The Food in Peru is delicious. Even the simplest ingredients are given great flavour with the use of onions, limes and chilli peppers.
Soups are very popular using fish or meat stock and adding rice, or potatoes or corn; onions, tomatoes and peppers.
The first soup I had was a corn broth made with meat stock and onions with bloated corn added. The corn is soaked in water until it becomes bloated and then added to the soup where it picks up the flavour of the meat juices. The onions add flavour and if you want a little extra you add some hot chilli sauce or fresh limes juice. Excellent.
Most people start the day with coffee and a piece of bread – very simple. Lunch is the main meal unless you don’t have time at work. The main meal will start with soup, often vegetable soup with noodles, then meat and rice, or vegetables and rice. In the mountains people will eat more potatoes than rice, on the coast though, rice is preferred.
Vegetables include carrots and sweet potatoes, avocados and broccoli and always onions and sweet peppers.
Supper will be bread and anything left over from lunch. Some people will buy something at the street vendors on the way home – often fried foods, which are not so good.