Today was great. It started with a tour to the market in Arequipa. I’ve been to interesting markets in various places, and this one was no exception. It had its typical vegetables and fruits, clothing, trinkets, and other various items. It also had a huge natural medicine area which I haven’t typically seen. Also about 75 varieties of potatoes. They claim there are over 3,000 varieties in Peru. Our guide told us about different types of plants people buy for good luck. She also got us some fruits to try. The fruits looked absolutely delicious.
Then we passed the meat area. I’m always grossed out by this area, but this was really gross! (Prepare yourself)
Next it was off to cooking class. There were about 12 of us ready to make a delicious Andean meal. The menu was fresh salad, rocoto relleno, and potato pie. We learned all about the ingredients, then got to work pealing, chopping, and preparing. Check out our first course.
We then made the rocoto relleno which is a spicy pepper stuffed with meat, raisins, peanuts, onions, and spices. While cooking it, we added some straight pisco to the meat, which added some flavor. It turned out amazing! It really was delicious.
As the next part of our Peruvian cooking experience we learned all about the National Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour. Of course it’s no fun to just hear about them, we also had to make them. Ingredients include: 3 parts pisco, 1 part lime juice, 1 part simple syrup, one egg white ( yes, egg white), and bitters. They come in many varieties but those are the basics. SALUD!
“All U Can Eat” -Ben Folds