The Andes and the Ocean Inspire Ecuadorian Abalone: Patemula

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One thing I love to do is feel free when it comes to creating a recipe. I am impressed, every day, by the mountains that surround me in Ecuador, volcanoes giving life generously. However, its the fresh ocean mist that comes to mind when I think about making food. I believe the ocean is intuitive and when I listen to it, my mind and body tell me to try a different mix, a new idea.

“Patemula” is the ecuadorian Abalone, found in the Esmeraldas province, one of the hottest spots for finding good products and good food as well. It was a bit rainy one day and I felt like I was somehow being protected by the Andes. This feeling reminded me that vegetables like  corn, fava beans and little potatos from my grandmother’s garden would go well with pretty much everything.  Also by intuition, I added small pieces of confit pork. The final touch was an emulsion made from orange and lemon blend, which added some perfumery freshness to the dish. Enjoy from afar!

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