I have been severly lacking in food posts lately. Especially considering that Peru is know for gastronomy and its unique fusion cuisines. And especially because Peru has an array of foods that we, as Americans, wouldn´t dream of eating. Here´s a few highlights:
Cuy: I don´t think a Peruvian food post could escape without mentioning the family pet that ends up on Peruvian´s plates as a delicacy on holidays. Also more commonly referred to as guinea pig.
Besides the unusual presentation, it wasn´t half bad. A little greasy, and difficult to eat around all its little bones, but when it’s stuffed with herbs, served on a bed of noodles with a rocotto relleno (stuffed pepper), it was definitely edible. Just close your eyes and take a bite!
The other “unique” food served in Peru is alpaca. Alpaca steaks are low in cholesterol, slightly gamey (think along the lines of venison but to a lesser extent), and generally free of excess fat. My Dad mentioned the similarity in taste to an excellent pork chop and that´s a pretty good description too!
As I previously mentioned, fusion cuisines are pervasive here in Cusco highlighting everything from French/Peruvian or Australian/Peruvian to Chinese/Peruvian. One of my favorite fusions we encountered last weekend in Aguas Calientes after seeing Machu Picchu at Indio Feliz, a French/Peruvian restaurant. For about $15, you started out with a soup or salad (such as the Avocado / Mango salad or Bacon and Egg Quiche below), main course (such as my Dad´s pineapple chicken or my Mom´s Mango trout), and finished with a dessert. Delicious.
Finally, let´s top it all off with some dessert. The Barack Obama Chocolate cake from a bakery in Lucre.. mmm