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Another day at Q'ewar…

6am - Meditate

6:30am - Shower in a bathroom stall

7am - Cook breakfast of cereal de arroz integral y manzanas for us and Los dueños

7:30am - Eat breakfast

8am - Translate email about holistic medicine

9am - Take photos of 25 3-5 year-olds

10am - Kill, pluck, gut, rinse and refrigerate una gallina para caldo de pollo mañana para mostrar y compartir con las mujeres

11am - Take photos of Jesusa, Paulina y Eulogia en la tienda en la plaza en el pueblo

12pm - Coordinate with other women on the schedule for their photos and tell them to bring in Tupperware tomorrow to share the caldo

1pm - Eat lunch of sopa de chuño y mote and try to explain things like "White Lightning" in Spanish

2pm - Grab tools, water, etc and get ... View Post »

Charla 2: Can you hear the sound of those onions?

Yesterday we gave our second charla, elaborating on the cooking preparations that we had mentioned in the first one. Everyone assembled down in an open area next to the school. 

We shook milk into butter, showed the two different ways to make whey (1 - from making butter and 2 - from cutting milk with lime and making cheese), showed them quinoa and wheat sprouts, spoke about the importance of drinking water (and not cola), and also touched a bit on the mystery that is como bajas tu peso.

We also wheeled out a portable stove and had everyone listen to the sounds that food makes while it's cooking. We had one burner going with apples in a bit of water and the other with onions in oil in a frying pan. We turned up and down the heat to demonstrate what over-boiling looks and sounds ... View Post »

"Don't you remember that time when mom made you that thing? Well here it is in a bag!"

— Anjuli summarizing a popular advertising ploy
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Charla de Nutrición


Yesterday Matt and I led a charla (chat) about nutrition with 40 (of the 45 women) at Q'ewar. Many of the women have their own chakras (small fields) where they grow corn, but today with pesticides. They cook a lot of their own food but cut corners by over boiling, using an olla a preción (pressure cooker) and eating all refined white bread, rice and corn. The little meat that they do eat is usually from farms that treat the animals with antibiotics, hormones and the like. There hasn't been any severe breakouts of mad cow in Peru, but there are mysterious stories amongst the women and volunteers about husbands with strange bacteria eating their brains. Lovely stories. Matt was actually sick 24 hours before the talk with a 101F fever and a bad case of Delhi belly. We don't know what from. ... View Post »

We have been thoroughly enjoying cancha de maíz in Lima. It is served with various dishes like a bar snack, so of course after enjoying them in a few restaurants we decided we had to make some at home. We found the right kind of corn (maíz chullpi) en el mercado de surquillo and took some home promptly to prepare. At first, we tried dry roasting them like you would roast nuts, but this failed miserably as we didn't realize that they must be popped in the same way you would pop popcorn: in a bath of hot oil. Though the preparation is similar, maíz chullpi is a totally different type of corn. Where the traditional American popcorn kernel is a hard little pebble whose innards explode into a crisp, pillowy puff, maíz de chullpi looks like a deflated balloon - a dried corn kernel from a ... View Post »


Homemade ceviche. Wowza.

Un sánguche (a sandwich)


This morning was difficult. I was feeling down and the edges of what we call culture shock - a feeling of being unable to express thoughts or communicate with another culture, which I've only otherwise felt once, in Japan - were setting in. We've just started spending a few - hopefully four - hours a day practicing Spanish. Currently we have a Berlitz grammar book, a simple conversational book and a Teach Yourself verbs book. This morning I was feeling they were all insufficient and not up to the cause. Really, I was feeling insufficient. Now that we're here, we've arrived and we're in the midst of what we've wanted for so long, there is a tendency to panic. OMG, we're going to run out of money, we're going to move too slowly, we're going to get sick or hurt or whatever. Tranquilo. Matt ... View Post »


The milk here is much more viscous and sweet - says the girl drinking the cat bowl of milk. Well, I needed something to wash down these petrified granola rocks. Alas, dunking them in milk had no affect on their crusted make-up so I sipped my cat bowl instead.


This is the MSG aisle at the supermarket, also known as the "esencia del umami."


That is one large avocado pit. You should have seen the avocado.