Part Eight: Santiago, Chile
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sun appeared finally on this, my second last day in Chile. About
7.00 am our enthusiastic team drove to the town of Penaflor
where we set up in the restaurant/convention centre as planned.
The owners of the venue were a late middle-aged Chilean couple who
had migrated to Melbourne, Australia many years before and established
a thriving mobile food company featuring the famous fried sweets
known as churros. I remember seeing their vans parked
at the Queen Victoria Markets for years. Now they had retired
and returned to Chile.
press arrived as well as some local residents and I gave a short
(20 minute!) class - a sort of cooking appetiser. We had made a
delicious vegetable dish laden with big juicy chunks of panir cheese,
and in the demonstration I fried cauliflower florets in spicy chickpea
flour batter, pakoras, and a hot and sweet tomato chutney.
All this was served with a rice pulao. One hour before the
guests arrived someone had suggested that we make a sweet, and indeed
we did - the famous Simply Wonderfuls.The gentlemen on the
left is enjoying his fourth!
I hadn't made these for many years! They are an irresistible combination
of creamy unsalted butter, sugar and milk powder, laced with orange
zest and currants. They were very popular. After the class and
dinner I was interviewed (in the sun!) by Nicole and Daniella from
Paula Cocina a famous Chilean womens' Magazine, for
an article to be published later in the year entitled Healthy
& Natural Cuisine. When the guests had left we returned
to the Centre for a quiet night.
week in Santiago de Chile had passed very quickly. Once again
I had developed an affection for the young boys and girls who had
enthusiastically absorbed themselves in the week-long classes. But
all good things must eventually come to an end, so now it was time
to pack my bags and continue my South American culinary tour. After
lunch I gathered together whomever I could find for a quick group
photo outside the Cultural Centre. I bade farewell to all, with
a special big hug for Adikesava, then left for the airport
to board Lan Chile flight 539, an evening flight
bound for Lima, Peru.
On with the show!
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