Look At This Lunch Meat

I am not sure how the Uruguayan people would take me calling this lunch meat, but that is what it resembles to me.

Joe did a great deal of research before we moved here, we saw videos, had slide-shows and generally discussed Uruguayan customs, foods, housing, language, futbal and of course its people.

One major discussion item was food. I love to cook, I love to bake and we both love to eat, so many of our after dinner slide-shows included food.

montevideo-2-3-2Matambre is a rolled stuffed beef dish made here in Uruguay as well as Argentina.   We have seen it for sale in the local supermarket and decided to try it.

montevideo-2-3-3The bread is Pan de Campo or country bread. It was a huge round loaf and this sandwich is only half a slice of bread. I am not sure what the Uruguayans would use on the sandwich but I added leaf lettuce and mayo.  It went over very well.  I would buy it again. Yum!

Sunday Market or Feria

Early Sunday morning Joe and I headed out for our daily walk. Joe had several places in mind for us to at least walk by if not visit.  One was the planetarium another the zoo and the third was……..  But instead we got totally side-tracked as we discovered a Sunday Market about five blocks from our apartment.

montevideo-2-4-23The vendors block off the several streets and set up their tents, some even come with what looks like a food truck that opens to show cold cases for cheese, meat and fish.montevideo-2-4-24The first thing that caught my eye was the flowers, but I only picked up one plant and that was thyme.  And it joined my other herb basil on the washing machine in our laundry room.montevideo-2-4-25We figured a tray of 30 large eggs would cost $3.00 and they even had one man selling household products, cleaning, TP, paper towels.  montevideo-2-4-26There were several vendors set up selling cheese, pork, chicken, beef and even fish.montevideo-2-4-27 montevideo-2-4-28The fruits and vegetables looked fresh but we had just gone shopping on Friday and our refrigerator was filled with everything we needed for the week. I have not had the time to check prices but I am sure this Sunday Market is cheaper than Tienda Inglesa.montevideo-2-4-29Grapes run $1.42 per kilo, that is cheap cheap cheap.  They are grown here so maybe that is why they are so inexpensive. Next Sunday these will be on my shopping list.montevideo-2-4-30Everything is marked so you know what you’re spending.montevideo-2-4-31I just could not resist the strawberries, they are one of my favorites.  They were small with a hint of tartness. Just perfect to eat with sugar and cream, and that is just what I did.montevideo-2-4-32$1.60 a kilo for peaches. That works out to about 72 cents a pound.montevideo-2-4-33 montevideo-2-4-34 montevideo-2-4-35 montevideo-2-4-36This stand was selling all different dried herbs and even had nutmeg nuts in this bowl above.  Need to spend some time finding out what these are but I did buy some of the adobo which I knew had red pepper flakes and seeds in it.  I have used it on several things and it does pack a punch.montevideo-2-4-37 montevideo-2-4-38This will be our Sunday morning ritual.  Buying fresh fruits and veggies five blocks from the house.  Now all we need is one of those Old Lady Carts, yes, I am prepared to drag it around. ha ha

Laughter is Great Medicine

Our friends Leigh and Rick took me into Manta with them yesterday.  We told stories, laughed having a great time. We had breakfast at a local restaurant with Angie and Raphael, the restaurant served Llapingachos – but not with potato – with yuca, they have a different name which I failed to catch. They also serve the traditional Ecuadorian breakfast meals from Chicken and Rice to Encebollado which is a soup of Albacore Tuna with onions as well as over-easy eggs.  My kind of place. I love encebollado but had to have the over-easy eggs with the llapingachos and a café con leche.

Of course we had to take a few of the llapingachos to go. They are now in the freezer waiting for the perfect day to bring them out for another feast.

img_3193 We then went to the mall and SuperMaxi for some shopping while Rick took his truck in to get detailed -you cannot call it washed as it looked like a new truck when he came to pick us up.

We then went out to lunch, fish ceviche, excellent.

It was a laughter filled busy day, thanks Leigh and Rick for such a fun day.

Vendors Part 2: The Egg Man

Every Tuesday morning at 10:30am I can set my watch because the Egg Man comes down our street.  He sells eggs, toothpaste, toilet paper, sometimes he has disposable razors, women’s hygiene products, clothespins, toothbrushes, kitchen sponges it just depends on what he thinks he can sell, I guess.

IMG_2978 IMG_2979I buy this 30 count tray for $3.60. The eggs are large, fresh and wonderful for all my baking extravaganzas.

Simple Semifredo Ice Cream

I honestly can’t say that I am obsessed with good food, and I do not consider myself an Uber Gourmet or some other sideways fancy title. I am just a cook who loves good food, good ingredients and experimenting with different cuisines.  Ask Joe if I have made the same thing twice ever and he will tell you, Never!  I started this back right after we were married. Our food budget including personal items, cleaning supplies and all food items for most of our weekly meals and it was a whopping $20 per week.  Yes, this was back in the early 70’s and we managed on that budget along with several nights a week eating out as we were both going to college after our full-time day jobs.  We ate a lot of ground hamburg meat, I made meatballs, meatloaf, meat spaghetti sauces all on Saturday morning and froze them for the next week. Joe’s family had certain meals on the same day every week. That will never happen in our home, I get bored with the same old, same old and have this need to change, improvise and make it different almost every time.  Now there are certain recipes made by my Mom that will always remain the same but for everything else it is fair game for me to change it up!!!

So how does this lead into making Semifredo, well…I at one time had hundreds of cookbooks and love watching cooking shows. I have total series of Julia, Jacque, most of the shows Keith Floyd made, to Gok Wan, Ming Tsai, Jamie and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to name just a few. My cookbook collections included Southern Livings annuals, Cooking Light annuals, Betty Crocker, Joy of Cooking, Better Homes and Gardens and so many other I honestly cannot name them. These are books and the chefs that have shaped the cook that I am today.

I just watched Better Homes and Gardens Australia and the one presenter was making Semifredo which is a semi hard Italian ice cream.  It looked interesting so I decided to try it for myself.

I found a very easy recipe by Donna Hay:

Donna Hay Basic Semifreddo


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks extra
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 cups (500ml) single (pouring) cream


  1. Place the eggs, extra yolks, vanilla and sugar in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water and, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat for 6–8 minutes or until thick and pale. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk the cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold through the egg mixture until well combined.
  3. Pour into a 2 litre-capacity metal tin and freeze for 6 hours or overnight. Makes 2 litres.

 This is the base we use in all our semifreddo recipes. You could create your own flavour by folding a range of fruit, spices or syrups through the mixture. Think passionfruit pulp, puréed mango or whole berries such as raspberries or blueberries.

Recipe by Donna Hay.  This is the actual recipe off the internet and Australians spell many words differently that we do in the US.  So don’t comment on the spelling, just try the recipe. It is fabulous.

I made waffles this morning and this was a snack this afternoon.  REALLY SPECIAL.

IMG_2975 We will never be stick thin, I know and accept that fact. Our lives are full, full of peace, happiness, good food, good conversations and a great relationship that has matured and bloomed into a fabulous life.