31 Oct School Cook of The Year 2016, Maria Miller and Venezuelan Cuisine
The 2016 Scottish School Cook of the year Maria Millar impressed the judges with her dish of Chicken Enchiladas with Coleslaw and Strawberry Cheesecake inspired by her Venezuelan heritage.
Venezuelan cuisine is very diverse, and often ranges from region to region due to the cultural diversity of its people. Here are some of Venezuela’s most loved foods:
An arepa is a cornmeal bread that is cooked by either grilling, steaming or baking its dough, which can then be filled with a variety of fillings from beef and pork to cheese.
Cachitos are like the South American equivalent of the croissant, most commonly eaten at breakfast and filled with ham or cheese.
Empanadas are Venezuelan patties made from cornflour, somewhat resembling the British pasty. Baked or fried and fillings vary according to region, from chicken and beef to shark!
Quesillo is a typical Venezuelan dessert, very similar to flan which is similar in taste to a crème caramel!
Besilos de Coco:
These are traditional Venezuelan cookies, made from coconut and vanilla!