Thimpu/Puchero in Carnival, Cuzco
Abundance and moisture define carnival in the Peruvian highlands. At this time when lightning zigzags with abandon across the jagged landscape accompanying squalls of intense rain, and people with brightly colored serpentine streamers dance in circles and snaking lines, food celebrates water and completeness.
Thimpu, (pronounced team-pooh), also called puchero (pronounced pooh-cháy-row), defines the season. With its combination of meats, starchy vegetables, green vegetables, and fruits all cooked in water, it is the Peruvian dish that brings past and present together in this wet time when the fields are entering full production. Read the rest of this entry