dressing. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until everything is combined. I didn’t add any salt because the miso paste is already quite salty.

Place the baby kale, baby spinach and mango in a large bowl. Add the dressing and mix well.

Divide the salad among 2 plates, sprinkle the black sesame seeds and then add the avocado. If you want, also add some edible flowers. Enjoy!

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Mint Fudge Ice Cream (All natural color)

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Mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favorite flavors, unfortunately for some reason it is not very popular here. So now that I finally have an ice cream machine, this was one flavor I was very eager to make at home. Instead of chocolate chips, I mixed it with fudge ice cream. It is such a delicious combination. And the best part, it has no artificial coloring. By placing the sugar and fresh mint leaves in the food processor, you get this wonderful natural green color.

This recipe makes about 2 liters of ice cream.

Ingredients:

For the mint ice cream:

1 ½ cups of whole milk

2 cups of cream

1 1/2 cup of sugar

5 egg yolks

1 bunch of mint, leaves only (about 1 cup of packed mint leaves)

For the fudge ice cream:

3 cups of whole milk

2 cans of condensed milk (total of 800grs)

1 cup of sifted cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

 

Start by making the fudge ice cream. Place the milk, vanilla and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the cocoa powder has dissolved into the milk. Then add the condensed milk and stir with a wooden spoon for about 15 minutes. You know it’s done when you draw a line with your finger on the back of the spoon and it stays. Allow it to cool down to room temperature.

In the meanwhile, start making the mint ice cream base. Place the mint and the sugar in the food processor. Pulse until the mint has been incorporated into the sugar and you have a nice even green colored sugar. Place the mint sugar in a large bowl and add the egg yolks. Whisk until it is well combined.

Place the milk and the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it comes to a simmer, slowly pour it into the bowl with the mint and egg yolks while whisking fast. It is important to add it slowly so that the egg yolks don’t curdle. Then transfer it back to the saucepan and stir for about 8 minutes until it thickens. You know it’s done when you draw a line with your finger on the back of the spoon and it stays.

Then pass it through a fine mesh sieve. Allow it to cool down to room temperature.

Once both ice cream bases are at room temperature, place them in the fridge overnight for the flavors to develop or at least till both mixtures are complete cold.

Freeze the fudge mixture in the ice cream maker according to the manufactures instructions. This ice cream will be a lot softer than normal ice cream, so transfer it to an airtight container as fast as possible. Place it in the freezer.

Freeze the mint ice cream base in the ice cream maker according to the manufactures instructions. Once it is done, remove the fudge ice cream from the freezer. Get a large airtight container ready, add about ¼ of the fudge ice cream and then ¼ of the mint ice cream. Continue doing this until you have no more ice cream left, this will create a marble effect. Freeze overnight.

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Vault Bar (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

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Yesterday evening was the launch of the new cocktail menu of the Vault bar located at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam. Renowned Portuguese bartenders Wilson and Tiago were in charge of developing this new menu. The concept of the bar was inspired by the previous function of the location. The entire cocktail menu was unveiled at the bank vault.

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It is a very intimate bar and it all starts with the details. The cocktail menu is presented in a wallet stocked with bills, each which represent a different cocktail recipe from a different part of the world.

Each cocktail has a unique combination of flavors and a whimsical presentation. We were welcomed with a take on champagne and oysters. A salty champagne foam topped with pop rocks and served on an oyster shell.

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We ordered a few of the cocktails before the actual presentation of the menu. So we were all like kids in a candy store every time each drink would come, as we had no idea what it would look like.

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My first cocktail was the Nuevo Sol. I am always very eager to try a new Pisco recipe. This one had Pisco Acholado, cherimoya & pickled pear ceviche and huacatay. It was delicious, a little taste of Peru in Amsterdam.

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I also tried the Dirham which was made with saffron infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Fermented dates, verjus, turmeric, paprika, candied citrus & cocoa powder. The Rupee, a mix of Chaat masala infused Absolut Elyx Vodka, coriander, verjus, curried pineapple, ginger & IPA beer.

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The real, made with Leblon cachaça, beetroot, Acai, coffee & rose pepper infused porter beer. It was like sipping a luscious dessert.

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I also really enjoyed The Baht, a mix of pandan infused Pampero white rum, kaffir Limoncello, coconut & lemon grass cream and laos. A heavenly drink served with cotton candy.

More than just cocktails, they’ve created a unique experience. A trip around the world in liquid form. And let’s not forget about the bites. All come from the kitchen of the 2 Michelin star chef Sidney Schutte. So you can definitely expect your taste buds to be amazed. The Waldorf Astoria also offers a delightful Afternoon Tea. You can read more about it here. You can still get a peek of the launch on my Snapchat: cravingsinams.

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Vault Bar at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam

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Oven-Baked Chicken Wings with Cherry BBQ Sauce

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I’ve partnered with Hero Fruit to create this chicken recipe. I used their cherry jam to make this BBQ sauce. A very easy recipe that requires minimal effort, so perfect for a weeknight dinner. For the Dutch version of this recipe, you can check out www.herojamstudio.nl.

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This recipe serves 2 to 3 people.

Ingredients:

1 kilo of chicken wings

1 cup of ketchup

½ cup of Hero Original cherry jam

5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon of salt

A pinch of black pepper

½ a teaspoon of cayenne (optional)

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of chopped chives (optional)

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Recipe instructions:

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

First, make the cherry BBQ sauce. Place the ketchup, cherry jam, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the cherry BBQ sauce into a large bowl and add the chicken wings. Mix it well so all the wings are evenly coated in the sauce.

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Place a sheet of parchment paper in the oven dish, you can skip this but it makes cleaning it afterwards easier.

Spread the wings in a single layer on the oven dish. Reserve the leftover BBQ sauce for later.

Bake them for 1 hour. After 30 minutes, take them out of the oven, brush them with the remaining BBQ sauce and then finish baking for the remaining half an hour.

Once the wings are baked, pour the remaining juices from the wings into a pan. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes until it becomes a thick sauce.

Serve the wings; brush them with the sauce that you reduced in a pan. Sprinkle some chopped chives and enjoy!

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Salted Chocolate Ganache Tart with Coconut Macaroon Crust

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I made this tart a couple of weeks ago for a friend of mine that came over. It is very easy to assemble. It has a chewy coconut macaroon crust, a rich chocolate ganache filling and a sprinkle of sea salt adds the final touch. For the crust, I used coconut condensed milk for extra coconut flavor. If you can’t find it, just use regular condensed milk.

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This recipe is for a 35x11cm tart mold, preferably with a detachable bottom.

Ingredients:

For the coconut macaroon crust:

1 egg white

2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup of coconut condensed milk (you can also use regular condensed milk)

Pinch of salt

For the filling:

375ml of whipping cream

225grs of dark chocolate, chopped

30grs of salted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Extras:

Sea salt for sprinkling over the tart

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and grease your mold with a bit of vegetable oil.

Start by making the crust. Place egg white, condensed milk, shredded coconut and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Then press it into the bottom of your prepared baking mold. Try to make the crust as even as possible. I used the back of a spoon to press it into the mold.

Bake it for about 13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Be careful that the edges don’t burn. Allow it to cool down completely.

Once the crust is cold, start to make the ganache filing. Place the cream and vanilla essence in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the cream starts to simmer, turn off the heat. Add the chopped chocolate and butter to the cream. Stir until everything has melted. Then pass it through a sieve to make sure there are no lumps.

Carefully pour the ganache over the crust. Place it in the fridge to set for at least four hours or better overnight.

Sprinkle some sea salt before serving. Enjoy!

Keep it stored in the fridge.

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Peruvian Rice with Clams & Prawns (Arroz con Mariscos)

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This morning I had to go to the Peruvian embassy to vote so I thought, might as well have a Peruvian lunch.This is my version of the classic Arroz con Mariscos., a Peruvian rice with seafood. It usually also has fish, octopus, squid and scallops. Mine is a simpler version with just prawns and clams. It is like a seafood risotto with chilies, coriander and lime. For this recipe you need 2 kinds of Peruvian chili paste. You can usually find them at Latin American stores or online.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

7 cups of cooked rice

500grs of clams (I used cockles)

400grs of large prawns

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of butter

½ red onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of aji panca (a type of Peruvian Chili paste)

2 tablespoons of aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chili paste)

½ cup of white wine

1 cup of fish or seafood stock (you can also use any stock you like)

1/3 cup of tomato puree

250ml of cream

¾ cup of frozen peas

20grs of grated parmesan

½ cup of chopped coriander

Salt to taste

Juice of ½ a lime

Extras:

More chopped coriander for decoration

Lime wedges for serving

 

Cook the rice. Once it is cooked, start with the rest.

Rinse the clams under cold water for a couple of minutes. Discard of any that are open and don’t close when you tap them.

In a large pan over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and cook until translucent.

Then add the garlic, aji panca and aji amarillo. Cook for 1 minute while stirring.

Add the prawns and cook until they turn pink and are cooked through. This will only take a few minutes, depending on their size. Remove the prawns from the pan and set them aside.

Add the white wine, clams and stock to the same pan where you cooked the prawns. Cover it with a lid until the clams open. Once the clams are cooked, remove them from the pan and set them aside. Discard of any that didn’t open.

Add the tomato puree to the same pan. Stir to mix it well and then add the cooked rice. Stir and add the cream, Parmesan, peas and coriander. Stir until the peas are cooked. Add the juice of ½ a lime and salt to taste.

To plate up, place the prawns and clams on top of the rice. Add extra chopped coriander and serve with lime wedges.

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