Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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59 Responses

  1. The Frosted Bake Shop says:

    OMG! Your letter to Mr. Lemon is so cute and sad at the same time. Your tart looks delicious!!!

  2. Shari says:

    I love the raspberry decoration on top. Very creative post!

  3. Ann says:

    Beautiful tart! But clearly not the love of your life. 🙂

  4. PheMom says:

    I still love the look of the tart, but I’m loving the lime right now too. There’s just something about those little green fellows, huh? I still love lemon too, but it isn’t my go to citrus these days. Now, if I could actually get my hands on some Meyers…

  5. CRS says:

    Awww, poor Mr. Lemon!I’m with you, though. This wasn’t really my thing (good, but not the best thing ever… of course, it could be that I screwed up the recipe somewhere along the way)

  6. LyB says:

    Too bad you didn’t like it much because oh, wow, is it ever cute! Lovely swirls, it makes for a spectacular looking tartlet!

  7. ostwestwind says:

    Same recipe, different results. Last week I wasn’t pleased, this week is it your turn. Although you are not satisfied with the filling, it looks gorgeous.Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  8. slush says:

    F’n hilarious Gretchen. (And just what I needed.) So freaking funny. Sorry lemon let you down. So sad. On the other hand, GO LIME!And your tart is beautiful too.

  9. Mary says:

    too funny…love the love/hate letter! regardless, the cream and tart look wonderful!

  10. Karen says:

    I loved the letter, so clever and funny! Your tart looks beautiful. I love how you decorated it!

  11. Tanya says:

    Too bad you didn’t love it– it’s *gorgeous*I do tend to find her recipes *way* too buttery though.

  12. Annemarie says:

    Great post! It looks beautiful!

  13. Rebecca says:

    Ha! Long live key lime!

  14. Heather says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t have a good time with Mr. Lemon. Your tart looks very cute! I love the swirl.

  15. Erin says:

    Even though you didn’t like it all that much, it still looks beautiful! I found it a bit buttery too, and actually liked the cream a lot more before the butter was added!

  16. farida says:

    Your tart looks cute and yummy!

  17. Dolores says:

    Loved the letter to Mr. Lemon. I’m sure with a bit of therapy he’ll eventually find happiness elsewhere. 🙂

  18. Madam Chow says:

    Sorry you didn’t like the lemon, but your tart is lovely!

  19. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Such a gentle way to break up with Mr. Lemon! I do love the swirlies on your tart, though.

  20. Mevrouw Cupcake says:

    Your tart looks beautiful, and it’s a shame that the lemon cream wasn’t to your liking. At least you got a tasty pastry recipe out of it!

  21. Engineer Baker says:

    Hehe, I love the letter to lemons! Your tart looks amazing even if you didn’t really like it!

  22. Irene says:

    How funny, I just made the tart dough, and I also totally loved it! The lemon cream sounds excellent in theory, but I know how you feel about the buttery taste (ew). It looks amazing, though!

  23. Bridget says:

    What a great idea to swirl couli (or whatever) in with the cream – it’s so pretty. I wonder if your lemons weren’t of great quality? I remember you saying that they’re hard to find where you are.

  24. Mary Ann says:

    I love your tart with the beautiful swirl!

  25. Tammy says:

    Wow, that looks divine – I love the raspberry swirls

  26. mimi says:

    your brought laughs and tears to my eyes, what did those poor li’l lemons ever do to you! hehe. still looks beautiful with those swirls.

  27. Kevin says:

    Those tarts look good. I like the pattern on the top.

  28. Donna says:

    Absolutely lovely! Sorry you didn’t like it. It’s a horrible shame when you work so hard on something so beautiful, and you don’t really like it. Great letter too! Made me chuckle.

  29. Carrie says:

    How very very pretty!

  30. CB says:

    Gorgeous tart. Since its your favorite you can pass them my way! ;)Clara @ I♥food4thought

  31. Amy says:

    Bye Bye Mr. Lemon… I’ll take him though. Your tart looks great, and I love the addition of the raspberry.

  32. Di says:

    I love the swirls on your tart! I like lemon, but lime sounds good to me, too. I’m sorry to hear that your cream didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to.

  33. Judy says:

    Oh, your tarts are gorgeous. I could see a lime cream tart with a blueberry coulis swirled on top, but then any citrus is fine with me.

  34. RecipeGirl says:

    Look at you… your pictures are just fabulous!!

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  36. Aran says:

    lemon cream tart… oh yeah! Gorgeous!

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  38. Piggy says:

    Gorgeous looking tart! I might have miss it in your post, but what did you use to draw the lovely flower on the cream?

  39. nicisme says:

    Now that looks fantastic!

  40. Jayne says:

    The raspberry swirls look really beautiful. And your break up letter to Lemon was heartbreaking and hysterical at the same time.

  41. Cakespy says:

    It looks like it was a great learning experience for you–if it’s any consolation, while you had some complaints about the final taste, it looks simply gorgeous from here!

  42. jj says:

    Does this ever sound heavenly! Thanks for sharing – hope I can do it half as much justice!

  43. Tempered Woman says:

    Wow~ I’m so loving the rasberry decoration swirled in the tart. I’m totally going to Steal, ehrr, borrow that idea. Looks like a rose tart!

  44. Melissa says:

    Love your letter!

  45. Beeb says:

    Funny post, indeed. And the swirls are pretty, too.

  46. eatme_delicious says:

    Haha cute post! I love the swirl you added – looks beautiful. Sorry to hear you weren’t such a fan of the cream though. I loved the crust too!

  47. Dizzee Cake. says:

    Just Beautiful! I love the swirl.

  48. steph- whisk/spoon says:

    i don’t know if i could break up with a tart that looked like that!btw, i love the fonts you use! what program do you have?

  49. chou says:

    My lemons obviously need more letters. Your tart is beautiful. I want to go bake now instead of write. Meah.

  50. Natalie says:

    Beautiful tart, but I’m sorry you weren’t thrilled!

  51. Christina says:

    Nonetheless, it looks like a perfect tart with pretty marbling!

  52. Julie says:

    That tart looks so good Gretchen and pretty too.

  53. Bumblebutton says:

    Ohh, the lemon heartache. Gorgeous, even so!

  54. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    What a beautiful tart. I love the way you swirled the top. Too bad the lemon let you down.

  55. Cakelaw says:

    Despite your lack of affection for it, this tart looks amazing Gretechn!

  56. Jaime says:

    i love the beautiful pink swirl! seems like some got a soupy concoction and others something more pourable…mine was thick and spreadable. wonder why?

  57. Tartelette says:

    Sorry it did not turn out as you wanted, it still looks wonderful!

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  1. May 6, 2013

    […] or what we affectionately call LEMONS! Imagine my delight! Yes, I pondered the fact that the last time I saw, bought and used lemons here in Peru I was less than pleased. I think I have grown too accustomed to the Peruvian lime to really enjoy lemons anymore. […]

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