Market Mornings #4

Next week at this time, I will be in the city of Aucayacu in the jungle! We are going to be cleaning off a lot to reconstruct a home and celebrate a special time with the community. This special time include a Festival of Juanes. I have already told you, they are probably my most favorite food here in Peru. Consider it a marriage between arroz con pollo and a tamale. Instead of banana leaves, the rice is wrapped with bijao leaves. On the day before the festival, everyone rushes to the market to buy the special ingredients.

Bijao Leaves on Sale at the Aucayacu Market

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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6 Responses

  1. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Gretchen these sound wonderfully exotic. I really look forward to hearing about this entire adventure!

  2. RecipeGirl says:

    What an interesting venture! Have a terrific trip. Can’t wait to see all of your pictures 🙂

  3. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Love your market photos — they make me want to get on a plane and go somewhere.

  4. farida says:

    I love your stories about your market trips:) I am transplanted to Peru visually every time you post about them:)

  5. dobetter says:

    Those leaves are huge! Love these market photos. Enjoy the jungle.

  6. giz says:

    It feels like a scene from Raiders of the Lost Arc. I can’t wait to hear more.

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