Archive for the ‘Argentina’ Category

Riding the suitcases to the big plane

May 8, 2012

Lucy and I riding the suitcases at Buenos Aires Airport.

At the gate it was so exciting to watch the big planes, buses and fire trucks rush around outside and I enjoyed talking to Papi about what I could see and my plans to sleep on this flight.  Music to Mum and Papi’s ears.

By Ana.

La comida 2

May 7, 2012

I’ve eaten so well this past week that my stories of Argentina aren’t complete without telling you about some of our meals.

Breakfast in Argentina is usually a little bite to eat with a good strong coffee.

Papi liked the Chipá with his coffee (made half and half with hot milk).

Chipá is a baked cheesy bread bun and they’re more common in the Northern part of the country, Paraguay and Brazil.  They are often made with cassava or corn flour.  If cooked right they are chewy and moist and delicious but because of the type of flour they use Chipá can be a bit rubbery if not properly made.

I preferred medias lunas.

Media luna literally means ‘half moon’ and they’re just like mini croissants but often have a sweet glaze on them.  Many Argentineans have them with dulce de leche or mermelada but they are already sweet enough by themselves.

Lunch is the main meal of the day which we usually have around 2pm (and yep, I’m starving by then!)

Mum likes guiso.

Guiso is a traditional stew that varies depending on the region and what’s in season.  Gauchos and farmers would cook up a guiso outside on an open fire for their group.  It only needs one pot and anything can go in it.  This one had beef, potatoes, kumara, pumpkin and cassava and was served with fideos (spaghetti).  We cook guiso at home quite a bit but Mum’s still trying to perfect her recipe.  She reckons the one we had at Tia Sofia’s was much tastier.

Papi and I are big milanesa fans.

Milanesa is schnitzel.  Milanesa napolitana which is schnitzel with ham, cheese and tomato sauce on top is also popular.  Notice the bottles of Quilmes and Fernet Branca in the background.  Papi also likes those (he drinks the Quilmes beer really cold and the Fernet Branca with coke) but I wasn’t allowed to try any.

I blogged about the asado we had on our first lunch here.  That was scrummy.  After that lunch Tia Sofia served panqueque dulce de leche which are pancakes that have been filled and topped with caramel.  Tia Sofia’s own touch is sprinkle desiccated coconut on top.

Mum thought I didn’t need a panqueque but fortunately my cousin Eli was happy to share a bit of hers.

Coffee or mate (traditional herbed tea) is taken around 5pm sometimes with a media luna or tostada (toast – typically served with cream cheese or jam).  Dinner isn’t served until 9pm or even 10pm and is usually a smaller meal than at lunch.

Empanadas go down well with everyone and were an easy takeaway option a few nights ago.

Empanadas are little baked pies but the dough isn’t as buttery.  (Some regions fry their empanadas instead of bake them).  We had one box of vegetarian empanadas and another box of meat ones that had egg and raisins in them too.  Papi washed them down with more of that Quilmes stuff.

By Ana.

The photo box

May 6, 2012

Last night we went through Tia Sofia’s photo box and look what we found.

Papi’s Mum Hilda. We don’t really know the story behind this picture but she must have been about 20 when it was taken. Isn’t she beautiful!

Felipe Ramon and Hilda Elena (Papi’s parents) on their wedding day. This was in 1958 when Hilda was 22 and Ramon was 26.

Tia Sofia was their first born. This picture of her with my grandparents was taken when she was about my age.

Papi was the baby of the family. This is his second birthday party. He’s the one in front of the big cake! His brothers Pedro and Pablo are either side of him (Pedro in red, Pablo in white) and Sofia is in the white dress behind them.  Papi’s grandfather (Ramon’s Papi) is standing behind him.

Papi when he was a boy. So that’s where I get my curls from!

A family dinner in the 70s. Papi is the little boy at the front, Tio Pedro and Tio Pablo are on the other side of the table.

By Ana.

Doing the rounds

May 5, 2012

I’ve barely spent a moment out of someone’s arms since I’ve been here.

Hanging out on Tio Pablo’s knee.

Getting cuddles from Tia Sofia.

Taking in some fresh air and sunshine with Eli and Pablito.

Enjoying after lunch conversation with Facundo.

Snuggled into Ana having a snooze.

By Rafa.

Rafa’s baptism

May 4, 2012

The afternoon of Rafa’s baptism started a bit hectic:

Just as we were about to leave Rafa did a big caca in his white baptism outfit prompting a quick wash and iron to dry.

I took advantage of the nappy-changing-alternative-pant-finding-baptism-outfit-cleaning chaos and escaped next door to play soccer with the boys.

We still managed to make it to the church on time (just).

The deacon, Rafa, Rafa’s godparents (Tia Sofia and Tio Pablo) and Mum and Papi talked for a long time. Meanwhile I was having a great time exploring the beautiful church and testing out the fabulous acoustics.

And then Rafa was welcomed into the Catholic Church. After the ceremony we went back to Tia Sofia’s to celebrate with lots of food and drink.

By Ana.

Hanging around Tia Sofia’s

May 3, 2012

Tio Pablo and Papi went outside to clean the car. Luckily for Papi there was only one bucket and one cloth.

I had been inside the house all morning coloring in and decorating Rafa with stickers but I had had enough of that so I grabbed my Dora shoes and sunnies and went outside to join them.

We mucked around in front of the house for a while.

But it was such a beautiful day we decided to take a stroll. (The metal crate on the stick to the left of the picture is the rubbish bin. Such a clever way to keep all the local dogs out of the rubbish!)

At the local shops I found a pink trike with a big bell on the front and a canopy above the seat. It was so pretty. Papi said he would have bought it for me if it wasn’t too big to take home on the plane.

By Ana.

That’s not fair!

May 3, 2012

Look at that meat! I’m droooooling it looks so good.

Yes! Tio Pedro has cut some for me. I’ve been waiting my entire life to come to Argentina and try their beef.  How exciting!

Hey! That. is. so. not. fair!

By Rafa.

A new cancion

May 2, 2012

I’ve spent the day with Lulu learning new songs.  This is my favourite:

Que tiene en la sopa del bebe?  Que tiene en la sopa del bebe?

Sera que tiene espinaca.  Sera que tiene vaca.

Which means:

What is in the baby’s soup?  What is in the baby’s soup?

There will be spinach.  There will be beef.

But then we started making crazy soup blends and Lucy, my Dora shoes and I ended up in the soup!

“My Lulu” teaching me new songs.

This is the song she taught me last time we were in Argentina.

By Ana.

Argentinean Asado

May 2, 2012

Nowhere BBQs quite like they do in Argentina.

Meat on the parilla for 10 people.

Our asador for the day, Pedro.

Mouths full!

Mmmm Riquisimo.

By Ana.

Meeting Abuelo

May 1, 2012

We all arrived safely in Formosa.  It’s a shame we can’t say the same thing about all our bags, one of which decided to stay in Buenos Aires.  The first thing we did here was to go to go to Tia Sofia’s to meet my Abuelo (Papi’s Papi).

Me and Abuelo Ramon. Everyone says we look alike.

Me and Ana with Abuelo and some of our cousins (Facu, Eli, Pablito and Lulu).

Three generations. We all share the name "Felipe".

By Rafa.