|We are having to add to our wardrobe with smaller sizes, not all bad|
|My friends recognized me even in civilian clothes|
2. A batch of cookies
3. An Almond Joy
4. All the stuff I like to eat
5. Ice cream. "Which one I asked?" "Don't know, too many I have not tried here in Peru."
6. Cakes and Pies
8. I miss sweets!
9. Chocolate covered cherries with fondant
10. Orange sticks
My list was a little different:
1. All the potatoes I would want to eat. Peru, among other things, has the best potatoes on the planet. Papas Amarillas are my favorite but there are others that I enjoy.
2. The above mentioned potatoes need to be accompanied with carne, i.e. steak, alpaca, chicken Peruvian style or just the Sunday dinners I cook.
3. Lomo Saltado. This is a wonderful dish of onions, fine beef, tomatoes, peppers and more, piled on top of the best french fries on the planet.
4. Chocolate from Arequipa
5. RA's tuna casserole
6. Chocolate ice cream
7. Pancakes with real butter, or even with fake butter
8. Grilled cheeseburgers, french fries, and a Coke
9. Whole milk
10. A Snickers Bar
We will likely continue dieting and walking. The weather is cooler and pleasant most days to be walking in our neighborhood. My new Merrill walking shoes arrived from the US and they have made a change for the better.
|Too warm to hold, just off the stove|
At one of our favorite markets we found, the original and native to Peru, ground cherries. As a kid we used to have homemade ground cherry jam on waffles and pancakes. Now that RA has made jam from our recent purchase the diet will be set aside to enjoy it on some pancakes. We don't have a waffle iron but maybe for the occasion we will acquire one. It brings back lots of fond memories of home growing up in Centerville. Thanks Mom and RA for so many good things in life that I am the beneficiary of. Peru remains an incredible place with so much to discover and to enjoy.
|Known as Inca berries though the Peruvian name is 'Aguayamanto'|
Our friends from the Temple "came" to dinner at our place and instead they brought the best dishes on the table. We learned about a new vegetable native to Peru called 'Cayhua.' It is a member of the cucumber family but does not taste like one, more like a pepper but not hot. They were stuffed and delicious. We also had a quinoa dish with cheese from Arequipa, milk and other ingredients. It is the best way to enjoy quinoa we have found.
Caihua like many other foods, plants, and vegetables in Peru is being studied for their medicinal uses. Among the claims for Caihua are blood pressure, cholesterol lowering, and diabetes prevention. Caihua was taken to Florida and planted and has become a pest, not as prevalent as kudzu but bordering on the obnoxious due to its vines that when mature can be climbed on. One other verified claim we can make for Caihua is that it is very pleasant to enjoy with friends on a Sunday afternoon in Lima Peru.
|The Caihua fruits are hollow for easy stuffing. The seeds are removed during preparation.|