My Life in Peru

An Expat Mom Shares Her Experiences with Peruvian Life, Travel and Food

Gaining Weight in Peru

In my years living in Peru, I’ve heard many people talk about how they lost weight when they came here. Between a more natural (less processed) diet and doing a lot more walking, that’s true for some. However, the longer I’m here, the more I think the opposite is true in the long run. When […]

Come tu Quaker!

I love breakfast. I especially love it when my husband goes out and buys it 😀 He goes to this lady down the street (back behind Ace Home Center on Angamos) who sells breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, quinoa and coffee, all from a tiny little cart. She has a wide variety of sandwiches, all served on […]

Adobo de Pollo

Back in December, when I was doing the whole Reverb10 thing, I did a post about how I love to cook and how cooking for my family “completes me”. I added a picture to that post of a dish called adobo de pollo, thinking I’d soon put a recipe for it on here – and […]

Sudado de Pescado

When I first moved to Peru, my husband’s house was basically empty. He had been living out of the country, and the rest of his family had been using his home for storage of the things they didn’t need.  As I got settled in, we started buying appliances; one of the first things we got […]

Aji de Huacatay

Yay! It’s Friday – Hope everyone has some great plans for the weekend. We’re getting together with a group of friends to play football (soccer, not gridiron).  And hopefully, ceviche afterward. I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s anticucho recipe that it should always be served with aji. There are two types that are pretty […]

Cau Cau de Mondongo

Much like in the US, there are dishes in Peru that are remnants from the days when slavery was common. These dishes are usually made using the “less desirable” cuts of meat and food that was cheap or even left over from the slave owners.  In the US, we have chitterlings (or chitlins, as most […]

Papa Rellena Peruana

A week or so ago, someone sent me a message asking me if I knew what papa rellena was, and if I had a recipe for it. You betcha! Papa rellena is Spanish for stuffed potato, and it’s a common appetizer and street food. When the boys were very little, street vendors outside the school […]

Delicious Coconut Cocadas

I’m a big fan of coconut. When I was a kid, Mounds was my favorite candy bar. My grandmother made a coconut cake that would make you weep with joy. I love coconut milk, coconut candy, piña coladas…  anything with coconut. That’s why one of my favorite bakery treats in Peru is the cocada. I’m […]

Soul Food and Ordinary Joy

December 26 – Soul Food What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins) December 27 – Ordinary Joy Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? […]

I Make Things Delicious

So here it is Monday, a new week of reflecting on the year past and sending out some powerful vibes for the year to come.  Today’s Reverb10 prompt – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some […]

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    I got tired of life happening while I made other plans, so I quit my job and came to Peru. I live here with my Peruvian husband, two sons, three dogs and various other family members, depending on the weather.

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