Everything about Peru
By Emma Nylen
Traditional dish of Peru
- 1 pound bay scallops
- 8 limes, juiced
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 5 green onions, minced
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Rinse scallops and place in a medium sized bowl. Pour lime juice over the scallops. The scallops should be completely immersed in the lime juice. Chill the lime juice and scallops all day or overnight until scallops are opaque (you cannot see through them).
- Empty 1/2 of the lime juice from the bowl. Add tomatoes, green onions, celery, green bell pepper, parsley, black pepper, olive oil, and cilantro to the scallop mixture. Stir gently. Serve this dish in fancy glasses with a slice of lime hanging over the rim for effect
Peruvians tend to be formal and conservative, and this is especially so around the Andes region. The indigenous Amerindians are particularly reserved in their demeanour, and can often come across as shy or aloof. Eye contact with visitors to the community will often be minimal. It is therefore bad etiquette to stare or make continual eye contact. You should respect the modesty and reserved nature of many Amerindian communities, so adhering to similar behaviour and modest dress codes would be seen as a sign of respect. Outlandish, forthright and boisterous conduct within such groups would be considered quite offensive and completely out of place.
Handshaking between men and women is the most common form of meeting and greeting in Peru. Women may give and receive a kiss on the right cheek, however this is a slightly less formal sort of greeting and should only be initiated by your Peruvian counterpart. During introductions you should expect to be asked seemingly personal questions regarding your relationship status, marriage and family. You might even be asked about your job and subsequent financial status. Although these questions might be construed as invasive and even nosey, you should understand that in Peru it is considered polite to show an interest in such matters. However, try to answer such personal questions with a degree of modesty, as boastful and ostentatious behaviour – particularly where financial status is concerned - is frowned upon and considered quite vulgar.