Peruvian Cuisine with Dawn on the Amazon

by Captain Bill

Recipes of Peru

Peruvian Cuisine with Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

I believe Peruvian cuisine rivals the better known, French, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican cuisines in the quality and variety of dishes and the expression of the sauces.

Like all of our programs, our cuisine can be customized to be as comforting or as adventurous as you wish. Every meal that has a culinary challenge also has either a homemade pasta or a big bowl of rich delicious chicken soup like grandma used to make, a homemade drink or fresh squeezed juice, a crisp fresh salad, real butter, peanut butter, a tropical jam, and a piece of chocolate.

Operating out of Iquitos, Peru, provides us an opportunity to blend the potatoes, sauces, and spices from the Andes with the amazing natural resources of the Amazon to make our unique but authentic Dawn on the Amazon culinary adventure.

The menu below was used for a 7 day cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on August 10th to the 16th. Different months will have different ripe tropical fruits and juices depending on availability. Some cruises have a different fresh squeezed tropical fruit juice every day.

First Day:
Lunch:

Dorado Catfish steamed with tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, garlic, and ginger.
Herbed rice.
Palm heart, tomato, avocado, salad; dressed with lemon juice, and olive oil.
Cocona sauce (made from a citric tropical fruit that goes with fish). One bowl of cocona sauce is mild and one is with charapita hot peppers.
Fresh Camu Camu juice. Camu Camu has the highest vitamin C content of any substance on earth.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.

Dinner:

Frittata with vegetables and cheese.
Aji Dulce, a local sweet pepper with a sweet smoky flavor, stuffed with a mixture of boiled palm heart, cheese, raisins, spices.
Aji Mirasol, a hot pepper stuffed with bread crumbs, bacon, cheese, and raisins.
Regional lettuce salad with Brazil nuts, onions, carrots, and tomatoes dressed with vinaigrette.
Drink: boiled fresh apple juice with quinoa (an Andean super grain prized by the Incas as the mother grain), and cinnamon.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.

Second Day:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh Mango juice.
Fruits (chirimoyas, pepinos, bananas, apples).
Cereal of Andean grains, yogurt, milk.
Eggs and bacon cooked to order.
Whole wheat, and white bread or toast, real butter, jam, cheese.

Lunch:

Chicken soup with wheat berries and vegetables.
Paca (majas), a nocturnal fruit eating rodent, the best meat in the jungle, cooked with dried aji panca peppers.
Mashed yellow potatoes from the Andes.
Canario Beans.
Fresh Tumbo juice.
Chocolates.

Dinner:

Suri grubs stuffed with cheese and bacon in wine sauce.
Calabresa (spicy sausage) and marinated chicken pieces skewered with onions and peppers, (brochetas).
Mashed and fried bananas (patacones).
Cucumber salad with lots of fresh basil and tomatoes.
Rocoto, a hot pepper, and huacatay, a Peruvian herb, salsa.
Fresh squeezed lemonade.

Day three:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh squeezed Mandarine orange juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Whole and white bread or toast, real butter, jam, cheese, ham.

Lunch:

Andean Potato Salad with Ocopa sauce.
Brown rice, fried chicken a la plancha.
Cauliflower and broccoli with a creamy gravy sauce.
Drink: boiled cocona with cinnamon.

Dinner:

Homemade noodles with Pesto Sauce.
Escargot, made from giant land snails of the Amazon Rainforest, cooked with ginger, sweet pepper, garlic, and wine.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, and cheese.
Drink: avena, made from wild oats, milk, sugar, cinnaman.

Day four:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Papaya Juice.
Tropical fruits.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon cooked to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, real butter, jam, cheese.

Picnic lunch for excursion in small boat:

Chicken sandwiches with cucumbers and tomatoes.
Drink: taperiba, a tropical fruit juice.

Dinner:

Pumpkin cream soup with toasted bread crumbs.
Cecina (lean, dried, cured pork).
Sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes.
Salsa Criolla and rocoto sauce.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam.
Fresh squeezed lemonade.

Fifth day:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh pineapple juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, peanut butter, real butter, jam, cheese.

Lunch:

Chicken stew cooked with potatoes and vegetables (Estafado de Pollo).
Olive rice.
Lettuce salad with tomatoes and avacados.
Fresh passion fruit juice.
Watermelon.

Dinner:

Duck soup cooked with rice, vegetables, and beer.
Caiman nuggets fried (chicharrones).
Bananas, fried.
Salsa Criolla.
Drink: tapioca boiled with milk, sugar, cinnamon.

Sixth day:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh squeezed orange juice.
Watermelon.
Cereal, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat and white bread or toast, real butter, peanut butter, jam.

Lunch:

Inchicapi soup, the most special Peruvian soup, made from fresh ground peanuts, corn meal, chicken broth, and spices.
Fish, sweet peppers, tomatoes and cilantro wrapped in leaves and steamed in its own juices.
Wild fungus with onions, peppers, garlic, and cilantro wrapped in leaves and steamed.
Boiled sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes.
Rocoto sauce and boiled cocona sauce.
Donuts, homemade.

Dinner:

Chicken with vegetables.
Brown rice.
Lettuce salad.
Whole wheat and white bread, real butter, jam, cheese.
Drink: fresh passion fruit juice.

Seventh day:
Breakfast:

Brewed Peruvian coffee or tea.
Fresh orange and pineapple juice.
Fresh tropical fruit salad.
Cereals, milk, yogurt.
Eggs and bacon to order.
Whole wheat, and white bread or toast, real butter, jam.

Picnic lunch on excursion in small boat:

Chicken sandwiches on whole wheat bread.
Cucumbers and tomatoes.
Sodas.

Our guests usually agree the Dawn on the Amazon menu is exciting, and the amount of food is too much. Judy, our Peruvian grandmother cook, takes pleasure in fattening you up. She not only practices North American hygiene, she goes a step farther. All fruits and vegetables are not just rinsed in pure water. They are rinsed and then soaked in pure water and then rinsed again.

This is not a rice and beans and salted dried fish boat. Unlike most other jungle programs you might have chosen, our guests do not come back starved, smelling bad, or sick.

We do not force you to eat grubs or giant snails but we do encourage you to try a bite so you can tell your friends back home about your amazing culinary adventure with Dawn on the Amazon.

If you do not like fish, we cook something special just for you. If you are a vegetarian, if you have a food allergy, if your religion or health problems prohibit certain foods, please let us know in advance and we will customize our menu to your special needs.

Most important is for you to enjoy your adventure, to have an unforgettable experience, and to share your story with family and friends for years to come.

Peruvian Cuisine with Dawn on the Amazon

Bill Grimes, Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dave Bonnett August 31, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Our meals were absolutely wonderful. My only regret is that we didn’t have suri – perhaps next time? Shirley and I tried some live grubs while hiking – not so good. I really miss camu camu juice and I have a recipe for Inchicapi soup I may try this weekend. Would Marmelita share hers? Dottie

2 Bill September 1, 2007 at 6:25 am

Hello Dottie, live grubs are fine for hunter gatherers, but I bet Dave will prefer them simmered in a nice wine sauce. Here is my dilemma…Marmelita and Judy do not use recipes, they just know. How am I supposed to post a recipe of the week and publish a cook book with no recipes? Maybe you can help transcribe “a little of this and a pinch of that” on your next expedition in March.

3 jim September 1, 2007 at 6:15 pm

Maybe you could try to do “A Little of This and a Pinch of That Cookbook: True Peruvian Recipes in the Traditional Style.”

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