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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

:: Last Weekend ::

Wow!! I can't believe I finally have the computer allllll to myself!!!!
Explain you say?...... Well,  Mr. W. works from home, and we have just one desk top which we share, lately it's been all work, work, work. Which means I'd better hurry, because once he gets home it's Work, work all over again.  (maybe Santa will bring me an ipad for xmas, hmmmm)

Last weekend was great!!! So many things went on in our home, First we had a very delightful weekend visit from our granddaughter Pia. She lives in Arizona, and  we see her just a few times a year, so when she comes out to Cali it's always a Piafest. This visit was even more special because we celebrated her 6th birthday. It was a small family affair with a few little people, but I know she had a blast.

On Saturday night she had a sleepover with her bestest cousin Milla, (her only female cousin). And on Sunday they helped me make pastel de choclo for the Laguna Niguel Academy food fair.

We all had a grand time. Except one thing, I forgot to take the camera to the fair and so I have no pics of the booths, the children performing, or even the authentic hula dancers, bum!!!     :(

But I will share what pics I do have.

Little Miss. Pia
Oliver Jason, My oldest grand son, a whole nine years old.

Julian Werner, "aka" Luli. eight yrs. old. Always making funny faces.

My girls, Milla and Pia. Cousins and best of friends.

And last but never ever least, little Miss. Ireland.
Pia and her daddy, and a huge birthday cake!!!
Pia and her crew, mostly family, with a couple of friends.
Mr. W. "aka" Papa with his pride and joys.
On Sunday, the girls and I, with a little help from Papa, cooked all morning. We made two pastel de choclo, (corn and meat casserole) for the food fair. Traditionally, ground beef is used, in my version, I used meatless, gluten based vegetable protein. Chicken is also used, but since I and many of the folks at the fair are vegetarian, I skipped the meat altogether. My daughter was very suprised at how flavorful it turned out, "you can't tell it's not real beef Mom".
Remember, I am not Chilean, soooo this is the best I could do.
The corn topping,consists of fresh grated corn, (I was lucky to find yellow corn) fresh chopped basil, cooked with milk and butter seasoned to taste with salt.
Of course the girls helped,  ;)  Mardi Gras mask and all.
Sprinkle with sugar and bake, I think they stayed in the oven a bit too long, (my bad).
Not too shabby for a non Chilean!!!  It went well at the food fair, my daughter made the most delicious Chilean, tomato and onion salad, and by the end of the day it was all pretty much gone.

It was a great weekend, to say the least. Fun family times always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy for a while, or at least until next time.

Have a great rest of your week everyone!!!!


  1. Ay Dios mío!!
    el pastel de choclo es una de mis comidas favoritas, lo malo es que no sé prepararlo, yo ni siquiera lo he intentado!!
    Es delicioso!! En fuentes de greda!!
    Y las "humitas" las conoces??

  2. Hola Lore!!!
    I have learned through trial and error (a duras penas).

    I put these in aluminum pans because they were not staying at home. But no matter how hard I try they never turn out as good as my mother-in-laws.
    Humitas! yummmmm !!!!! to die for. But I am afraid to even try. I could just imagine everything spilling out and making a mess.
    There is a little Chilean restaurant in Los Angeles that we go to whenever we crave "real" Chilean ciusine, El Rincon Chileno, it has everything from Chile, and then some. Yummmyyy.
    Take care my dear!

    P.S If I can make pastel de choclo, trust me, so can you. give it a try, you may just surpise yourself. :0)

  3. 2 comments:
    barefoot mama said...
    I think it's wonderful that you are keeping this blog. Such a gift you are giving to your grandchildren.They will cherish this someday!! Barefoot mama, TX
    October 19, 2011 1:54 PM
    anna said...
    Thank you so much!!!
    They are indeed the light o2 comments:
    barefoot mama said...
    I think it's wonderful that you are keeping this blog. Such a gift you are giving to your grandchildren.They will cherish this someday!! Barefoot mama, TX
    October 19, 2011 1:54 PM
    anna said...
    Thank you so much!!!
    They are indeed the light of my life, little copies of my own children.

    Ps. Some where the pics that go along with this post got lost, gosh darn!!!
    October 19, 2011 2:23 PM
    f my life, little copies of my own children.

  4. First , Tomate y cebolla = Ensalda a la Chilena :)
    Rincon Chileno Restaurant in Los Angeles, of course! I was there eating Empanadas this summer. I have some pics in fact! The food is not bad, but the pan amasado? I do it better! Jajaja
    You do not need to be Chilean, you are a Chilean at heart, that is what it counts.... :P I have never cooked Pastel de Choclo, so you win there!
    Your grand Children look very Chilean indeed! All very healthy and lovely!
    I can see have giving your blog a bit of makeover, Good! Enjoy the computer, too soon, El Patron will take over jajaja :P

  5. Ha ha ha!!!! You are funny Lory, ok I stand corrected, Ensalada a la Chilena, I'll have to pass that one on to my daughter, she is the official family salad maker.

    As far as El Rincon, the food is really good, a bit rich compared to my mother in laws, but none the less good. And you are right, the bread... Mas o menos.

    It was a great weekend though, my grandbabies are my pride and joy, and your are probably right, even though they have so many other genes in them the Chilean ones seem to always pop out. Actually, Pia is mostly Chilena, 3/4 to be exact. The rest, well let's just say we have our own little melting pot. :)
    "De todo in poco".

    Thanks for always plopping in to say hello.

    Take care.

  6. P.S.
    Thanks for noticing my. New blog look. Simple is better, don't you think???!

    P.S.S. Correction: popping, not plopping. Teeheehee