Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Year stories from Chile

On December 29th, I talked about the best New Year ever.

Here I am now to share an account of a student who was on a visit to Chile:

Vina del Mar.

On the 31st, for supper we had a completely different main dish, unusual on the traditional Brazilian table: ostrich strudel.

For dessert, or "postre" in Spanish, there were a lot of fruit, pies, puddings, and ice cream.

No French toast, walnuts, chesnuts, hazelnuts, figs, raisins and plums as we have at our New Year's supper in Brazil.

I tried the cherry pie with cherry ice cream.

Superb! Cherries were in season in Chile. Very sweet and soft!

The place was nicely decorated and a young singer performed international songs.

I shouldn't have eaten and drunk so much!

Well, diets always start on January 1st.



How was your New year? Did you do anything special or different?


Anonymous said...

This student had a completely different New Year. It must have been an interesting experience.
I`ve never tried ostrich but people say it`s good.
But my New Year supper was very good as well.
I stayed in Rio and tasted the delicious food mentioned: French toasts with a lot of sugar and cinnamon( I prefer them hot),chester decorated with peaches and plum served with manioc meal. I also had "salpic√£o", a typical Brazilian tropical salad.
Important !
Homemade food !
Instead of dried fruits as raisins, dates, walnuts , hazelnuts and chestnuts, I prefer the fresh ones: pineapple, melon and watermelon.
Pineapples are in season in Brazil. They`re unique!
I believe we Brazilians must adapt some European eating habits because while they are freezing there in Europe, we`re melting here in Brazil.

teresa said...

Your supper must have been great!
Hot French toasts...
It makes my mouth water...
Homemade food !
It`s getting more and more rare.
Modern times!
Everybody is catering.
We can find Delivery Services everywhere.
Back to French toasts and homemade food, here is my grandmother`s recipe :

French toasts:


• 4 eggs
• 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup milk
• 12 to 14 slices white bread
• butter
• i cup of coconut milk
• 1/2 cup of condensed milk
* 2 tea spoons of cinnamon


Break eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; beat lightly with a fork. Stir in sugar, salt, milk, coconut milk and condensed milk.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter or margarine.

Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side.

Soak/coat only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.

Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on them.
Serve French toasts hot.
Recipe for French toast serves 6.

Try it!