Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Beauty Will Buy No Beef"

After my sister left to take all her crap back to her apartment, I went to work in my backyard. Scrubbing the deck, pulling weeds, raking, etc. I was out there for around two hours so i worked up quite the appetite. I was Ready to start cooking some Argentinean food. However, I lack the proper ingredients so i waited for Mama to get home to let me drive to the store. The two of us took it upon ourselves to holler out the windows when we drove under the overpass. As always, it was fun.

A fairly large country on the southern part of South America lies with the Andes mountains on its western border. It's Argentina, the country of the day!! WOOT!

Now in Argentina, beef is ranked highest of all foods, Argentinians also eat more fruit than any other country in the world. So wouldn't it make sense for them to combine the two? Oh it does, its yummy, and its flavorful. Not to mention the addition of potatoes and sweet potatoes with it. Perfect.

BTW potatoes come from the Andes mountains, they didn't originate in Ireland.

Many immigrants came from Spain and Italy, but others came from Britain, Germany, and there were some Jewish immigrants too. The Italians introduced pizza, and various pasta dishes to the country, while the British brought over tea and established tea time in Argentina.

Carbonada Criolla:
- 3 tbs. olive oil
- 1 1/2 lb. flank steak
-4 large tomatoes, thickly chopped
-1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
-1 large onion
-2 bay leaves
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tsp. oregano
-2 c. chicken stock
-2 potaoes, cut into 1" cubes
-2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1" cubes
-2 ears of corn, cut into 1" thick circles [or 2 cups frozen corn]
-2 zuchinni, diced into 1/2" pieces
-2 peaches, diced into 1/2" pieces
-2 pears in 1/2" pieces

Heat the oil in a heavy pot on medium-high. Sear the steak a 2 mins on each side mins per side. Remove from pot cut into desired size, most likely 1" cubes and set aside. Now in the same pot, add in the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and pepper until softened. Throw in the oregano and bay leaves. Pour in the chicken stock; bring to a boil. Return the Beef to the pot, add potatoes and sweet potatoes, Cover and simmer for 15 mins. Stir in the corn and zucchini. simmer for 10 mins or until the veggies are just soft. Throw in the cubed fruit and cook for a final 5 mins. Serve piping hot to your family, friends, or both.

This was a truly interesting dish, one bite you have savory beef with tomatoes, then the next bite you get a sweet cube of fruit with corn, or sweet potato and zucchini, and if you can manage to get all the parts of the dish at the same time its a melody of flavors that make your taste buds smile. Aside from that, it's a very colorful dish and looks beautiful when you stare at it face to flavor. You can also tell the Italian influence with the use of oregano, garlic, and bay leaves, and i like that about this dish. You're not to sure what to expect.

Other popular dishes include the, empanda which means little meat pie, which is served with hot chimicurri sauce. There is also something that is similar to chicken fried steak called, milanesa, which is beef that is dipped in eggs, crumbs, and then fried. Also I like Argentina because it's South America's largest honey producer, and I love me some honey.

Goodnight, sleep well, feast on.

[English Proverb For Title]

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