From Cousin Martin and Ted, reporting on their homestay hosts' pantry in Amantani:
On our recent trip to Peru, one of our many wonderful experiences was a homestay with a family in the Colquecachi Community on Amantani Island in Lake Titikaka. Silvestre and Irma Suaña Calsin and their 11-year old daughter Nelida were our hosts. The house is made of mud and straw brick with a corrugated roof.
Tourists are encouraged to bring gifts of food and we brought a kilo each of pasta, rice and sugar. At 12,500' elevation, the steep climb up to their house was exhausting, and the food seemed to grow heavier with each step.
The kitchen and eating area is in a separate building with a dirt floor. Along with a small table, a bench and two log seats, they have a small gas cooker and a mud brick oven in which they burn eucalyptus wood and leaves, which smells wonderful.
Irma, using clay pots and wooden spoons, cooked us a wonderful lunch of soup, quinoa with llama and potato, and a dinner of soup, pasta and fried yam. In the morning, we had our farewell breakfast of pancakes, coffee and mate de coca.
This is the entire pantry.
We enjoyed our stay and were amazed at the good food that came from this tiny pantry, especially in contrast to our "perfect" pantries back home.
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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