My Life in Peru

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

Arroz Tapado


Arroz tapado is one of those dishes that is just so simple, and so satisfying that you want to eat it all the time. The name literally means “covered rice” in Spanish. The dish is made with cooked rice that’s molded into layers with seasoned beef.  It’s another one of those “comfort foods” that everyone likes […]

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 […]

Sopa a la Minuta – Quick and Easy Lunch or Dinner


Peruvian cooking, for the most part, takes time. Most cooking is from scratch, and often there’s preparation that has to be done in advance, like making aderezos or preparing aji. But even Peruvian cuisine has some simpler dishes (ok, comparatively speaking) that can be cooked up fairly quickly. One of those dishes is sopa a […]

How Do You Say Spices in Peru?


No matter how delicious Peruvian food is, if you come from another country there are bound to be times when you find yourself missing your comfort foods from home.  The obvious solution, of course, is to cook up a batch of whatever it is you’re jonesing for. But this can lead to it’s own set […]

Aguadito de Pollo


As I mentioned the other day, and probably several times before over the last couple years (!), Peruvian lunches are usually big and often have two or more courses. Soup is a favorite first course, and it’s usually a lighter soup made using leftover bones or chicken parts, like the neck, giblets and feet. However, […]

Causa con Pollo


Image by MarcoIE via Flickr Now that we’ve learned a little about potatoes, let’s make something with them! Causa is one of my very favorite Peruvian dishes.  It’s made by mashing yellow potatoes (papas amarillas) and then layering or filling them jelly roll style with … well, whatever you like.  There is causa filled with […]

Quinoa Soup – Sopa de Quinua


The Incas really knew what they were doing when it came to nutrition.  Quinoa (or quinua) was a major part of their diet, second only to the potato.  They held it sacred, and called it the ‘mother of all grains’. The truth is that quinoa isn’t actually a grain.  Grains come from grass plants like […]

Tallarin Verde – Peruvian Green Spaghetti


Back in my old life in Florida, I was never really much of a pesto eater.  Not because I dislike it, but simply because it’s not something that ever came up in my day to day life.  But since I’ve come to Peru, I’ve learned to love tallarin verde (green noodles), which is a pesto […]

Aji de Gallina – Chicken in Spicy Aji Sauce


Image by scaredy_kat via Flickr A few months ago, I talked about different ways I manage to make a chicken last for 3-4 meals.  One of the meals I mentioned is a Peruvian dish called aji de gallina.   One of the reasons I love this dish is because it is so stretchable. I like to […]

Roast Chicken and Potatoes


With my stove out of commission for a couple of days this week, I had to find a way to get all my cooking done using just the oven and the rice cooker. Chicken, of course, is a perfect way to get that done. The problem is that roast chicken can tend to be a […]

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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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