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Argentine Traditional Chocotorta (Recipe included!)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:35

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One of the most common meriendas (snacks) in Argentina – or at least here at Expanish – is the intensely sweet and delicious chocotorta. The dessert is made with chocolate cookies, cream cheese, and the ubiquitous dulce de leche – a national obsession. Debuted in 1980, the recipe was originally designed to promote the Chocolinas brand of cookies and a brand of cream cheese called Mendicrim. Regardless of its basis in propaganda and advertising, the chocotorta has become a typical Argentine sweet, rivaling alfajores and helado for national honor and pride.

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Because the ingredients are very simple and overall it is very easy to make, the chocotorta is a popular choice of recipe for the Merienda Expanish, one of the frequent free activities hosted by the school. At the Merienda, students get to learn how to make (and eat) chocotorta. For your convenience and enjoyment, please find the recipe below to make wherever your home country may be. If you don’t think you’ll be able to find dulce de leche at home, make sure to buy some as a souvenir!

Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Cocoa
  • Chocolinas (or other chocolate cookie)
  • Dulce de Leche
  • Queso Crema (cream cheese)

Instructions

  • Mix the milk and cocoa
  • Beat four spoonfuls of dulce de leche with the cream cheese until mixed
  • Soak the cookies in the milk and cocoa mixture
  • Layer the dulce de leche mixture in a pan with the chocolate cookies. Continuing altering layers of dulce de leche and cookies. You might want to put grated chocolate on top.
  • Place in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Voila! Ready to eat.

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Alternate recipe in Spanish

http://entremujeres.clarin.com/rincon-gourmet/chocotorta-como_hacer-receta-chocolate-chocolinas-queso_crema-torta-postre-dulce_de_leche_0_754724634.html

Celebrating May 25 in Argentina: What to eat?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 13:00

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El 25 de Mayo se celebra en Argentina el aniversario de la ‚ÄúRevoluci√≥n de Mayo‚ÄĚ, evento que marc√≥ el inicio de la gesta independentista del pa√≠s, y que dio comienzo al proceso de surgimiento del estado argentino, el cual ver√° la luz el 9 de julio de 1816, cuando se declar√≥ la Independencia de la naci√≥n argentina.

25 de Mayo Celebrating May 25 in Argentina: What to eat?

Los argentinos suelen celebrar esta fecha preparando platos típicos que hacen parte de la tradición argentina, como una forma de exaltar sus valores y reivindicar su cultura.

A continuación te contamos cuáles son los platos tradicionales que suelen servirse en esta fecha, para que vayas pensando lo que vas a comer este Viernes:

LOCRO:
Este tradicional plato a base de maíz, de alto contenido calórico es ideal para esta época en la que empieza a bajar la temperatura; es el plato por excelencia del 25 de Mayo así que si te invitan a pasar este día con una familia argentina seguramente es el plato que te servirán.
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EMPANADAS:
En esta celebración no podía faltar uno de los platos más comunes dentro de la cocina típica argentina; las deliciosas empanadas; puedes pedirlas en diferentes presentaciones: fritas o al horno, y puedes encontrarlas con diferentes rellenos: Queso, Cebolla, Carne cortada a cuchillo, caprese, con uvas pasas, con morrones, huevos etc.
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TAMALES:
Estos deliciosos envueltos de ma√≠z son un infaltable dentro de la cocina tradicional de√Īl norte Argentino, se sirven dentro de la hoja que envuelve el ma√≠z (chala).
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Los son similares a nuestro siguiente plato:

HUMITAS:
Envuelto hecho también a base de maíz; en el Norte Argentino son famosas las humitas en chala, que se sirven al igual que el tamal envueltas en las chalas del maíz imagenes: empanada y locro: Tomado del blog chocolate y frambuesa.
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Comida que me gusta en argentina

Friday, December 3, 2010 14:15

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En Argentina, la comida siempre es la mejor excusa para reunirse. Pizzas  con amigos, pastas con la familia, ¡asados con todos!

El almuerzo favorito de mi infancia fue la milanesa con papas fritas y huevo frito, y los¬† asados que hac√≠a mi pap√°, que por supuesto siempre eran los mejores! Toda la familia se juntaba para compartir ese momento tan especial. Mi mam√° nunca logr√≥ que tomara sopa, ni a√ļn en los d√≠as m√°s fr√≠os del invierno. Mi enemistad con la sopa fue disminuyendo con el tiempo, y ahora,¬† de vez en cuando, puedo tomar alguna.

En el interior del país, la gente hace una pausa al mediodía y almuerza tranquilamente, siempre comida recién preparada en casa. En cambio en las grandes ciudades, la actividad laboral nos lleva a tener un almuerzo muy breve, que puede ser ensalada, sandwich o las clásicas tartas y empanadas. Dentro del sandwich argentino, uno se puede encontrar con la más variada gama de ingredientes: desde tomate y lechuga, hasta un rico lomito asado. La cena se convierte, entonces, en el plato principal del día.

Personalmente prefiero las comidas simples, sin demasiados condimentos: carne al horno o en milanesa, con alguna guarnici√≥n de papas, pur√© o fideos; pastas con manteca o salsa de crema, y por supuesto todas las variedades de pizza. Tambi√©n me gusta mucho hacer ‚Äúpicada‚ÄĚ antes de la cena, que consiste en trozos de quesos varios, salam√≠n, jam√≥n, aceitunas, man√≠‚Ķ

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Los postres son, definitivamente, mi debilidad: tortas de chocolate, helados, masas de confitería, alfajores y flanes… todos son bienvenidos! Muchos de estos postres puedo hacerlos yo misma en casa, con lo que el placer es doble: preparlos y luego degustarlos!

En Expanish organizamos una cena todas las semanas para nuestros estudiantes, en la que visitamos restaurantes y probamos comidas deliciosas. Si querés saber de qué se trata, contactanos.

Carina

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Food Shopping on a Budget ‚Äď The Street Market Way

Friday, November 12, 2010 12:16

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For those Spanish students in Buenos Aires who enjoy trying fresh produce, and are tired of the big supermarket chains or higher prices in some of the tourist barrios, we have the perfect solution for you.

Ferias itinerantes (travelling fairs) can be found all across the city selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cold meats with cheese at inflation busting prices.

We visited the feria in San Telmo, open from 8am ‚Äď 2pm on Saturdays, that is situated on the corners of Mexico, Chile & Balcarce. We bought 8 bags of groceries, enough produce to cook dinner all week. Our bags were filled with vegetables, fruit, dried beans and pulses, olives and peanuts, fish and chicken all for $90 pesos.

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Not only do you get food for cheap, but it’s a great way to get to know different areas of Buenos Aires while also practicing Spanish at the same time.  With this hidden secret, you will be surrounded by locals, without a tourist in sight. To find out where the feria is in the city, you can check out the schedule here. Here is a quick guide to some common fruits and vegetables names so you can be sure you get the food that you want!

  • Apple ‚Äď Manzana
  • Strawberry‚Äôs ‚Äď Frutillas
  • Blueberry‚Äôs ‚Äď Ar√°ndanos
  • Onion ‚Äď Cebolla
  • Carrots ‚Äď Zanahorias
  • Aubergine (UK) / Eggplant (US) ‚Äď Berenjena
  • Celery – Apio
  • Lettuce ‚Äď Lechuga
  • Cucumber ‚Äď Pepino
  • Cougette (UK) / Zucchini – Zapallitos
  • Squash ‚Äď Zapallo

Ask any of the Expanish staff for more food names if it doesn’t appear on this list.

Enjoy and let us know if you visit or find any good markets yourself!

More information can be found here about the ferias itinerantes http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/guiaba/guia/?info=detalle&menu=2&id=1183

Joanne

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Mate, have some mate!

Friday, October 8, 2010 13:48

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Should¬īve got a coffee...The Argentine reaction to my mate making skills.

Should you ever have had the pleasure of visiting one of the Recoleta or San Telmo markets, or the misfortune to find yourself victim to every peddler and his wife on the Florida highstreet, you may well have had a peculiar looking small pot dangled in your face with a metal straw thrown in for good measure. This is called a mate (pronounced matay). If you have seen one you may, like us, have attempted a swift get away mistaking the steaming cup for a bong‚Ķ which it is not. Neither is it a peculiar Argentine way of saying ‚Äúmy tea‚ÄĚ as someone asked me the other day. Tea however, is probably about as close as one might be able to come to explaining it.

The idea is to fill the mate with what might be alikened to dried grass cuttings‚Ķ though, whilst things may be cheaper in Argentina, they¬īre not that cheap. This greeny ‚Äúyerba‚ÄĚ, as they call it, is used to fill the cup and, with your straw placed firmly down one side, hot (but not boiling) water is poured in very gently into a pre-made little hole in the yerba. And there you have it, a bitter and slightly messier version of some type of green tea‚Ķ apparently they¬īre still waiting for someone to invent the teabag here.

I must confess, for fear of being viewed as a philistine by all those who are well acquainted with the ‚Äúart‚ÄĚ of making mate, that this is a much simplified version of the procedure. Never before has the desire for a simple relaxing hot drink been made into such a headache by so many rules and etiquette. There are so many that I should not be at all surprised to be told that to show one¬īs appreciation for the drink, it¬īs the done thing to stand on one leg, sing a song and turn the cup upside down over your head‚Ķit¬īs not implausible.

The long and short of it is that in a transient moment of delirium, in which I managed to convinced myself that I had transgressed the boundaries of tourist and become a fully fledged Argentine, I decided to buy one and make my own.

Had it not tasted of dead wood, I might have enjoyed my afternoon beverage and therefore warn you all to do what I did not. Make sure you soak some yerba in cold water in your mate for at least five days before you use it. That is of course unless you¬īre partial to the flavor of¬†rotting tree‚Ķ Buena Suerte!

For information about how you can enjoy learning Spanish in Buenos Aires whilst perfecting your mate making skills visit Expanish

Archie

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Learning Spanish One Empanada at a Time

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 13:19

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The finished product. ¡Riquísima!

If you have been in Buenos Aires for longer than a minute, you have probably consumed your fair share of empanadas.¬†Perfect to eat at any hour of the day, this delicious Argentine favorite consists of pastry-like dough stuffed with a myriad of fillings like beef, sweet corn, cheese, ham, vegetables, and more ‚Äď all the good stuff.¬† Impress locals with your empanada baking skills by learning how to make the traditional Empanada Salte√Īa, which originates from the Northern Argentine province of Salta.

Empanada Salte√Īa Recipe

 Ingredients (makes 6 empanadas):

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 package empanada wrappers, Recommended Brand: La Salte√Īa (1 paquete Tapas de empanadas *Marca recomendada: La Salte√Īa).

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬ľ kilo¬† ground beef (Carne picada)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1¬† Small boiled potato, cut in cubes (Papa hervida, chica, cortada en cubos)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2¬† Green onions (cebollas de verdes)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 Small red or green pepper (Morr√≥n rojo o verde chica)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 40 g¬† Peas (Arvejas)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Garlic to taste¬†¬†(Ajo a gusto)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Salt, pepper, Spanish paprika-to taste (Sal, pimienta, piment√≥n a gusto)

Directions:

1. Finely chop the pepper and garlic.  In a lightly oiled pan, sauté the chopped garlic and then add the pepper.  Add salt and pepper. Add the chopped green onion. 

Picar el morrón, el ajo, y el verdeo.  En un sartén con un poquito de aceite, saltear primero el ajo, luego agregar el morrón.  Sal/pimentar. Agregar el verdeo picado.

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2. Add the ground beef to cook on medium heat.  Take off heat once the beef is cooked.

Agregar la carne picada y dejar cocinar a fuego medio.  Quitar del fuego cuando esté cocida. 

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3. In a bowl, combine the meat with the cubed potatoes and peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

En un ból, combinar la carne con la papa cortada y las arvejas.  Condimentar con sal, pimienta y pimentón.

4. To  make the empanadas: take a small bit of the filling and put it on the empanada wrapper, moisten the edges and fold.  Click here to see video.

Armar las empanadas: colocar un poco de relleno sobre las tapas, humedecer los bordes y repulgar. 

 

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5. Put them in a pre-heated oven at 180¬ļ and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.¬† And finished!

Llevar a horno precalentado 180¬ļ hasta que doren, aprox. 20 minutos. Y Listo! Buen Provecho!

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For all you Empanada fanatics, check out more great resources:

  1. National Empanada Festival in the Tucum√°n Province http://www.fiestadelaempanada.famailla.gov.ar/
  2. Empanada Guide http://argentinastravel.com/basics/cuisine/empanadas/
  3.  Best Empanada Delivery in Buenos Aires http://planetajoy.com/?Delivery_de_empanadas%3A_los_mejores_de_Buenos_Aires&page=ampliada&id=2085

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Living with a family whilst studying in Buenos Aires

Friday, October 1, 2010 14:09

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expanish activities03 211 Living with a family whilst studying in Buenos AiresSoy parte del Equipo de Expanish y me desempe√Īo como Coordinadora de Alojamientos.

Dentro de mis actividades m√°s desafiantes en el √°rea, es buscar y conocer hosts que se encuentran interesados en recibir a nuestros estudiantes.

Consideramos que  nuestras casas de familia deberán tener calidad por su ubicación, su cercanía, su limpieza, sus comodidades, pero nos involucramos mucho en encontrar Familias que disfruten del estudiante y que se pueda sentir parte de la casa como si fuera de él o ella.

Todas nuestras casas de familia comparten nuestros valores y creencias, sin embargo rescato una casa en especial, que más allá de su ubicación, su limpieza y sus  comodidades,  los hosts han hecho de varios alumnos, una experiencia excepcional.

El departamento se encuentra ubicado en Palermo Viejo, una de las mejores zonas de Buenos Aires. En ella, vive en matrimonio que comenzaron a alojar estudiantes cuando sus hijas empezaron a casarse e independizarse.

Hoy por hoy, tienen mucha experiencia con los chicos que reciben y tratan siempre de hacer algo diferente con cada uno de ellos.

Disfrutan mucho con el estudiante durante las comidas, especialmente en las cenas, intentan que los mismos, prueben comidas variadas al estilo Argentino y adem√°s ¬†aprovechan este tiempo para¬† generar un ambiente social m√°s profundo que el del d√≠a a d√≠a, con el fin de que el estudiante tenga la oportunidad de profundizar la pr√°ctica del espa√Īol.

Durante los fines de semana,¬† si el tiempo, el clima y entre otras cosas, los ayuda un poco, salen a pasear para tomar un caf√©, un helado o para que conozcan alg√ļn lugar t√≠pico.

Tuve la oportunidad de compartir con esta familia en uno de los cumplea√Īos que festejaron¬† a uno de los estudiantes que se estaba hospedando en su casa y la verdad es que no hab√≠a pasado ni hora y yo me sent√≠a parte de ellos.

Veía como los chicos se sentían en casa, ayudaban a traer cosas, lavar la vajilla, servir bebidas, mientras otros ayudaban a prender la brasa para el asado.

Fue ahí cuando no sólo afirmé los comentarios y los testimonios de los alumnos, sino que también pude tener la experiencia con ellos.

To find out more about accommodation and homestays click on Accommodation with Expanish

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The Argentine Food Guide for Spanish students in Buenos Aires. Part 6

Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:45

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Argentina is known for its fabulous foods, especially for all the delicious sweets and baked goods that are found in the countless deli‚Äôs located on almost every block throughout the city.¬†¬† One of the most famous baked goods that you will find is called Pasta Flora, a traditional pastry filled with different flavors of jam and a definite favorite among Argentine’s looking for something sweet.


Pasta Flora

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup jam/marmalade/mambrillo

  • Mix the eggs, the sugar, the butter, and shortening until smooth. Add vanilla, milk, and salt, adding the flour, baking powder mix, and roll the mixture until it becomes a dough ball.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Press half of the dough in the pan, spreading it evenly and covering with the jam. Take the other half of the dough and roll it out on a non-stick surface, and cut it into 14-18 strips.¬† Once you have all the strips, cross them over the pan with the dough and the jam, creating a top surface that looks like a graph.
  • Place the pastry in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, waiting until the dough is a golden brown color.

Enjoy!

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The Argentine Food Guide for Spanish students in Buenos Aires. Part 7

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8:19

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For any Spanish student in Buenos Aires this winter, we encourage you to spend at least one day/night a week preparing an Argentine dish, drink, or treat.  We know it is easy to go out to eat but creating your own argentine recipe and then bringing home that recipe will put a little bit of Argentina back in your home country.

Alfajor
The Alfajor is a famous treat found throughout Argentina and the locals and foreigners alike love this deliciously sweet cookie. Originating in Spain and then making its way to Argentina, along with its Spanish immigrant makers, the Alfajor became popular in the late early 1900’s for its sweet taste, easy recipe, and of course Spanish tradition. Argentina added its own unique flavour to the cookie by adding a middle of dulce de leche, the reason why Argentines love this cookie today.


Alfajor Recipe

1 3/4 cup of flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 pound butter (1 stick) (soft)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dulce de Leche (pot)

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl; cut the butter, and then mix everything together by hand. Mix in the lemon, egg yolks, and vanilla.
  • Shape the dough into 2 balls and let chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Flour your work surface, and roll out each dough ball into a thickness of ¬ľ inch. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on baking sheet.¬† Bake until dry (not brown) (15min).
  • Let the cookies cool and then spread a thick layer of dulce de leche on one half and place another cookie on top.

And you are done!

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What is the story behind Dulce de Leche in Argentina?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 13:34

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If you are studying Spanish in Buenos Aires you will have surely noticed that there are many cakes, pastries, cookies, pancakes, and many more sweet-related foods that have this caramel coloured condiment added.  This deliciously sweet condiment is a staple in the Argentine diet and no visit to Argentina should go without trying this sweet stuff, better know as Dulce de Leche (Sweet Milk).

Dulce de Leche is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk (condensed milk) to create something that is very similar to caramel, in both consistency and color.  Here in Argentina every family, supermarket, café, restaurant, and more, carry Dulce de Leche, and the locals can’t seem to get enough of it.   There are some other recipes that make for a similar product, but since we are speaking of Argentina, we will stick with this delicious form of it.

Recipe for Dulce de Leche

Ingredient: Condensed Milk or Milk and Sugar

Put the condensed milk or milk mixed with plenty of sugar in a sauce pan and simmer, constantly stirring!  ( If you do not stir, the mixture with burn onto the bottom of the pot).

You will probably have to do this for about 2 hours, so keep a book or something entertaining handy, until the mixture become brown and thick like syrup.

Once the mixture is thick poor it into another bowl to cool. Then, use it how you like: to spread on toast, add to a cake, cover cookies, or just eat it with a spoon!

This is a very easy recipe, only slight time consuming but always worth the effort. If you are living in Buenos Aires, it can easily be bought anywhere groceries or sold but if you go back home, remember this recipe!

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