Pastel de Choclo - Choclo is corn. It is basically like a pot-pie of sorts, with corn meal, creamed corn, onions, ground beef, as the central ingredients, then people add different things in addition as per their taste. Our friend Gloria, Laura's nanny across the hall, surprised us with a small one the other day. It also had some basil in it. It was delicious! This was a small one in an individual ramekin but she offered to prepare us a big one some time that we can just bake ourselves for dinner. Looking forward to that!
Humitas - I first saw this word on a little sign leaned against a small ice chest outside the grocery store last week - someone was selling them on the street. I asked a friend what they are, and then also found out that the little fruit and veggie stand that we go to nearby also sells home made ones. They are like a Chilean version of tamales, but without meat, wrapped in corn husks. These ones had corn meal with tons of chopped onions and some chopped basil in them, and our friend Meme (Maria Eliana) suggested we eat them with the fresh tomatoes on top.
Cuchufli - These are very light-weight wafer cookies that are filled with manjar (dulce de leche), which is similar to a caramel, but not quite as sweet.
|They look like cigars, don't they?|
These were the cookies that Caleb helped make at school yesterday, called Cocadas (Found this wiki info about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocadas). They are ground up crackers mixed with manjar (dulce de leche) and shaved coconut, with a few sprinkles added for fun. Easy no bake cookie recipe for the kids to do. :)