|Ensalada Chilena - a more beautiful sight, I've rarely seen|
|What would Rod say?|
Here's how it went down: As I was preparing to research the beautiful country of Chile and tonight's meal, I checked my email as I always do. Waiting in my "in box" was a message from an unknown name. I opened it (relying on Norton to protect me), and was amazed to find that the sender had come across my foodie blog while researching places in the Metrowest Area to move with her young family. She said she liked the vibe she got from my blog (and my fire pit!) and wondered if Id be willing to talk with her about the town I live in. She attached a link to the company she and her musician/therapist husband own and operate so I'd know she was legit: WWW.SINGALINGO.COM, Turns out, it's a totally cool educational company that helps parents, teachers and gift-givers teach children a second language (in this case, Spanish) through the meaningful use of music, movement and fun.
Tonight's Meal: Ensalada Chilean (salad) and Pastel de Choclo (Corn and Meat Pie)
|Tomatoes, onions, lemon and cilantro|
|Soak onions in water for about an hour to take out some of the bite (I used Vidalia onions because that's what I had)|
|Peel and slice tomatoes thinly, then squeeze juice of a 1/2 a lemon|
|Cook butter, corn and basil|
|Add milk (I added a little flour to thicken) and simmer|
|Saute onions, add ground beef, then layer with olives and raisins|
|Add cubed chicken|
|Top with corn mixture and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes till golden brown on top|
|Ensalada Chilena and Pastel de Choclo|
|Dessert-beautiful locally grown peaches my sweet friend Debbie brought me today~xoxo!!|
Chileans normally eat four times a day. The first meal of the day is breakfast, which mostly consists toasted bread with butter and instant coffee with milk. Lunch (served between 1:00 and 2:00 P.M. ) is the big meal of the day. Traditionally two main dishes are served. The first course may be a salad of some kind. A common salad is the ensalada chilena, including sliced onions, chopped and peeled tomatoes, an oil and vinegar dressing, and fresh cilantro (coriander). The second dish generally includes beef or chicken, accompanied by vegetables. Around 5:00 P.M. Chileans take once, an afternoon tea with bread and jam, that often also includes cheeses and palta (avocados). Once, which means "eleven," is evidently named after the British tea time—11:00 A.M. Around 9:00 P.M. most families serve dinner, which is usually a single but substantial dish, most often accompanied with wine grown in the many Central Valley vineyards.