The flag was originally adopted in 1851 and features the Bolivian Coat of Arms. It is one of the only 6 flags in the world which shows a depiction of the flag itself. FLAG-ception…
DishesPapas a La Huancaina
Time 30 minutes
Effort 4/10
Rough cost £5
Capital La Paz (legislative), Sucre (judicial)
Population 11, 469, 896 (82nd largest)
Land mass 1, 098, 581 km2 (27th largest)
Languages Spanish (+ 33 other official languages!)


Bolivia is a land-locked country in west-central South America, with its landscape ranging from the peaks of Andes in the west to the Amazon Basin in the lowlands. It is a multiethnic country full of indigenous culture, language and flair.

Bridget made Papas a la Huancaina which is a potato-based salad dish that is very popular staple of any pot-luck in Bolivia. Interestingly, it has a unique peanut creamy sauce. This was SO good. The sauce is nutty, creamy, with just a bit of cheesiness + heat. It was also so easy to make – so go for it!

Hope everyone is doing ok.


Papas a la Huancaina



  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (not as traditional as roasted peanuts but works exactly the same)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Splash of milk / cream *I used vegan Oatly creme (this adds a creamy texture)
  • 3 garlic gloves, finely chopped
  • 1 hawt fresh chilli, finely chopped (can sub with hot sauce)
  • 1 tbsp vegan yeast flakes (this is for the cheese flavour – traditionally use queso fresco)
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • 10 medium potatoes, boiled, cooled + chopped
  • 1 medium lettuce
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 5 boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • Handful of parsley


  1. In a blender, blitz the peanut butter (or peanuts) with 1 cup of water and whatever milk/cream product you desire. Add the hot sauce at this stage if using. It should form a smooth, liquid paste.
  2. In a pan, fry the garlic and chilli (if using) in some veg oil to brown it.
  3. Then add the peanut paste and cook on a low heat until the desired consistency is reached. Add whatever cheesiness you want right at the end, along with the salt + pepper.
  4. Make sure to taste the sauce! If its not spicy enough – add more chilli! If its not cheesy enough – add more cheese / yeast flakes. If its too thick – add some more water or creaminess!
  5. To serve, put all the salad ingredients onto the table & let people build their own plate! In Bolivia, you would put a big lettuce leaf down and put all the other ingredients on top. YUM!

Gracias and see you in Bosnia + Herzegovinia! M + B x

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