Day 359 – Arroz Chaufa

Lots of pictures of food! Below is a picture of another Peruvian dish, the dish is called Arroz Chaufa. We have quite a few dishes in Peru with Chinese influence. It is very similar to Stir Fried Rice but it has a few different ingredients, like spring onions, egg omelette, chicken and peppers. It is easy and fast to make.

Arroz Chaufa

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Day 352 – Pollo Saltado

I have taken and shared a picture of this dish before. This one has a very small variation, it uses Chicken instead of beef. It is one of my husband’s favourite Peruvian dishes.

Pollo Saltado

Day 268 – Cactus

I can’t remember when or where we got this plant from but I like it. People that live in Peruvian highlands keep a cactus plant in their homes to protect them from bad vibes. There are lots of cacti in the Peruvian Andes. The highlands are very high and dry so these are some of the very few plants that can survive there.

Cactus plant

Day 259 – No Photo Day

Since the start of this Project I have only missed taking a picture once and that was last year when hubby had to be taken to hospital. Well, it has happened again and this time it was me who was feeling poorly. I don’t get migraines very often but when I do they are really bad, I can’t keep my eyes open as it hurts too much and the nausea is just unbearable. Not very pleasant at all 😦

Anyway since I missed taking a picture on this day, I thought I may share one I took on my first day back in Lima last year. The picture below was taken as we were walking along ‘El Malencon, Miraflores’ (it is a six-mile stretch of parks located along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean). Lima can get very foggy during the winter months and this picture is a great example of how foggy it can get!

El Malecon, Miraflores

Day 250 – Peruvian Independence Day Party

As I mentioned on my previous post ‘Day 242’ on the 27th of July I attended for the very first time a Peruvian Independence Day party here in the UK. It was an amazing day and I am so happy to have met a whole bunch of Peruvians and for all of us to get together and celebrate our country, food and culture. There were lots of Peruvian dishes and I am so glad that my dish was a success as there was nothing left at the end. I can’t wait for next years celebrations and be able to speak lots of Spanish and get to dance to lots of Latin music. We had a huge variety of entertainment and here is a picture of a dance that was performed by a very talented lady and her partner. The dance is called Marinera and here is my favourite photo of day πŸ™‚

Marinera Peruvian Dance

Day 243 – Cau-Cau

Earlier this year I met a Peruvian lady that lives in my same town we did. It was great meeting her as she introduced me to other Peruvian people living in the Northwest of England. It was surprising finding out there is a small community of Peruvians living in Liverpool, Cheshire and Manchester. Every year on the 28th of July they all get together and celebrate our Country’s Independence Day. Since this was my first year attending the event I decided to volunteer and take a Peruvian dish to share with everyone. This was my first time cooking for a big group of people so I decided to practice making it a few times before the event. On Day 242 I had my first go and I was amazed with the results. Here is a picture I took of it. Cau-cau is dish made with yellow Peruvian chillies, chicken and potatoes. Very tasty!

Cau-Cau

Day 187 – The Wedding

It was exactly a year ago that hubby and I got married in a beautiful Catholic church in Lima, Peru. I don’t know whether you have read my first posts but we had two weddings. We got married in the beautiful Island of Bute, Scotland in 2011 in the presence of all hubby’s families and friends. Only five members of my family were able to make it from Peru. Hence the decision to separate the occasion in two and hold our Catholic wedding in Peru. Both weddings were incredible and very different; I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to marry my husband twice!

Here we are a year later and we are celebrating again but this time the wedding of two of our friends. Tim and Kim got engaged around the same time we did. They decided to have a long engagement and it was after our return from Peru that we were told they were going to be celebrating their wedding on the same day we had ours. We couldn’t have hoped for a better way to celebrate our first anniversary of our Catholic wedding than to spend it with all our friends.

I wish I had taken more pictures on Saturday but only managed to take pictures up to the end of the ceremony. The rest of the time I was too busy enjoying myself. It was beautiful Cornish day and everything looked very pretty. Here is my favourite picture of the day!

Holdiing hands

In case you were curious here is a picture of our Wedding in Peru.

Wedding Peru 25th May 2012

Day 128 – Mates Burilados

One hundred twenty-eight days later and I am starting to run out of ideas. I will need to start planing my shots ahead otherwise I will be in the same situation as I was on last Wednesday. Panicking, looking around the house for something to photograph. Finally after searching high and low, I decided to take pictures of some Peruvian handicrafts which we gave away to our guests as wedding favours. This is my favourite of the two designs. I love the rich colours, the birds and flowers designs.

Mates Burilados

Mate Burilado

Day 71 – Aji de Gallina

I am off work this week so I decided to do some of the cooking. I don’t cook very often as most of the dishes I know are Peruvian and they usually take a few hours. I cook from scratch preparing my ingredients and making my own sauces. Today it took me nearly two hours to get tea ready. I started at 5:30pm and by the time I was finished hubby was starving. The dish I made today is called ‘Aji de Gallina’, it is made with yellow Peruvian chillies, chicken, bread, milk, onions and garlic. Served with rice and potatoes.

The dish was quite tasty but not as good as when my mom’s makes it. I will keep trying though!

Aji de Gallina

Day 52 – Parcel from Peru

Today I received a box full of goodies from Peru. It is a late Christmas present from my family and it has lots of my favourites things like Panettone, Peruvian chocolates, cookies and some cooking ingredients which can only be bought in Peru. I am a very happy lady πŸ™‚

Peruvian Christmas Cards

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