Fiestas Patrias and greasy empanadas
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Happy Fiestas Patrias everyone! Tuesday is Chileâ€™s independence day, Wednesday is sort of like Memorial day, and then off course what is the point of having school on Monday? I am not sure what the rationale behind having Thursday and Friday off was, but anyway, we have a whole week of vacations! I am leaving tonight for Pucon, which is about halfway down the country from Santiago. The bus ride is about 10 hours, but I am taking an overnight so hopefully I will sleep part of the way.
I am glad I stuck around for this weekend though, because I got to make empanadas with my hostmom! Empanadas here can come in a bunch of different varieties, cheese, ham and cheese, mushroom and cheese, etc. But the national favorites are Pino, which has a beef and onion mix and a small slice of hard boiled egg and a whole black olive in them. Some weirdos put raisins in them too, but they are wrong. Now that I have the method down, I think I am going to experiment with some vegetarian options, spinach and cheese, etc. I probably didnâ€™t need to have a visual on how much lard goes into a batch of empanadas, since they are the cheap favorite for lunches around her, but I think I will just selectively ignore that fact.
This is my FIRST photo of Mama Claudia, she will only pose for photos when she is fully primped.