Monday, September 8, 2008

It's just me.

You'll have to excuse my bloggy absence. I've been reading, eating, playing with my kids. Yeah. That's it.

My maid has taught me how to make sopaipillas. These are a fried pastry. They can be sweet or salty. On this particular occasion, she made them salty. She hand rolled the dough and added fresh squash to the mixture. This is why they appear to be orange in color. I had to laugh as she was searching around my kitchen for just the right tools. I was lacking in the dough cutter type thingies. But she made do with a plastic cup. Let me be the first to tell you that these were excellent, fresh, soft, tasty, and I was impressed. It's not everyday that this type of thing comes out of my kitchen. That was on Friday.

Today she made Charquican. Yeah. I don't know what that is either. Until now. O.M.G. Yes, let's just say that this is more delicious than it sounds, more incredible than the picture looks, and super quick and easy to make. Here are the ingredients: ground beef, potatoes, squash, carrots, onions, oregano, and one cube of beef flavoring. yeah. O.M.G. I think I might have to go and get another bowl of this. If you are interested in the recipe, please let me know. I can work on putting it together for you. The taste is rather not what I would have thought, given the fact that I do not like onions. You can't even taste them. Delicious. You can serve this with some fresh bread and a nice salad. Apparently it's pretty popular here in Santiago. I can see why. Yum!

And now I must tell you what I've been doing with the rest of my time. After I played with my kids, and certainly after I've put them into bed, I've been doing a little reading. It's been winning the battle over my blog time. You see, there has been a lot of hype. And there has been a lot of hoopla, and some talk, and then some crazy people standing in lines at bookstores to buy these books. Well not just any books. I happened to hear the talk, and see the people in the lines, and still I didn't budge. But blog after blog that I am reading or stumble across keeps mentioning these books. Like it's some kind of drug.

I bought all 4 of them. I received them last Wednesday. I'm on book #3 right now. I haven't read a single book since before my son was born. So let's just say I haven't read since before August 2004. Long time. I. cannot. put. these. down. They are that good. And I'm in love with a new Edward. Shhhh. Don't tell my Edward. But O. M. G. I love them. They are just really enthralling. I am captivated and completely enchanted. OK, I can't blog anymore. I have to go read. It's like that. I promise I will come back though.

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Lauren W said...

Ok, first, I totally want those recipes! I tried to make sopapillas a while back, and they did not turn out right... Oh man... I miss them :/
Second, I'm so glad you've been sucked in! Aren't the books wonderful :) Go enjoy!

Mamasphere said...

It all looks delicious! I'm totally drooling over your pictures. Can I have both recipes? I've never tried sopaipillas before, but I've heard a lot about them.

Kat said...

Oh, I will second the both recipes request. We are doing geography with our homeschooling curriculum - and we like to choose what country to study based on food. I am thinking that these two dishes might go together. Yummy.

I too have read the Twilight books. And now my 10 year old is almost finished with the first one. We got them from Amazon, too. Because otherwise she'd be #304 in line at the library.

Shannon said...

Ooooo... both sound yummy, but especially the sopaipillas.

And I totally jumped on the Twilight bandwagon after reading so many other bloggers rave about them! And I am sooooo glad I did! I liked all four books and am looking forward to the 1st movie in Nov.

Dawn said...

I would love the recipes! You are so lucky to have her to teach you all these things!! Yum!! You are going to make me go buy those books!

Anonymous said...

Like I have to ASK for the recipes!! Put me on the list!!! LOL

I am soooooo glad that you like the books ~ see, told ya they were that good..

Don't forget to go to her site and read "Midnight Sun" For Edward's point of view about "Twilight"..

I'm ready for a bowl of charquican.
Here's my bowl!

Love your Maid!!

Love you MORE!

Your Sister

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by and wishing me well for the hurricane, I really appreciate it.

I love the Twilight series books and I am also on #3 and looovin Edward too :)

Susan said...

That food looks dee-licious! Yum! Send the recipes my way or post them, since it seems like most people want them.
Enjoy your book. I haven't gotten sucked in to the series YET.

CaraBee said...

I love sopaipillas! Definitely post the recipes!! I just finished New Moon and Eclipse is awaiting me on my bedside table. I can't believe I never heard of these books before, but now I am totally hooked and can't wait to see the movie.

Chelle said...

Yum. Yum. And yum. :)

I have heard so much about those books! I am thinking that I must go out and read them. Asap.

THopgood said...

I foresee a trip to the bookstore in my very near future.

Breanne said...

Looks so good. I am married to the army:) Stopping by on BATW.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....crap, now I'm hungry! LOL...As for being MIA...we understand kids and good reads are AWESOME! Just glad to see you are back! :)

georgie said...

can I come and a be a forgein exchange mom with you? gosh that food looks good!

I have been eeing the twilight books all over the blog-o-sphere guess i am gonna hafta break down and buy them

I found ya on blog around the world

Carol said...

Not only do I want your recipes, I actually want your maid too.

Oh the Twilight saga. I just bought them for a friend for her birthday but as yet I have managed to abstain myself. I just can't do vampires.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh. I loooove sopapillas! I have a recipe for sweet ones with a cinnamon/butter sauce that's to die for.

And I keep hearing about these books...I'm gonna have to get them, I guess...I'll tell my husband that you're to blame for the $100 I'm about to spend :)

Krystyn said...

You should definitely post the recipes for those delicious creations.

I don't like onions, either. People think I'm crazy!

And, these books...I think I'm the last to jump on this bandwagon. What to do?

RhondaLue said...

I wannnnnnnnnaaaaa maid!!!

Those twilight books are the best! AMAZING!