Seriously how could I write at least five articles about breakfast in Peru? Easy! Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day but in Peru it is the meal which can offer the most variety. And variety is the spice of life.
So having sipped on warm avena, been a privileged guest at an ayacucho breakfast, been envied by tourists as I slurped my ‘special’ breakfast soup and felt like goldilock’s with a craving for porridge, my next hankering was for good old scrambled eggs.
As a tourist in Peru the breakfasts that you will be most likely offered are a variety of freshly squeezed seasonal juices, such as apple, celery, mango or pinapple, lots of coca leaves to make altitude-coping tea, a choice between quinoa porridge and most likely scrambled eggs. All this on offer if you stay in any moderately stylish hotel or any tourist restaurant or cafe.
One morning at my leisure I visited my friend Wilbert at World’s Coffee. Wilbert’s services as a chef were constantly in demand. You would often see him coming from his home with a tray of freshly baked pans proudly held high in the air. He supplied his loaves to at least two restaurants in Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley, Cuzco Region).
It was a beautiful sunny day as usual in the dry season. I sat and listened to the typically Andean ‘waino’ music wafting from the radio. i gazed into the open, watching Inca people organizing their bundles and creating a beautiful display with their brightly coloured skirts and ponshaws. They were always busy with the comings and goings of being an Inca descendant, carrying on the traditions of the past despite the signs of modernity seeping through the pores of this unique little town in the form of tourists from the world over and more slowly from its own well-spring of Peruvian clan.
Wilbert made my breakfast that morning, scrambled eggs and ham with his homemade bread and well made cappuccino (one of the best coffees in Peru). How lucky am I to have such memories as these?
©Caroline Cunningham Author of Wild Star Landing Blog
An Irish Woman’s journey living in the little town of Ollantaytambo, in Peru’s Sacred Valley, Cuzco Region.