Posts Tagged ‘food’

Inside the box

May 26, 2012

Today we opened the big box.

There was a wheel… but it wasn’t a car.

And there was a frame… but it wasn’t a picture. 

 It was more like a giant puzzle.  Papi and I got handy with our wrenches.

In no time Papi was making the final touches to our own Argentinean Parrilla.

We already had the bricks and fire pit in place. Time to heat the coals and get the meat going.

Ribs and kumara. Cooked to perfection the Argentinean way right here in our Oregon backyard.

We got our parrilla made for us at Engelbrecht Grills in Illinois.

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.


February 19, 2012

We decided to go into berry production since our total family berry consumption is so high.

I didn't realise that farming was going to be such hard work.

But we managed to get blues, raspberries and strawberries into the ground all in a morning's work.

Then we had to wait for them to grow. It was a bit like waiting for the birds. All of Mum's ideas seem to be a lot of effort for little apparent return.

Breakfast art

February 12, 2012

Mum found some left over decorating gel pens in the back of the pantry that Aunty VJ used on my birthday cake so we decided to get a bit creative at breakfast this morning.

Our breakfast was covered in faces, flowers, hearts and stars.

The decorated bread was delicious but I found sucking the gel directly from the pens was much more satisfying.

We were using Betty Crocker Decorating Gel.

By Ana.

Sushi con leche

February 4, 2012

The sushi was served at my table.

I didn't think much of the ones wrapped in seaweed.

But the rice was nice.

And really sticky.

And when I swirled it around in my mouth with my milk I had Arroz con Leche.

For those who have never tried Arroz con Leche, click here.

By Ana.

Food envy

January 28, 2012

Mmmmm, this fruit is dee-lish-us!

Hey, Papi got a croissant. No one told me that was an option.

Mmmm, this croissant is dee-lish-us!

Bench height

January 19, 2012

I love being able to reach things from on top of the benches.

Hmmm, mandarin slices. I wonder what they are doing here?

Oh well. Finders keepers.



January 8, 2012

Papi and I have a mandarin ritual.

First, we discuss our strategy.

Then we peel 'em.

Next we eat 'em.

Then Papi pretends the whole routine is just because I love eating mandarins, but I know he loves our mandarin ritual too.

Buen viaje

January 5, 2012

Aunty VJ leaves for Mexico tomorrow so we thought it fitting to farewell her over a Mexican dinner.  We took her to On The Border where we celebrated Cinco de Mayo last year.  Aunty VJ thought the enchiladas and mojitos were fantastic!  I devoured my arroz con pollo.  We all rolled out of the restaurant as full as a piñata.

Cooking class

October 1, 2011

Our Chief Resident Chef (a.k.a. Mum) thought we should attend the pressure cooker technique class up at the Williams-Sonoma store to get a few more recipes the whole family can enjoy.

Lori was an excellent instructor.

and the chickpea dish was delicious!

I think we’re going to have pressure cooked dinners all week!