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Monday, November 25, 2013

Grubs, Guinea Pigs, Goats and Sexy Cerviche

Lima is no doubt one of the gastronomic capitals of the world.  In my embracement of all life had to offer, I knew that I would be kicking myself the rest of my life if I didn't take at least one cooking class.  A great plus is that you can have a cooking class combined with a market tour and I wasn't about to pass up that opportunity. So I signed up for both and soon found myself in the middle of Surquillo Market in Lima.

Our guides from Sky Kitchen felt like they had 5 star first class client training. In those two hours in the market I went from knowing nothing about Peruvian produce to feeling like I could start a little kitchen of my own.  In those few hrs in the market, I came face to face with live grubs that make up one of the food sources of people of the rain forest

I learned that when whole goat is is sold, a little bit of fur is left on the tail just to let the buyer know that they aren't being duped into buying dogmeat.

And of course what peruvian market would be complete without their beloved "Cuy", guinea pigs?

But there were less wild and wacky aspects of the market.  We came back from the market to where the cooking class would be held with a bundle of exotic fruit and had a tasting. The taste, textures were indescribable. I had no idea that Peru had at least 20 types of bananas and over 3000 types of potatoe.

During and after the lesson I kept sharing photos and my new found knowledge with my peruvian friends in Buenos Aires. They were absolutely ecstatic that I was having a close encounter of the third kind with all the produce from their native land. They were especially enthused when I showed off my newly aquired culinary skills....courtesy of the wonder people at Sky Kitchen.

 There in their state of the art kitchen on top of a beautiful terrace, I learned the secrets of peruvian cuisines.

And ended up pumping out a sexy cerviche creation that was just as good looking as it was DELICIOUS

Amorous Alpacas

Amorous Alpacas