By David Knowlton

Having a Great Ceviche (Wayra)

Having a Great Ceviche (Wayra)

Ceviche can be called Peru’s signature dish, like a flourish from a masterful hand that flows across the page and stands legally for that person and what she or he represents.

It is widely celebrated in the press as a pinnacle of Peruvian cuisine. Though simple, it requires much attention to detail in the selection of the right fish, and other ingredients, as well as care in the timing of submitting the fish to the fascinating tartness of Peruvian limes. Read the rest of this entry

Our Salads Bring Balance to a Meal

Fresh Salad

Fresh Salad

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

One of our customs in the city of Cuzco is to eat any main dish with a hot sauce, an aji as we call it, and a fresh and refreshing salad. At the moment we eat our lunches both are present, whether in a restaurant of in our homes.

Various kinds of salads are prepared for our lunches. One of the most well known is made from onions, cucumber and tomato. Another is the ensalada rusa, the Russian salad. An additional one we eat a lot is the parsley salad. Read the rest of this entry

Anticuchos (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)

Anticuchos (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Today, October 19th, Peru celebrates the national day of the anticucho, one of the banner dishes of Peru and one that symbolizes it like its national flag. Most every one eats anticuchos. They are skewers of meat that are seasoned and grilled, and served with boiled potatoes and a spicy sauce of aji, our hot peppers.

Anticuchos are prepared in all the cities of Peru though every city has its own way of making them and serving them. Read the rest of this entry

The Lord of Miracles Takes to the Streets Today

By David Knowlton

Peru’s great Lord of Miracles makes his annual procession through the streets of Lima today and tomorrow.  Born by devotees, he comes out of the Nazarenas Church and is joined by large masses of people as he makes his way to the Church of Our Lady of Victories (Nuesta Señora de las Victorias) before making his way back home on Sunday.

Besides in Lima, images of the Lord of Miracles will process in cities throughout Peru, including Cusco, as well as in other countries where there are Peruvians and people devoted to him. This event is one the greatest events of the year in Peru where it mobilizes tens of thousands of people, and maybe even hundreds of thousands, and is at the center of a vast network of social, economic, and spiritual life.  It is also considered one of the largest manifestations of Catholicism in the world. Read the rest of this entry

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

Doña Pepa’s Turrón (Photo: Wayra)

Doña Pepa’s Turrón (Photo: Wayra)

Doña Pepa’s Turron is a traditional sweet from Peru´s north. Each year its demand grows and it is more eaten, generally in the month of October called the purple month in honor of the Lord of Miracles, Peru’s patron saint.

With all the colored sprinkles of covering the turron, attached to it with a flavored honey-like syrup, it just looks delicious and attractive from glassed in displays. A rainbow of bright colors, shapes looks at you enticingly. Though they are attractive and wonderful, every layer of this complex and composite sweet steals away any anxiety you might have about trying this traditional and seasonal sweet. Read the rest of this entry

Isolated Peoples Moving towards Contact

Isolated People Around  Yanayacu River, Alto Madre de Dios

Isolated People Around Yanayacu River, Alto Madre de Dios

By Donaldo Humberto Pinedo Macedo

When father David Martinez de Aguirre, Dominican Missionary in the native community of Kirigueti told me that those called “Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation or Initial Contact” were not such and, rather, were “family groups in captivity”, his position seemed exaggerated to me.  My only up-to-date information at the time was from headlines in social media or on the web pages of organizations that defend indigenous rights. Read the rest of this entry

Purple and Sweet Picarones for October

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Cusco's Favorite Sweet Picarones (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cusco’s Favorite Sweet Picarones (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Peru has entered into the month of Purple, October Part of that month is that we consume wonderful sweets of the season. Among these are the “picaros picarones”, the doughnut like fired dough rings that sweeten peoples taste buds and attitudes in our city,

This delicious desert is made from wheat flour with the addition of one of two different ingredients, squash or sweet potato. When they are served flavored syrup is poured over them. Read the rest of this entry

Apu Ausangate, the Mountain Lord of Cusco

The Great Mountain Lord (Apu) of Cusco, Ausangate (Eric Rayner)

The Great Mountain Lord (Apu) of Cusco, Ausangate (Eric Rayner)

By Eric Rayner

The great mountain Lord (Apu) of Cusco is called Ausangate. On a clear day Ausangate’s north face is visible to Cusco like a massive, shimmering pyramid rising more than 20,000 feet. Every morning Quechua-speakers throughout the region pay their respects to the mountain Lord with a K’intu (An offering of three perfect coca leaves) and incense. They appease the Apu and request his protection for their loved ones, animals and fields. In the past, the great Inca of Cusco also presented offerings to Ausangate on hilltop shrines around the great city praying for the continued flow of energy in the form of sun, water and good crops to ensure a stable empire. Read the rest of this entry

By Walter Coraza Morveli

Mrs. Josefina Offering Her Bread (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Mrs. Josefina Offering Her Bread (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The great Tanta Raymi, or Fiesta of Bread, is a traditional festivity carried out in Oropesa, a town close to Cuzco, every year in the month of October. The town is recognized today as the bread district of Peru and especially of the amazing chuta bread, in all their variety and different forms of presentation.

Amidst a great multitude of people on a day filled with sunlight and blue skies Oropesa carried out this festivity to honor their traditional product, bread, both because of its concept and because of its importance within the traditions of Cuzco.

The festivity was carried out in the town’s sport complex where there were around 50 stands that exhibited the deferent presentations of Oropesa’s bread. All of its bakeries were present, each with their own tradition and recipes. They also were competing to be named the best bakery of the year. Each has its own style and its bread has its own taste. Read the rest of this entry

Peru's Favorite Snack (Wayra)

One of Peruvian Favorite Snack, Chifles (Wayra)

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

Chifles are a popular snack in Peru. They are thin slices of Green plantains that have a unique flavor. In some cases it is salt and in other a bit sweet. These delicious snacks are typical of Peru’s north, especially the region of Piura.

The plantains used to fry for this treat should in most cases be green and not ripe. When green they are still firm and not too sweet. As a result of their texture the slices keep their shape and their flavor, their balance of starch and sweet, is perfect. If you want sweeter chifles, you choose a riper plantain, but then you begin to lose control of the shape. Read the rest of this entry

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