Lima beans are probably on every child’s short list of least favorite foods but that’s not the worst thing that ever happened to them (the lima beans). Americans don’t seem to have made the connection between the beans and their namesake, the capital city of Peru, which is pronounced LEE-MA.
I am here, so happily, with my friend Belle who sat next to me in Mrs. Schoolitz’ 6th grade class. One of the first things we learned about each other on our first day in class was that we both loved horses. We spent the next few years riding through the Arizona desert in bell bottoms.
We have also been good tourists, visiting museums and checking out the neighborhoods. Lima does not have a lot to distinguish it from other large cities but it is actually a more cool place than I expected.
In addition to the beaches, it has the Museo Larco, which houses an exceptional collection of Peruvian artifacts collected by Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Hoyle. The collection spans 3,000 years of pre-Colombian history, including an entire wing of ancient pornographic pottery that Anthony Bourdain featured in his show about Peru. You gotta wonder who in the family was so interested in this stuff. Were the pots brought out for special company? Displayed over the fire place?
Lima also has a great art museum — Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) — that is dedicated to Peruvian artists. I have favorites….
During our walks around town, we were reminded that Lima is in the news this week because the Peruvian President pardoned the former Peruvian President, Alberto Fujimori, who was convicted of corruption, extrajudicial killings and systematic violence against Peruvian people. The pardon has motivated protests all over Peru and criticism from the United Nations.Today, Belle and I took a cooking class with Ricardo. We started at the produce and fish markets.
Then Ricardo took us to a small restaurant where we made a ceviche with white fish and a “causa,” which is mashed potatoes layered with anything. In our case, the causa was layed with fresh crab and avocado, and flavored with chilies, olives and hard boiled eggs. Excellent!
FELIZ ANO NUEVO from Lima!!