Archive | July, 2012

Pie of the week: Rustic Strawberry Tart

31 Jul

Tarta rustica de frutilla? Si, por favor!
Rustic Strawberry Tart? Yes, please!

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Tarta de frutilla

I grew up on a farm. Really, I did. I was one of those wild-childs that during the summer months ran around without shoes until my feet were black, stuffed my face with fresh raspberries off the bush, chased bees on dandelions during the day and caught fireflies with mason jars by night. It was a fantastic thing growing up there, and maybe explains my somewhat unrefined, untamed personality that I have now. This pie is an ode to those summer days on the farm. Strawberries have been popping up in verdulerias lately, just screaming to be used in a pie like this. It’s rustic, free-form crust is delicate and sprinkled with ground almonds, the strawberry filling is sweet, juicy, with just the right amount of tang.

ORDER NOW: Rustic Strawberry Pie 9-inch, $60 pesosStrawberry tart

Yo crecí en una granja. Posta. Yo era una niña salvaje  que durante los…

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The eating continues: Santiago de Chile, part 2

24 Jul

As I mentioned in Santiago de Chile part 1, eating was a recurring theme on my to-do list for the short weekend we had planned in the Chilean capital. After shopping for about 5 hours non-stop (hey, I live in Buenos Aires, shopping culture doesn’t exist here), we were starving and needed food and alcohol. Our hotel was located right next to *gasp* La Fuente Alemana! I swear I didn’t plan this! After having watched Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode in Sanitago, we had already planned on going to get our pork sandwich on the following day in the downtown location….little did we know there were TWO locations, the other one being in Providencia.

La fuente alemanaLa Fuente Alemana is a pretty impressive joint. The waitresses are also the cooks. They take your order, then go behind the counter and make it. Hey, strange system but it seems to work, and they can’t blame the kitchen for being slow. La Fuente also offers their own home-brewed beer in a large, thirst-quenching glass.

But the real stars are the pork sandwiches or sandwiches de lomito. Piled with mayonnaise, avocado, sauerkraut, tomato and thin slices of juicy, braised pork. I could barely finish mine, but believe me, I did.

Pork Sandwich, La fuente alemana

So after eating huge amounts of pork and slurping beer, the best thing to do is get outside and take a walk. We decided to check out Cerro San Cristóbal for an amazing view of the city. I was wary about climbing up the hill…I didn’t have the best hiking shoes, so we took the cable car to the top. FYI: heights + Kelly = bad idea. It wasn’t even that high, I mean, the train is on a track, you never leave the ground, but you do go at quite an incline and you have the illusion that you could just fall off the hill and float into space if you weren’t holding on tight enough (or was that just my illusion?)

View from Cerro San Cristobal

But once you’re on top, the view is worth all the panic attacks in the world! The mountains are gorgeous, and just the fact that you can see them from almost any part of the city changes your entire perspective. In Buenos Aires when I look up, the only thing I tend to see is a crazy, runaway bus barreling towards me. There’s no escaping! But in Santiago, all you have to do is lift your head to know that the whole world is out there, and in comparison to these magestic mountains, you and your problems are just dust in the breeze.

23 Jul

A delicious reason to order a pie this week!

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Cookie Pie of the Week
Do you remember that store in the mall that sold giant cookie pies with a “Happy Birthday” or “I love you” scrawled out in icing? I always wanted one of those…something about a giant cookie was just so tempting to me. I never did get one, but no problem, because I’m positive this Chocolate chip toffee cookie pie is 1,000 times better. Made with browned butter, semi-sweet chocolate and toasted flour, it’s got a distinctive toffee flavor and a wonderful chewy, crunchy texture.

Chocolate chip toffee cookie pie, 9 inch pie serves 8 people. Order yours today for only 60 pesos!Cookie pie of the week

Don’t want a whole pie? Order a dozen balls of frozen cookie dough! Just pop them in the oven whenever you want a hot, gooey chocolate chip cookie!

Order your dozen of ready-to-bake cookie dough balls for only 40 pesos!

Hecho con mantequilla dorada, chocolate semi-amargo y harina tostada…

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16 Jul

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Winter. Snowflakes. Hot Chocolate. Bread Pudding. Bulky sweaters to cover up the newly-gained kilos. Let’s admit it, winter is a great time to be fat. And although warming spices and  hot, filling desserts are great, winter also means citrus time, it’s fresh, it’s zingy and it’s in season.

This tart is an ode to the winter citrus. A crunchy, lemon scented shortbread crust is topped with a lemon, ginger, grapfruit curd and slices of fresh and juicy slices of kiwi and grapefruit. This a the shot of vitamin C that you needed.Citrus Tart

Citrus Bomb Tart: 26 x 7 cm (rectangular tart), Serves 4-6 people, $55 pesos. ORDER NOW!

Citrus Bomb Tart

Invierno. Copos de nieve. Churros con chocolate. Sueters gigante para cubrir tus kilitos de más. Admitámoslo, el invierno es un espectacular estacion para ser gordito. Y aunque los especias como canela, nuez moscada y clavo de olor te da calor, y…

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Happiest place on earth: Doña Clara, Casa de Reposteria

14 Jul

Doña ClaraI told myself I wouldn’t do it. I promised that this weekend I would hold myself back. That I wouldn’t spend another beautiful, sunny weekend inside, happily chained to the oven, covered in flour and listening to punk music. My complexion has been getting paler and paler, that I almost have a strange, transparent gleam in my face. Ok. So I’ll get outside, some fresh air, a bit of sunshine. But what do pastry chefs do when they’re not baking??

They go to the pastry porn shop aka the casa de reposteria de Doña Clara, which has just about anything you could possibly want, no matter how you like it. The shelves are lined with everything you could possibly fantasize about: pastry tips of all shapes and sizes, hard to find ingredients like glucose and fondant, they’ve even got miniature nativity scenes made out of hardened sugar (hey, if that’s your thing).
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Put some color in your life: Rainbow Cookie Recipe

13 Jul
Rainbow Cookie Recipe

Cookie time at the office…yum!

I don’t have an addiction to Starbucks. I don’t keep a secret stash of beans in my desk drawer. And I don’t go there several times a week. And I definitely did not go there last week and eat a horrible Rainbow Cookie. But, if I did, it would have made me crave a really good Rainbow Cookie, and I would have went home and made one. Continue reading

Put down the mate, pick up the mote. Santiago, Part 1.

8 Jul

I have to admit something. These past two weeks I’ve been depressed. You see, two weeks ago, the husband and I took a fabulous weekend trip to Santiago de Chile, which during we took tons of pictures (which is really difficult for us) but when we got back home…the camera was nowhere to be found! I was sooo upset that we had lost the pictures of this trip, the best entire trip of my life! So, you can understand why I’ve been avoiding blogging these last few days….what’s there to write about?

Fast-forward to this evening, I decided to give one last look around the house before calling it quits, so I open up my junk drawer, which is filled with papers, sand (yes sand, don’t ask), coins, pencils and other odds and ends, and which I’ve looked through a 1,000 times, and voilá! what do I see? My precious camera with all my Santiago pics! Life is good again.
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2 Jul

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Apple pie

Ready to celebrate the 4th of July, American style?

What could be better than having a slice of this all-american apple pie? (disclaimer: all-american expect for the apples that are from Argentina, oh and all the other ingredients as well)

Cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg and two types of apples: tart Granny Smith and sweet and bright McIntosh. This pie is great with a dollop of cinnamon-spiked whipped cream, or heated up with some helado de vainilla.

This 9-inch pie can be yours for only $50 pesitos. Please place your order at least 24 hours in advance.

Order now to have your pie for the 4th of July!

Estás listo para festejar el 4 de julio?

O quizás el 9 de julio? Probá este riquisimo tarta de manzana. Con canela, gengibre, nuez moscada, clavo de olor y dos tipos de manzana; Smith y McIntosh.

Sírvela calentita con helado de vainilla o crema…

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