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Peru, part 5

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jan 12, 2010

I did, of course, take a Total Blender along to Peru to teach the orphanage’s cook. The kids were enthralled with how high tech it is. Here’s Carlos drinking a green smoothie and a not-great photo of me making it. I went to this open-air market (that’s how you buy food in Peru) and chose a lot of interesting things, including fruits kinda like we have in the U.S. and kinda different. Tree tomatoes. Apples that are long and skinny. Little, super-sweet bananas. A variety of spinach I’ve never seen.

My big mistakes were using cactus berries, which I thought would darken up the smoothie, but which actually just made too-big chunks of seed in it that had to be spit out. (I couldn’t find any berries that are dark in color.) And not using any ice (nobody has any) or frozen fruit. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever made, to be sure.

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4 thoughts on “Peru, part 5”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So… did they like it? 🙂

  2. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Ish! Some bigger fans than others! (If you ever encounter cactus berries, don’t use them.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Its really great reading your blog. I was looking for the Sunflower organization in Cusco and came across your blog. I wanted to contact them as I will be living in Cusco for several months starting in January. I’ve actually been in Peru for nearly 30 years and have done quite a lot of community development work. I am a resident of Peru and also American. I have a small textile co-op in Lima and have been working with the artisans for many many years developing all kinds of knit-wear. This year, I thought I would come back and work in Cusco. I remember meeting the director and his wife – Eunice maybe? They told me that I could come and see them and work with them. I would love to as I can teach them alot about knitting and many different kinds of crafts. Would you happen to know their email? I’d love to contact them. I seemed to have lost this email. Many thanks for this. I also just started to eat raw. Its a process I know. I love what you do and I give you alot of credit!!! How did you get the swing???? That is a great idea.

    Also, would love information about volunteering in an OB situation. Any ideas? I’m most familiar with Chinchero and Calca.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Kati Johnsen

  4. Marleni c. says:

    Wow… I wonder what kind of power transformer or adapter you used. I know blendtec works with120 volts and Peru everything works with 240 volts ??? I always want to give my mom a blendtec 🙁 so she can enjoy the vegetables smoothies like I do … Please hep!!!
    Thanks 🙂

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