Cooking using just native ingredients and enjoying live music later :)
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January 30th, 2010 – by: yadilitta
As agreed we met at Robert's hostel at 5pm. First thing was going to the kitchen and check if we had all the necessary tools: pots, pan, knives, boards, etc. Yay! We got everything. Now, the ingredients. Robert had still some of the things he bought at the market: corn, pepino (a native fruit) and chili. He has already eaten the rest, hahaha. Ok, let's go to the supermarket and see what we could buy there. We didn't have any idea about what to cook, we'd decide it once we check what was available at the supermarket and looked fresh & interesting.
We would make a salad and for this we bought veggies: caihua (I have seen this just in Peru) Robert saw that at the market the day before and wanted to try it, tomatoes, yacon (similar to the yucca, just the shape. When I told Robert I haven't even eaten that, he grabbed it and put in our basket, hahaha) & fruits: tumbo (this is from the tropical areas and I have never had it if not as juice, so let's put it in the basket), cocona (the rainforest fruit he loved so much yesterday) and passion fruit for the dressing. For the entrée we didn't want any meat, just veggies. We got a piece of the Peruvian large squash, some ollucos (a small potato with a particular earthy flavor), onions and Andean cheese. I saw the huacatay, the herb we tried yesterday at dinner and pointed it. Robert couldn't help it and ate a leaf, hahaha.
Back at the hostel we started cooking. I became the sous chef :) We boiled the corn, squash and potatoes, but not together. I was in charge of the salad and put everything in a bowl. Mmm, the yacon was yummy! It was crunchy and matched perfect with the salad. Before starting chopping the caihua I wanted Robert to take a close look at it. Its appearance is unique. Anyway, I put all the ingredients in a bowl and prepared he dressing with passion fruit juice, since it was sour Robert added a dash of orange juice and then I seasoned it with salt & sugar. Yes, our salad looked more like a fruit salad but was really really good.
In the other station of the kitchen, Robert was frying the onions, chili and garlic. Then he added the ollucos, squash and corn.
Well, our meal was ready. It was time to enjoy it! Even when I have tried most of the ingredients before, this was the first time I was eating them in such a different style. Also it was my first time for the yacon and tumbo. Nice! I was learning something new :) Salad was so fresh and very tasty. Our entree was definitely something new for me. Squash was "al dente" and I usually it when it's really soft almost puree. I like it! The corn was amazing as always and the grated cheese was the perfect touch.
I got a name, drove back home, took a quick shower, got ready, made a reservation and went back to meet Robert. This time I wasn't driving. We took a cab and drove to this place. It was in Barranco, but was a small one, not located in the popular areas but on a small street.
Well, we were stuffed with our dinner, but it didn't mean we couldn't have a beer. Also, I wasn't driving. But you know when you eat, you can't help it to chew something, so we ordered some yuccas. They were yummy! Music was fun, the musicians were great. They play the instruments, but also sing. It was loud, but not that much, so we could chat without problems.
It was time to go. We were a bit tired and Robert had to catch a flight next morning. It was so great to hang out with him today and look forward to meet him when he's back in Lima. I'd read his blog to be aware of his adventures in Peru :)
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