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Mole de Xico

Mole de Xico

Photo by Laurie Smith So many peopel have been asking for my mole recipe so I am reposting it. Okay!  Don’t get scared!  This mole is not as difficult as it would seem by the long headnote.  Break it up…

The perfect trip- Belated posting

The perfect trip- Belated posting

Me, arqueologist Gaby Freyre, Marta  Nuñez and Charo Dominguez When ever I go to a new city or country and I know someone who lives there I like to ask them to show me their London, their Barcelona, or their…

Arequipa; World Heritage Site

Arequipa; World Heritage Site

The Kitchen at El Convento de Santa Cecilia. Photo by Pedro Luis de Aguinaga This is my second-to-the -last post on Peru.  I have felt it necessary to share the wonderful and not-so-wonderful experiences I lived in this fascinating country…

Market at Arequipa

Market at Arequipa

                          The first place I go when I arrive in a city new to me is head for the market. Of course I will have already done my…

Black Mint (Huacatay) Sauce, Salsa de Huacatay

Black Mint (Huacatay) Sauce, Salsa de Huacatay

When I first tasted huacatay (Tagetes minuta), I was not exactly seduced. In fact I did not like it one bit and it was everywhere, in every dish it seemed. Now I am addicted to its indescribable flavor.  Luckily I…

Cebiche Don Fernando

Cebiche Don Fernando

It wasn’t until our second to the last day that we were in Peru before I had Peru’s signature dish: cebiche or ceviche but then it was an embarrassment of riches. We  were being treated like royalty  and lavished with…

Gaston Acurio’s 18-course tasting menu

Gaston Acurio’s 18-course tasting menu

No doubt if you know me and my site you also know that I am not a fan of molecular or fusion food in general but my recent meal tracing the history of food in Peru through its ingredients at…

Cusco Market- A trip into the unknown and unexpected

Cusco Market- A trip into the unknown and unexpected

A trip to the Cusco market for anyone involved in or interested in the food business is mandatory and a guide is essential.  I’ve never been to any market with so many strange and wondrous things.  Even before you walk…

Cusco and impressions

Cusco and impressions

            I am not a religious person but I experienced two very different but profoundly exalting experiences in Peru that could be described as  deeply  spiritual. The first was Machu Picchu which I suppose everyone…