Argentina: Part II

January 31st, 2009

While in Argentina, J and I visited with his family, who live in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.  I had a fabulous time.  Everyone I met was so open, welcoming and friendly.  I do not speak Spanish but J would sit next to me and translate.  I found that with my knowledge of Italian, I understood a lot and was able to communicate rather well.  Granted I did leave them with the impression that I was quiet…

Being at his grandmother’s house was very relaxing.  Again it felt familar, although it was very new.  One of my favorite memories of our trip is sitting around drinking mate with his grandmother.  Mate is a type of tea.  People get together and pass around the mate.  It is a very intimate and special experience.  I wish I had taken more pictures of everything…

J and his uncle have the same birthday so they threw a party for the two of them. The food was excellent. J’s uncle roasted two pigs, which were served with salads, matambre and chipas!  For dessert we had ice cream and cake.  I recommend trying lemon ice cream with champagne.  We were up until 3am singing Argentine songs.   What an amazing experience!
Chipas are like yummy cheese puffs.  I am addicted to them.  I made a huge batch and probably ate half of them myself.  In Argentina, they have mixes where you just had water and eggs.  Here is a recipe that I was given.  I have not tried it here yet, so watch the cooking time.

1 lb. of yuka flour (can find at Latino grocery stores)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup grated Fontina cheese, grated
150 grams of butter
milk to wet the dough

Mix it all together and roll into balls. Bake at 350 for 20 min.  Half way through flip them over so they are evenly browned.

6 Responses to “Argentina: Part II”

  1. J on January 31, 2009 1:23 pm

    Hey Ginny. :)

    Yuka flour is “cassava flour” in English.

  2. Manggy on January 31, 2009 4:23 pm

    Oh! Thanks to J’s comment, I now know we have that in the Philippines, hee :) Hey! You shoulda given me ALfajores when we met up, lol :)

  3. gattina on February 4, 2009 7:47 pm

    what an amasing experience! Oh that chipas are really look fantastic!

  4. Kevin on February 5, 2009 6:35 pm

    Those cheese puffs look like they would be addictive!

  5. admin on February 6, 2009 4:46 pm

    J- Thank you, my love!

    Manggy- Oh my! I’m so sorry! I didn’t even think about it. I did really want to bake you cookies and was so sad that I just didn’t have the time.

    gattina- thanks! :)

    kevin- they really are!

  6. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy on February 12, 2009 10:13 am

    Those Chipas look and sound delicious! They remind me of little cheese biscuits.

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