Viche

What great neighbors we have. This afternoon our neighbor Paola brought us a huge bowl of viche. This batch was made with lobster, shrimp, choclo (corn), small plantain balls and the most wonderful broth made with peanuts. Of course she did provide rice as well.  It is out of this world and Paola is one of the best cooks I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

IMG_2153We eat like royalty here. Between the kindness of our neighbors like Paola and the bounty we can buy right at our door we are blessed.

We have a new fruta and verdura vendor who has started to come by on Friday mornings. Today he had strawberries, black and red grapes, granny smith apples as well as gala apples and pears, passion fruit, mora, naranjilla just to name a few. He had corn, peas, small and large lima beans as well as fresh fava beans, carrots, red onions, green onions, cauliflower, broccoli, two types of potatoes, iceberg lettuce and cilantro.  Next week I will take a photo of his truck and him and his wife.

Feeling very blessed…

Visiting a Piladora

In the town of Charapoto are a few piladoras. Well I guess the rough translation would be a grain mill. Here a machine is used to remove the hulls from rice, mill grains such as corn. The sign says something about polishing and shelling, I am not sure exactly what the process is but what we saw were large bags of rice ready to sell.

The machine was very noisy and there was a great deal of activity as the rice was being processed and bagged.  Now who needs a 50 lb bag of rice? I know where you can get a good deal! Arroz con pollo coming up!