They say there’s a first time for everything. This weekend was my first time mountain biking. I didn’t know how to say that in Spanish, but it was the best although now it hurts when I sit.

Following with the subject of trying something new, this week’s recipe is the Peruvian dish known as “arroz tapado” or covered rice (or molded rice with meat filling, rice on top, ground beef and rice, the list goes on). Traditionally, this is made with ground beef but I have twice made it with ground turkey and I really like it. I encourage you to try it, with whichever meat you prefer.

½ kilo of ground turkey or other
1 onion, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
¼ cup raisins
3-4 pitted olives, chopped
2-3 hard boiled eggs
2 cups cooked rice, approx.

Spice the meat with salt and pepper.

Fry the garlic and onion in oil. Add the meat and let it cook all the way.

Add the raisins and olives. Also, add the chopped eggs.

Place the meat filling mold, between two layers of cooked rice. Unmold onto the dish that it will be served in. You may need pacience for unmolding. Try flat moldes for better results.

Garnish with cilantro and egg slices.

Serves 2-3 people.